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LeBron James scores 33 as Cavaliers beat Raptors

LEBRON James scored 33 and eclipsed 12,000 points for his career as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their 23rd straight home game 101-83 over the Toronto Raptors yesterday.

James became the fastest player in NBA history to reach the 12,000-point plateau. At 24 years, 35 days, he did it quicker than Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant, who was 25 years, 220 days.

Daniel Gibson scored 18 and Mo Williams 16 as the Cavaliers broke the club record for consecutive home wins set during the 1988-89 season.

Chris Bosh scored 29 and Jermaine O'Neal 20 to pace Toronto.

Celtics 100, 76ers 99

At Philadelphia, Ray Allen took a perfect pass from Paul Pierce and buried a baseline 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to give Boston its 12th straight victory.

Andre Iguodala had just hit a fallaway jumper for a 99-97 lead for Philadelphia, which led the entire fourth quarter until the final basket.

Pierce scored 29 points, Allen, 23 and Glen Davis had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Iguodala scored 22 points and Andre Miller had 21 for Philadelphia.

Timberwolves 116, Pacers 111

At Indianapolis, Randy Foye scored 19 points, and Minnesota snapped a three-game skid with a victory over Indiana.

Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes each scored 16 points, Kevin Love had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Al Jefferson had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Danny Granger scored 28 points, Mike Dunleavy scored 20 and Troy Murphy added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost back-to-back home games.

Rockets 107, Bulls 100

At Houston, Yao Ming scored 28 points, and Luis Scola scored 13 points and matched a career high with 18 rebounds as Houston beat Chicago.

Aaron Brooks scored 18 and Tracy McGrady added 16 for the Rockets, who've won six straight and 11 of 12 games against the Bulls.

Luol Deng scored a season-high 28 and Ben Gordon scored 20 for Chicago, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Nets 99, Buck 85

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Vince Carter had 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his fifth-career triple double as New Jersey downed Milwaukee to spoil Richard Jefferson's homecoming.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds to complement Carter, who had his third triple-double with the Nets and first since April 4, 2002, against Washington.

It was the first time back in New Jersey for Jefferson, who spent his first seven seasons with the Nets, after being dealt for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian this past summer.

Although he started off the night by missing his first three shots, Jefferson finished by hitting 7-of-16 from the field to lead Milwaukee with 27 points.

Nuggets 104, Spurs 96

At Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points to lead Denver over a under strength San Antonio after nearly frittering away a 17-point lead.

The Spurs are without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Ginobili has a bruised hip, and coach Gregg Popovich said he decided to give Duncan and Parker the night off in Denver following the Spurs' overtime win at Golden State Monday.

Anthony had to come back into the game with 8:47 left and the Nuggets clinging to an 80-78 lead. His return had an immediate impact as he spaced the floor and the Nuggets suddenly had open looks and went on a 9-0 run.


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