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Wednesday, 27 February 2008 21:04
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 BOSTON (AP) -LeBron James returned from a first-half ankle injury to score 26 and become the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-point milestone, but the Boston Celtics got 22 points from Ray Allen to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-87 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Garnett scored 18 with 11 rebounds for Boston to help the NBA's top team win its third straight and improve to 2-2 for the season against the defending Eastern Conference champions.
James sprained his ankle and missed the last 4:24 of the first half, but X-rays were negative and he was back for the start of the second. Cavs coach Mike Brown took a longer break: He was ejected with 42 seconds left in the third quarter after he had to be restrained by his assistants while arguing a foul call against James.
But neither James' performance on the court or Brown's outburst could help Cleveland close what was a double-digit deficit most of the game. After hitting the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to make it 75-66, the Cavs never got closer than 10 points until the final minute.
James reached the 10,000-point milestone at 23 years and 59 days. It took him 368 games to do it - the ninth-fastest in league history.
Nuggets 138, SuperSonics 96
SEATTLE (AP) - Allen Iverson scored 31 points, and Denver scored the most points in the NBA this season.
The Nuggets snapped a three-game losing streak, shooting 67.0 - a franchise record. The previous best was nearly 30 years ago, when the Nuggets shot 66.7 percent against New Jersey early in the 1978 season. Denver also bettered the 66.2 percent shooting of the Lakers earlier this season, the previous best in the league.
The highest scoring game before Wednesday night came against Denver, when the Suns scored 137.
Kenyon Martin made 11 of 14 shots and scored 23 points, including a trio of dunks in the third quarter alone. Carmelo Anthony added 16 points and played just 30 minutes.
Mickael Gelabale scored 16 points for Seattle. Rookie Kevin Durant made just 4 of 17 attempts and scored 16 points.
Hornets 120, Suns 103
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul had 25 points, 15 assists and three steals to help New Orleans end a three-game losing skid.
David West scored 27 points and reserve guard Jannero Pargo 22 added for New Orleans, which shot 53 percent in avoiding its first four-game losing streak of the season.
The Suns continued to struggle since trading Shawn Marion for Shaquille O'Neal, but they couldn't blame their third loss in five games solely on the veteran 7-foot-1 center, who had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Hornets center Tyson Chandler broke out of a slump with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Leandro Barbosa scored 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers, Raja Bell had 14 points and Steve Nash 13 assists.
Jazz 103, Pistons 95
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mehmet Okur scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Utah rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Detroit for the sixth straight time.
The Pistons went without a field goal for almost 12 minutes between the end of the third and midway through the fourth.
Paul Millsap scored 19, including 16 in the second half and led Utah's comeback. Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 15 rebounds and Deron Willliams had 14 points and 14 assists.
Bulls 113, Pacers 107
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Larry Hughes had 29 points and Drew Gooden added 10 points and 15 rebounds, helping new-look Chicago to a victory.
Luol Deng finished with 16 points and Ben Gordon scored 15 for the Bulls (23-34), who won for the first time since acquiring Hughes and Gooden from Cleveland on Feb. 21.
Mike Dunleavy had 25 points, Travis Diener scored 22 and Troy Murphy chipped in 19 for the slumping Pacers (22-36).
Knicks 113, Bobcats 89
NEW YORK (AP) - Nate Robinson scored 22 points, Jamal Crawford added 20, and the New York Knicks matched their most lopsided victory of the season.
Zach Randolph had 18 points and Quentin Richardson 17 for the Knicks, who are usually on the other end of these types of beatings. But New York blew by banged-up Charlotte after a slow start, getting 25 fast-break points and shooting 51 percent from the floor.
Matt Carroll scored 19 points for the Bobcats, who lost their third straight.
76ers 101, Magic 89
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andre Miller scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and Willie Green had a season-high 26 to lead Phildadelphia.
The Sixers had lost their first two meetings to Orlando earlier this month, four straight overall against the Magic and six of the last seven.
Andre Iguodala added 24 points, and the Sixers constantly harassed Orlando center Dwight Howard, who managed 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting and 16 rebounds.
Raptors 107, Timberwolves 85
TORONTO (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 28 points, T.J. Ford had 16 and Toronto beat Minnesota for the eighth straight time.
Andrea Bargnani had 12 and Jamario Moon added 11 for Toronto, which has won five of six overall and four straight at home.
Al Jefferson scored 23 points and Rashad McCants had 19 for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight of their past 10.
Hawks 123, Kings 117
ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Bibby had 24 points and 12 assists in his home debut for Atlanta against his former team.
Joe Johnson had 26 points to lead the Hawks, who had dropped two straight and eight of nine.
Beno Udrih and Brad Miller each scored 25 points to lead the Kings.
The Hawks acquired Bibby in a trade Feb. 16 that sent Shelden Williams, a former fifth overall pick, along with three other players and a second-round draft choice to Sacramento.
Trail Blazers 82, Clippers 80
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jarrett Jack tied a season high with 21 points, scoring 13 in the fourth quarter and leading Portland over Los Angeles.
Playing at Staples Center for the second straight night following their 96-83 loss to the Lakers, the Blazers blew a 14-point lead after squandering a 15-point advantage against the Lakers and a 17-point margin in Sunday's home loss to Boston.
Corey Maggette scored 32 points for the Clippers, but missed a potential go-ahead basket with 8 seconds remaining.
 

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