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James guides Cavs to record 58th win

LEBRON James scored 22 points with 11 assists as the Cavaliers set a franchise record with their 58th win - and 10th straight - by beating the New Jersey Nets 98-87 last night.

With 11 games left in the regular season, the Cavs already have surpassed the club mark of 57 wins shared by the 1988-89 and 1991-92 teams. Also, James joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to post 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a season at least four times.

Cleveland, which trailed 82-81 with less than 4 minutes left, also improved to an NBA-best 33-1 at home.

Wizards 95, Bobcats 93

At Washington, Antawn Jamiscon scored 27 points, Nick Young had 23 and short-handed Washington held off Charlotte.

Mike James and Andray Blatche added 15 points each for the Wizards, who had only eight players available and rallied from a 20-point deficit.

Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but missed a potential tying free throw with 6.5 seconds left.

Spurs 102, Hawks 92

At Atlanta, Tony Parker scored 42 points as San Antonio, playing without Tim Duncan, ended Atlanta's eight-game home winning streak.

Parker enjoyed his second-best scoring total of the season. He set a career high with 55 points at Minnesota on Nov. 5.

Joe Johnson had 30 points, including Atlanta's first 11 points of the fourth quarter, but he had too little help as the Hawks sustained their first loss at home since March 1.

Pacers 90, Heat 88

At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 28 points as Indiana continued its home-court mastery of cold-shooting Dwyane Wade and Miami.

Wade, the NBA scoring leader at almost 30 points a game, scored 21 but was just 5-of-24 from the field and missed a shot at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Indiana trailed by four early in the fourth but took control with a 13-1 run midway through the quarter and held on for their 17th straight win at home against the Heat. Wade has never won in Conseco Fieldhouse.

76ers 96, Timberwolves 88

At Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young scored 29 points and Andre Miller had 15 to lead Philadelphia past Minnesota.

The Sixers are the worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA and hadn't made one all game until the fourth quarter, when Andre Iguodala and Royal Ivey hit two apiece to open up a double-digit lead.

Rodney Carney scored 21 points and Craig Smith had 20 for the Timberwolves.

Raptors 115, Bucks 106

At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points, and Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon had double-doubles to lead the Raptors.

Bosh had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Calderon added 19 points and 11 assists to help the Raptors win consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 22-24. Shawn Marion scored 17 points, Anthony Parker had 15 and Jason Kapono 14 .

Richard Jefferson shook off a recent shooting slump, going 10-for-18 and scoring 22 points for the Bucks, who lost their third straight. Charlie Bell scored 20 points and Ramon Sessions had 18.

Clippers 140, Knicks 135, OT

At New York, Mike Taylor more than doubled his career high with 35 points, Zach Randolph added 33 against his former team, and the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted New York.

Al Thornton scored 21 and Eric Gordon had 19 for the Clippers, who snapped a nine-game road losing streak. Seemingly on the way to being run off the floor while surrendering 44 points in the first quarter, they quickly erased a huge early deficit and finished shooting 58 percent from the field.

Nuggets 101, Hornets 88

At New Orleans, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points as Denver snapped the Hornets' three-game winning streak.

Chauncey Billups scored 26 points, hitting four of his five 3-pointers in the second half to help the Nuggets pull away after the game was tied with a little over 7 minutes to go in the third quarter.

Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists, and David West scored 18 points for New Orleans, which dropped a game behind Denver in the Western Conference standings.

Magic 84, Celtics 82

At Orlando, Florida, Dwight Howard blocked a potential go-ahead layup by Boston's Paul Pierce with 3.8 seconds left, helping Orlando clinch its second straight Southeast Division title.

Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds as the Magic (53-18) bumped Boston (54-19) by percentage points for second in the Eastern Conference behind Cleveland. Orlando remains five games behind Cleveland for the conference lead with 11 games left. The Magic took division title with Atlanta's loss to San Antonio.

Mavericks 128, Warriors 106

At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry came back from a four-day break as sharp as ever and J.J. Barea led a late surge, helping Dallas cruise past Golden State.

Nowitzki and Terry were a combined 15-of-18 in the first half, keeping Dallas well ahead once the game was just a few minutes old. Golden State managed to get within four points late in the third quarter, but then Barea got rolling.

Nowitzki and Terry each finished with 26 points, and Barea had 20 as the Mavericks shot 58.5 percent and scored their most points of the season.

Suns 118, Jazz 114

At Phoenix, Grant Hill scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking jumper in the lane with 31.5 seconds remaining, to lift Phoenix past Utah for a season-high sixth straight victory.

Matt Barnes, with 18 points in the second half, and Jason Richardson each had 21 points for the Suns.

Deron Williams led Utah with 25 points and 10 assists.


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