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Thursday, 24 April 2008 19:47
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 WASHINGTON (AP) -DeShawn Stevenson scored 19 points, Caron Butler added 17, highlighted by an incredible layup move in the first half, and the Washington Wizards took themselves off the ropes by beating Cleveland 108-72 on Thursday night, cutting the Cavaliers' lead to 2-1 in the first-round series.
One game after setting a franchise playoff record with a 30-point win in Game 2, the Cavaliers set another team postseason mark by losing by 36. The margin of victory also set a Wizards franchise playoff record.
Washington will also host Game 4 on Sunday.
LeBron James finished with 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 from the line. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.
Rockets 94, Jazz 92
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Tracy McGrady snapped out of his fourth-quarter slump and scored seven of his 27 points in the final period, giving Houston life in a series that could have been headed for a sweep.
Rafer Alston added 20 points and five assists in his first game in nearly two weeks as Houston avoided falling behind 3-0 in the series by beating the team that had the best home record in the NBA during the regular season. Game 4 is Saturday back in Utah, where the Jazz were 37-4 this season.
Carl Landry had 11 rebounds and blocked Deron Williams' shot that could have won it for the Jazz just before the buzzer.
Williams had 28 points and 12 assists.
Raptors 108, Magic 94
TORONTO (AP) - T.J. Ford scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 18 points and 13 assists, and Toronto beat Orlando in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Hedo Turkoglu added 24 points and Rashard Lewis had 19.
Jamario Moon had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup for Toronto, while Chris Bosh and Jason Kapono each scored 15 points and Anthony Parker 10.
The Raptors finished 12-for-34 from 3-point range and set playoff highs for points in a game and a half (61). Game 4 is Saturday afternoon in Toronto.
 

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