|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 09 December 2008 18:22|
In winning their ninth straight by at least 12 points, the Cavaliers, now 17-1 since Nov. 3, are the first team in league history to win nine consecutive games in a single season so handily. Cleveland came in tied with Portland (1990-91), Chicago (1996-97), Detroit (2003-04) and Houston (2007-08).
And the way they're playing, it doesn't look like anyone can run with the Cavs right now. They've won the nine games in their streak by an average of 21.5 points.
Jazz 99, Timberwolves 96
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mehmet Okur hit the go-ahead shot with 1.7 seconds to play and Utah capitalized on 16 missed free throws by Minnesota in Kevin McHale's season debut as Timberwolves coach.
Jazz to hang around.
Kyle Korver buried a 3-pointer from the elbow to give Utah a 95-94 lead with 54 seconds to go. After two free throws from Randy Foye gave the Wolves the lead again with 7.8 seconds left, Okur swished a fallaway jumper from 11 feet to put the Jazz on top for good.
Ronnie Brewer scored 25 points for the Jazz on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Sloan's promotion to the team's head coach.
Wizards 107, Pistons 94
WASHINGTON (AP) - Caron Butler scored his expected 33 points, Juan Dixon added an unexpected 16, Darius Songaila got a surprising 15, and Washington overcame a miserable start to rally over Detroit's redesigned lineup.
The Wizards improved to 3-5 under interim coach Ed Tapscott, while the Pistons have lost four of five and dropped to 7-9 since the trade for Allen Iverson. Iverson started at shooting guard Tuesday night but he wasn't much of a factor, scoring 13 points.
Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 29 points, Rasheed Wallace added 19, and new starting point guard Rodney Stuckey had 10 points and 11 assists for the Pistons.
Rockets 92, Hawks 84
HOUSTON (AP) - Yao Ming scored 24 points and grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds, and Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Atlanta.
Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Josh Smith added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.
Bulls 105, Knicks 100
CHICAGO (AP) - Larry Hughes hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 55 seconds to go and Chicago rallied in the fourth quarter to beat New York.
Drew Gooden led the Bulls with a season-high 22 points and 16 rebounds. Ben Gordon, who tied the game at 97 with a 3-pointer, added 17 points and Hughes had 16.
Al Harrington shot 13-for-21 from the field and finished with 28 points to lead the Knicks. Quentin Richardson added 22 points, while Chris Duhon scored 15, had 14 assists and grabbed nine rebounds in his return to the United Center. Duhon played his first four seasons for Chicago before signing with the Knicks as a free agent.