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James leads Cavs past Nets 96-91

James leads Cavs past Nets 96-91

LeBron James scored 19 points and added a season-high 13 rebounds, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers cap their most successful week in nearly 14 years with a 96-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.
By beating San Antonio, Boston, Milwaukee and New Jersey since Tuesday, the Cavaliers have won four games in five nights for the first time since Feb. 2-6, 1993. It's just the streak they were looking for before departing on a seven-game, two-week road trip.
Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden scored 21 points apiece and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 as the Cavaliers improved to 15-3 at home this season _ and 26-3 since March 5 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Vince Carter and Mikki Moore had 18 points apiece and Richard Jefferson 17 for the Nets, who pulled within 93-91 on Jefferson's 3-pointer with 17 seconds left.
Gooden gave the Nets a chance to tie it by missing one of two free throws with 9.3 seconds to go. However, Carter misfired on a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining and Gooden sealed Cleveland's seventh win in eight games by hitting a pair of free throws in the final second.
Hawks 86, Clippers 74
At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Zaza Pachulia added 22, and Atlanta downed the Los Angeles Clippers to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Atlanta won for the first time since a Dec. 15 victory at Memphis. It won at home for the first time since beating Charlotte on Nov. 29.
Elton Brand led Los Angeles with 26 points, including 12 in the first quarter, and Tim Thomas had 14.
The Clippers fell to 0-11 on the road when trailing after three quarters.
Pacers 100, Hornets 93
At Oklahoma City, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson each scored 27 points and Jermaine O'Neal made two key layups in his first game since issuing a challenge to his Indiana teammates.
O'Neal hit back-to-back layups from the left block to break away from an 83-all tie and spark a 10-3 run that gave the Pacers control of the game in the final 4 minutes.
O'Neal finished with 22 points in his first game since calling the Pacers "a very average team" and suggesting that he and the team should go "separate ways" at the end of the season "if I can't take this team to another level."
Desmond Mason scored 28 points for New Orleans.
Bulls 106, Pistons 89
At Chicago, Luol Deng scored 30, Ben Wallace finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds in his first game against his former team, and Chicago beat Detroit.
Ben Gordon scored 23 and Andres Nocioni added 21 points for Chicago.
It was a good ending to a tough week for the Bulls, who lost 97-96 to Phoenix on Leandro Barbosa's 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left on Tuesday and fell 91-86 at New Jersey on Friday after scoring the first 18 points. Chicago had dropped 14 of 16 overall to the Pistons and 12 straight at home.
Richard Hamilton had his second straight 27-point game for the Pistons, and Nazr Mohammed scored 15.
Jazz 96, Nuggets 84
At Denver, Deron Williams tied a career high with 28 points and Carlos Boozer shrugged off a slow start to finish with 24 for Utah's win over Denver.
Williams also had 12 assists and Boozer grabbed 12 rebounds. The Jazz are now 21-5 when Boozer records a double-double.
Utah saw a 19-point lead in the first half cut to 68-67 with 9:30 remaining in the game. However, the Jazz went on a 10-0 run to restore some breathing room and send the Nuggets to their season-high fifth straight loss.
Allen Iverson and Earl Boykins had 22 points apiece for Denver.
Warriors 108, SuperSonics 104
At Oakland, California, Baron Davis had 22 points and 11 assists to lead Golden State to its sixth straight home win.
Davis helped Golden State overcome 38 points from Ray Allen and 16 missed free throws to hand Seattle its 11th straight road loss.
Allen's seventh 3-pointer tied it at 103 with 2:13 to play. Both teams traded misses before Davis rebounded an errant 3-pointer from Monta Ellis, dribbled out from under the basket and fed Matt Barnes for the go-ahead score with 1:05 to go.
Ellis, who missed the previous five games with a bruised right shoulder, added 20 points for the Warriors.
Chris Wilcox scored 22 points for the Sonics.
Blazers 110, Kings 105, OT
At Sacramento, California, Zach Randolph had 30 points and 14 rebounds for Portland, which tied Sacramento at the buzzer in regulation and went on to win in overtime.
Trailing 95-93, Portland rookie Brandon Roy forced overtime with a 15-foot, fallaway jumper over John Salmons.
With the shot clock running down late in overtime, Randolph drove to the basket, made a spinning flip shot over Shareef Abdur-Rahim to put the Blazers ahead for good at 104-102 with 44 seconds left. Roy made two free throws with 9.3 seconds for 106-102 Portland lead.
Mike Bibby led Sacramento with 28 points.
Roy scored a career-high 23 points for the Blazers.
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Updated : 2021-10-18 01:06 GMT+08:00