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LeBron, Shaq help Cavs to 102-93 win over Magic

LEBRON James scored 36 points and Shaquille O'Neal provided an inside presence as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 102-93 yesterday in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals.

O'Neal battled boos and bruises to score 10 points and keep Dwight Howard in foul trouble for most of the night, giving James and Co. all the inside strength they sorely lacked last season. Mo Williams added 28 points to help the Cavs take a 15-point halftime lead, go ahead by 20 after three quarters and roll to an easy victory.

Vince Carter had 29 points, and Howard had only 11 points for the Magic. Orlando was without suspended All-Star forward Rashard Lewis.

Celtics 105, Jazz 86

At Boston, the Celtics beat Utah to match their 8-1 start from their NBA title-winning season two years ago.

Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists, Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, Paul Pierce had 13 and Ray Allen 15 for the Celtics.

Deron Williams, who was a game-time decision because of a bruised left calf, had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes for Utah.

Suns 124, Hornets 104

At Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash combined to hit all eight of their first-quarter shots as Phoenix routed New Orleans to improve to 8-1, matching Boston for the best record in the NBA

Stoudemire finished with 21 points, Grant Hill had 18, and Nash had 12 points and 10 assists. The victory was the Suns' 12th straight at home, including nine last season. Chris Paul led New Orleans with 25 points.

Hawks 114, Knicks 101

At New York, Al Horford scored a season-high 25 points and had nine rebounds, and Atlanta overcame a 14-point deficit to send New York to its fifth straight loss.

Josh Smith added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks. Toney Douglas scored a season-high 23 points in his first start for the Knicks (1-8), off to their worst start since also dropping eight of nine in 2002.

Spurs 92, Mavericks 83

At San Antonio, Richard Jefferson scored 29 points as San Antonio survived another game without the injured Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.

Manu Ginobili had 13 points in the first meeting between the Texas rivals since the Mavericks cruised past the ailing Spurs in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas.

76ers 82, Nets 79

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Marreese Speights had a go-ahead three-point play with 1:10 to play as Philadelphia extended New Jersey's worst start to 0-8.

Thaddeus Young had 20 points to lead the 76ers, and Speights finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. Brook Lopez had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets.

Trail Blazers 107, Timberwolves 84

At Minneapolis, Greg Oden Oden had 18 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters, and Rudy Fernandez added 15 points for Portland.

The Blazers have won four in a row and are off to their best start since 1999 at 6-3. Jonny Flynn had 15 points and six rebounds for Minnesota. The Timberwolves have lost eight in a row since a season-opening win over New Jersey.

Pacers 108, Warriors 94

At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 31 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Indiana to its third straight victory.

Roy Hibbert and Earl Watson each added 16 points for the Pacers. Corey Maggette led Golden State with 21 points, and Anthony Randolph had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Raptors 99, Bulls 89

At Toronto, Chris Bosh had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Jose Calderon scored 18 points to help Toronto even its record at 4-4.

Andrea Bargnani added 16 points for the Raptors. Luol Deng and Taj Ginbson each scored 18 points for Chicago, 10 for 40 from the field in the second half.

Bucks 108, Nuggets 102

At Milwaukee, rookie Brandon Jennings scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, and Andrew Bogut added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee.

Jennings also had nine assists. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, and Chauncey Billups added 19 points.

Pistons 98, Bobcats 75

At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Charlie Villanueva had a season-high 30 points for Detroit, outscoring Charlotte 18-12 by himself in the third quarter.

Gerald Wallace had 12 points for the Bobcats.

Rockets 104, Grizzlies 79

At Houston, Luis Scola had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Carl Landry had 20 points for Houston, sending Memphis to its seventh straight loss.

O.J. Mayo led the Grizzlies with 19 points.

Thunder 83, Clippers 79

At Los Angeles, Kevin Durant hit the go-ahead jump shot from the left corner with 38 seconds left for two of his 30 points as Oklahoma City ended a two-game road losing skid.

Chris Kaman led the Clippers with 20 points and 11 rebounds.


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