Sunday's National Basketball Association Capsules

Jan 7, 2008 - 2:15 AM By PA SportsTicker

CLEVELAND 93, TORONTO 90 ------------------------

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers were sleep-walking their way through a listless performance, so LeBron James decided to take matters into his own hands.

James scored 24 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers rallied from an early 20-point deficit to defeat the Toronto Raptors, 93-90.

The Raptors took a 70-59 lead into the final quarter but could not control James in the final period.

The 23-year-old superstar hit 8-of-10 shots in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers. The Cavaliers took their first lead, 81-80, on James' 26-footer with four minutes remaining.

He finished 14-of-29 from the field after making just five of his first 17 shots. James also grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out eight assists.

Toronto scored the game's first seven points and opened a 35-15 lead on Chris Bosh's dunk with 10:18 remaining in the first half.

Bosh scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Anthony Parker added 20 for the Raptors. Parker also grabbed nine rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 88, LA CLIPPERS 82 ------------------------------

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Manu Ginobili returned from an injury after missing five games and led the San Antonio Spurs to an 88-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ginobili, who sprained his left index finger against the Clippers on December 22, scored 23 points - including 12 in the fourth quarter - and helped his team earn its first road win in five games.

The Spurs were led by guard Tony Parker, who had 26 points. Center Tim Duncan had a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 17 rebounds before leaving in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter after banging knees with Corey Maggette.

The Clippers were able to take a 10-point lead at 7:35 of the second quarter, partly on poor shooting by the Spurs. San Antonio shot 35 percent in the first half and was 6-of-18 in the first quarter.

The Spurs, however, tied the score at 42-42 at the half aided by an 8-1 run.

It was the second straight game the Clippers were tied at the half, but unlike the previous contest, they stayed close to their opponent. There were two lead changes in the first half, but five and 10 ties in the third quarter.

MEMPHIS 101, MIAMI 94 ---------------------

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Pau Gasol, Mike Miller and Rudy Gay combined to score 75 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies hand the Miami Heat a 101-94 loss at FedEx Forum.

Miami guard Dwayne Wade, who was held out of the team's road loss at Dallas on Friday with nagging injuries to his shoulder, knee and pinkie finger, had a chance to tie the game at 94-94 with 1:04 remaining, but missed a pair of free throws.

Gay buried a 21-footer on the other end off an assist from rookie guard Mike Conley and Miller and reserve guard Juan Carlos Navarro each knocked down a pair of free throws over the final 27 seconds in handing the Heat their seventh consecutive loss.

Wade finished with 18 points on 7-of-20 shooting off the bench for Miami, which got a season-high 24 points from Ricky Davis.

Gasol finished with a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds. Miller had 25 and Gay added 22 for the Grizzlies, who snapped a three-game losing streak at home.

DALLAS 101, MINNESOTA 78 ------------------------

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points and Josh Howard added 22 as the Dallas Mavericks routed the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-78.

Dallas was pushed to the limit by woeful the Miami Heat (8-25) on Friday before Devin Harris stole an inbounds pass and found Howard for a game-clinching layup with two seconds left in a 94-89 win.

But the Mavericks, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, made sure early that there would be no such struggles against the NBA's worst team.

Nowitzki shot 6-of-11 through two quarters as Dallas built a 58-35 lead after 24 minutes.

Al Jefferson collected 16 and 11 rebounds for Minnesota (4-29), which has lost eight straight for the first time since December 2-17, 1999, and is off to the worst start in franchise history.

WASHINGTON 108, SEATTLE 86 --------------------------

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Caron Butler scored 33 points, Antawn Jamison added 21 and 12 rebounds and the Washington Wizards held off Kevin Durant's Seattle SuperSonics, 108-86.

The league's top scoring rookie, Durant grew up in Washington, D.C. before heading to Texas for one year and eventually becoming the No. 2 overall pick of last June's draft.

With family and friends in attendance, Durant, who had 28 points in his return from a sprained index finger on Thursday, scored 19 points on just 7-of-21 from the floor as the SuperSonics lost their fourth straight road game.

While Durant failed to find his stroke, Butler had no such problems. The six-year veteran shot 12-of-21 from the floor and scored 16 points in the first half to lead the Wizards to a 52-46 lead at the break.

The always steady Jamison also contributed with his 21st double-double of the season, and Antonio Daniels ran the offense efficiently with 13 points and 10 assists.

Daniels, who missed seven games with a sprained MCL in mid-December, continued to fill in nicely for All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas, who had a second knee surgery in November and will not begin basketball activities for another three months.

On his 26th birthday, Arenas watched from the bench as the Wizards improved to 14-10 without the outspoken combo-guard.

MILWAUKEE 93, CHARLOTTE 89 --------------------------

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Andrew Bogut scored a season-high 25 points and hit the go-ahead layup as the Bucks posted 93-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Bogut came up big with eight points during a game-ending 13-2 run which helped the Bucks win consecutive road games for the first time this season.

And they did it without their leading scorer, Redd, who missed his second straight game with a bruised thigh.

The game was tied at 87-87 with 28 seconds left. After a timeout, Bogut was set up by Bobby Simmons, who took the inbound pass and drove the right baseline before dishing to the big man in the paint for a jump hook with 19 seconds left.

Charlie Bell, who scored a season-high 27 points off the bench, then stole the ball from Gerald Wallace and hit a pair of free throws. After a layup by Raymond Felton, Mo Williams sealed the win by hitting both free throws.

Wallace scored 25 points and Jason Richardson added 21 for Charlotte, which has lost seven of eight.

The Bobcats led 87-80 with 3:39 left, but the Bucks used a 7-0 run capped by a jumper from Bogut that tied the game at 87-87 with 1:34 remaining.

In a battle between two of the league's worst teams, neither squad was able to pull away.






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