West, Williams key Cavs’ victory
November 1, 2009
CLEVELAND – Delonte West scored 13 points in his delayed season debut, Mo Williams added 24 and LeBron James 14 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, back at full strength, rolled to a 90-79 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
Williams scored 12 in the fourth quarter – all on 3-pointers – and James added nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavs, now 2-2 after an 0-2 start.
West’s turbulent offseason finally brought him back to the floor. After missing all eight preseason games and Cleveland’s first three of the regular season to deal with personal issues, the troubled and valuable West went 5 of 7 from the field in 24 minutes.
Vladimir Radmanovic scored 12 and D.J. Augustin 11 to lead Charlotte.
Shaquille O’Neal made his first free throws of the season after 10 consecutive misses.
Wizards 123, Nets 104
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WASHINGTON – Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points, including a halfcourt buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter, Andray Blatche scored a career-high 30 and the Wizards won their home opener.
With injured two-time All-Stars Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison on the bench in their expensive dark suits, Arenas made 9 of 13 shots, 11 of 12 free throws and had seven assists.
Chris Douglas-Roberts had a career-high 25 points to lead the Nets, who were missing point guard Devin Harris – out at least a week with an injured right groin. Rafer Alston scored 20 points starting in Harris’ spot.
76ers 141, Knicks 127, OT
NEW YORK – Andre Iguodala scored 32 points, including the go-ahead three-point play in overtime, and Philadelphia blew a 23-point lead before beating the Knicks.
Lou Williams added 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers.
Al Harrington responded to a demotion with a career-high 42 points, but fouled out with the Knicks leading by three in overtime. Danilo Gallinari, who replaced him in the lineup, finished with a career-best 30.
Thaddeus Young scored 25 for the Sixers, who made 16 of 22 shots in the first quarter, rang up 70 points in the first half, and shot 61 percent in their second victory in two nights.
Bucks 96, Pistons 85
MILWAUKEE – Rookie Brandon Jennings scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, Hakim Warrick came off the bench to add 21 points and the Bucks won their home opener.
Ben Gordon scored 26, Rodney Stuckey 13 and Prince had 12 points for Detroit.
Richard Hamilton missed his second game with a sprained right ankle. He did not play in the Pistons’ loss to Oklahoma City on Friday.
Charlie Villanueva had 12 points in his first regular-season appearance for the Pistons after spending the previous three seasons with the Bucks. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with Detroit in July.
Spurs 113, Kings 94
SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker scored 24 points and Richard Jefferson added 21 points, leading the Spurs to a victory over the winless Kings.
The Spurs got a strong performance from Manu Ginobili, who scored 13 points and had three assists in a reserve role. After scoring 28 points against Chicago on Thursday, Tim Duncan had just seven points Saturday. He grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked one shot.
Kevin Martin had 26 points and Spencer Hawes scored 22 for the Kings, who dropped to 0-3.
Rockets 111, Trail Blazers 107
HOUSTON – Trevor Ariza scored a career-high 33 points, Aaron Brooks added 28 points and the Rockets held on to beat the Trail Blazers at home for the fifth straight time in the regular season.
Houston had to overcome a 42-point performance by Brandon Roy and a determined Trail Blazers offense that kept the game close to the end.
The Rockets made 12 of 24 3-point shots and shot 50.6 percent overall for the game. Ariza was 5 for 8 from 3-point range.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points for the Trail Blazers and Andre Miller had 15.
Mavericks 93, Clippers 84
LOS ANGELES – Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and nine rebounds, leading the Mavericks over the winless Clippers.
Jason Terry scored 16 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer that put the Mavericks in front to stay with 5:07 left.
The Clippers made only one field goal over the final 7:12, a seven-foot hook shot by Chris Kaman, who led Los Angeles with a career-high 27 points on 12-for-19 shooting. He had 11 rebounds.
Erick Dampier had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Kidd had 10 assists along with three points and six rebounds.