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|Tuesday, 08 January 2008 19:23|
Rashad McCants continued his sharp shooting streak with 27 points and the Timberwolves snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 101-91 victory over the reeling Heat.
Dwyane Wade had 25 points, seven assists and five rebounds for Miami, which played its sixth straight game without Shaquille O'Neal and has lost eight in a row to fall to an Eastern Conference-worst 8-27.
Al Jefferson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Marko Jaric had 17 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who notched just their fifth win of the season, and first since defeating Indiana on Dec. 21.
Cavaliers 95, SuperSonics 79
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James showed Kevin Durant how it's done by scoring 22 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't wait until the fourth quarter to put away the Seattle SuperSonics 95-79 on Tuesday night.
James, who scored 24 points in the fourth on Sunday when the Cavs (18-17) rallied for a win in Toronto, was able to sit out the final 8:36 as Cleveland coasted to its sixth win in seven games and moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 30.
Durant, Seattle's silky smooth rookie, scored 24 points and showed off some of his blossoming pro game while being guarded at times by James, who has become close friends with the No. 2 overall pick.
Durant sprained his left ankle while making a jump shot with 7:31 left in the fourth quarter. He untied his sneaker and briefly went to the bench before limping to Seattle's locker room for treatment and did not return.
Bucks 87, 76ers 83
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Bell and Mo Williams each scored 21 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.
Milwaukee has won three of four since the calendar turned, including all three games away from home. Andrew Bogut had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Charlie Villanueva added 15 points and 10 boards for the Bucks.
Andre Iguodala scored 21 points and Samuel Dalembert had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the 76ers, who have lost four straight.
The Sixers lost three in a row to complete a season-high six-game road trip. Coming home didn't help, though it probably felt like another road game.
Rockets 92, Wizards 84
WASHINGTON (AP) - Luther Head's season-high 24 points and Rafer Alston's double-double led Houston past the Washington Wizards for the Rockets' third consecutive victory.
Alston finished with 15 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Yao Ming scored 21 points for Houston, which is 5-2 since McGrady went down last month with a left knee injury.
McGrady, sitting on the sideline in a jacket and tie, will be checked out by the Rockets' medical staff Thursday to determine when he'll be able to return.
The Wizards also had a star scorer in street clothes, of course: Gilbert Arenas, out probably another two months after left knee surgery. But the two past All-Stars who have been leading the team in his absence, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, were quite quiet Tuesday.
Bobcats 115, Nets 99
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jason Richardson scored 25 points and the hot-shooting Charlotte Bobcats overcame Jason Kidd's third consecutive triple-double to beat the New Jersey Nets.
Gerald Wallace added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Emeka Okafor and Nazr Mohammed added 17 points apiece for the Bobcats, who shot 59 percent in their highest-scoring game of the season. Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Nets had their five-game winning streak snapped despite Kidd's 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. He became the first player since Detroit's Grant Hill 11 seasons ago to have three straight triple-doubles.
Richard Jefferson had 25 points and Vince Carter scored 17 on 5-of-15 shooting for the Nets, who struggled to defend inside in their worst performance in weeks.
Lakers 117, Grizzlies 101
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Derek Fisher scored 26 points and Kobe Bryant added 25 to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Memphis Grizzlies.
It was the 13th win in 16 games for the Lakers, who have won six of their last eight road games. The Grizzlies, who never led, were paced by Mike Miller with 19 points. Pau Gasol added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Rudy Gay finished with 15 points.
Memphis didn't give itself much of a chance by committing 20 turnovers that led to 25 Lakers points. In the second half, the Grizzlies got only as close as 12 points, and the Lakers answered with seven in a row to put away the game.
Jazz 111, Pacers 89
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and reserve Matt Harpring added 16 to power Utah.
The Jazz, who improved to 13-3 at home, took a 28-point lead in the first half on their way to handing the Pacers their worst loss of the season.
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 17 points and Jamaal Tinsley, who saw Indiana go 1-4 while he sat out with a hamstring injury, made his return with 13 points. The Pacers have started their five-game Western Conference road swing with two blowout defeats after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers 112-96 on Sunday.
Knicks 105, Bulls 100
CHICAGO (AP) - Eddy Curry scored a season-high 29 points, Jamal Crawford added 24 and New York rallied to beat Chicago and snap a seven-game losing streak.
Stephon Marbury, who scored 18 points, hit two 3-pointers during the Knicks' game-ending 14-2 run, including one from the top of the key that made it 105-100 with 11 seconds left. That sealed the win for the Knicks, who are 2-13 on the road.
Joe Smith led Chicago with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Ben Gordon scored 21 points, and Kirk Hinrich added 20 points and nine assists. But the Bulls couldn't hang on even though they had double-digit leads in each of the final three quarters.