Wizards trip up Cavaliers
WASHINGTON – LeBron James was stymied down the stretch by DeShawn Stevenson, Antawn Jamison delivered 31 points and 10 rebounds in his season debut, and the Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-91 Wednesday night to end a six-game losing streak.
Wearing a white protective sleeve over the right shoulder that sidelined him since October, Jamison looked in midseason form from the start, scoring 13 points in the first quarter.
James finished with 34 points and nine assists, but he scored only six points in the fourth quarter while shooting 3 for 7.
HAWKS 105, HEAT 90
ATLANTA – Joe Johnson made it two straight 30-point games, Josh Smith dominated during a decisive first-half run and Atlanta won its sixth in a row, beating Miami to reclaim a share of the NBA’s best record.
Johnson scored 30 points on the heels of a 35-point effort against Portland on Monday. Smith was all over the stat sheet: 16 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals.
BUCKS 99, NETS 85
MILWAUKEE – Andrew Bogut and Carlos Delfino each scored 21 points, Bogut also grabbed 11 rebounds, and Milwaukee beat winless New Jersey.
The short-handed Nets have lost 12 straight for their longest single-season losing streak in more than 19 years. This one was painful because Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a career-high 31 points and had 10 rebounds.
KNICKS 110, PACERS 103
INDIANAPOLIS – Al Harrington scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter against his former team, and New York beat Indiana to snap a six-game losing streak.
Larry Hughes had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Wilson Chandler scored 18 points and David Lee added 17 for the Knicks (2-9.
MAGIC 108, THUNDER 94
ORLANDO, Fla. – Rashard Lewis fell one assist shy of his first triple-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds in Orlando’s victory over Oklahoma City.
Lewis, who was suspended for the first 10 games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, didn’t play in the fourth quarter, which the Magic started with an 88-58 lead.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph scored 21 points apiece, and Memphis beat the Los Angeles Clippers for its second straight victory.
Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo each finished with 16 points.
76ERS 86, BOBCATS 84
PHILADELPHIA – Lou Williams’ layup with 3.1 seconds remaining lifted Philadelphia over Charlotte, ending the 76ers’ two-game losing streak.
Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, Williams had 19 and Elton Brand contributed season highs of 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Sixers.
DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his season-high 41 points in overtime and short-handed Dallas held on to beat injury-depleted San Antonio.
BOSTON – Rajon Rondo scored 12 of his season high-tying 18 points in the third quarter and Boston rebounded from a two-game skid by beating short-handed Golden State.
JAZZ 104, RAPTORS 91
SALT LAKE CITY – Rookie Eric Maynor scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping Utah hang on after blowing most of an 18-point lead.
BLAZERS 87, PISTONS 81
PORTLAND, Ore. – Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 20 points, and Portland held off tired but tenacious Detroit.
Andre Miller finished with 10 points and 11 assists.
MINNEAPOLIS – Luis Scola had 20 points and a season-high 16 rebounds as Houston handed Minnesota its 11th loss in a row.
Houston’s Trevor Ariza scored 18 points, Chuck Hayes had 11 points and 10 rebounds.