CLEVELAND LeBron James hit his first eight shots and scored 22 points to power the Cleveland Cavaliers past the New York Knicks 104-79 Saturday for their third straight victory.
James, in his fifth game wearing a clear mask to protect a broken left cheekbone, played only 32 minutes and shot 10-for-14 from the field including two resounding slams early in the second quarter.
Lucious Harris scored a season-high 16 points as Cleveland had five players in double figures and improved to 13-3 at home, 20-12 overall.
Tim Thomas scored 17 points for New York, which dropped under .500 (16-17) with its fourth consecutive loss.
Spurs 99, Nuggets 90
SAN ANTONIO Bruce Bowen held Carmelo Anthony in check and made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs hand Denver its ninth loss in 10 games.
Anthony, who entered the game averaging a team-leading 21.7 points, was limited to eight points on 4-for-15 shooting. He sat out most of the third quarter with foul trouble while the Nuggets rallied to pull to 72-68.
Manu Ginobili scored 22 points for San Antonio, while Tony Parker had 20 and Tim Duncan 19. Bowen made all five of his shots in the second half and finished with 17 points, and Rasho Nesterovic grabbed 11 rebounds.
Wizards 117, Timberwolves 114
WASHINGTON Gilbert Arenas scored seven of his season-high 40 points in the final 2:19 to lead the Wizards to their fourth consecutive victory.
Larry Hughes had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Wizards, who at 19-13 are off to their best start in 20 seasons. Antawn Jamison added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Washington.
Kevin Garnett, who finished with 25 points and 19 rebounds, scored 12 in the fourth quarter and gave the Timberwolves a 112-106 lead on a turnaround jumper with 2:02 remaining.
But the Timberwolves couldn't close out the Wizards and lost their seventh consecutive road game.
Magic 104, Nets 101
ORLANDO, Fla. Grant Hill scored 22 points, and the Magic won their third straight by holding off New Jersey's frantic comeback.
The Nets, trailing by 19 early in the fourth quarter, cut the deficit to two with 10 seconds remaining on Jason Kidd's fourth 3-pointer of the period.
Kidd had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double of the season and 60th of his career.
After the Nets fouled, Cuttino Mobley's free throws put the Magic back up by four. He made six foul shots in the final 26 seconds to finish with 19 points.
For the Magic, Hedo Turkoglu added 19 points, while Steve Francis had 16 and nine assists. Dwight Howard recorded his 11th double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Mavericks 121, Pacers 101
DALLAS The Mavericks made a franchise-best 74.3 percent of their shots in the first half, then cruised to a 121-101 victory over Indiana. Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 34 points and 13 rebounds and Michael Finley added a season-high 33.
Dallas has won five straight, its longest streak of the season, and is 7-1 since Jason Terry became the starting point guard. The Mavs are averaging over 110 points per game in that span and this was the third time they've hit at least 120. All the wins have been at least 14, too.
The Mavs led 77-55 at halftime. By contrast, Indiana has allowed 77 or less in two full games this season.
Although Jermaine O'Neal scored 32 points for the second straight game, the Pacers lost both after winning the previous four.
Hornets 121, Kings 117, OT
NEW ORLEANS Baron Davis had his first triple-double in more than two seasons, helping the Hornets end their 10-game losing streak with an overtime victory over Sacramento.
Davis scored 26 points, tied a career high with 17 assists and grabbed his 10th rebound late in overtime to ice the Hornets' third win of the season.
Rookie J.R. Smith tied a career high with 23 points for New Orleans, hitting four 3-pointers to go with several acrobatic inside moves.
Peja Stojakovic scored 37 points on 13-of-23 shooting, with 22 points coming after halftime, for the Kings. Chris Webber had 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Brad Miller had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Bulls 102, Celtics 91
CHICAGO Kirk Hinrich scored 22 points and tied a career high with 14 assists to lead the Bulls to their ninth win in 12 games.
Othella Harrington, in a rare start, matched a season high with 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who surged ahead with a 13-0 third-quarter run. Chicago rookie Luol Deng also had 19 points.
Paul Pierce scored 20 for Boston and Tony Allen added 14.
Suns 108, Clippers 91
LOS ANGELES Joe Johnson scored 23 points and Phoenix matched its victory total for last season after just 33 games with a rout of the Clippers.
Shawn Marion had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, who have won five straight and 25 of 27. They lead the league with a 29-4 record, the best start in the franchise's 37-year history. Last season Phoenix went 29-53, its third-worst record.
Bobby Simmons has 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost six of their last seven against the Suns at Staples Center.
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