LeBron mystifies Wizards

Posted: Monday, February 02, 2004

WASHINGTON LeBron James scored a career-high 38 points and Cleveland notched its 18th victory, surpassing its win total from last season with a 104-100 road win over the Washington Wizards.

The No. 1 overall draft pick went 14-of-27 from the field, 9-of-11 from the free-throw line and had six rebounds and four assists. He made four three-point plays, including three during his 19-point third quarter.

James' previous high had been 37 points against Boston on Dec. 13.

Carlos Boozer added 21 points for the Cavaliers, who improved to 5-20 on the road this season and have won six of eight. Rookie Jarvis Hayes led the Wizards with 20 points.

Timberwolves 106, 76ers 101

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 32 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists Sunday, helping rally the Minnesota Timberwolves from an 18-point deficit for their biggest comeback of the season, a 106-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Garnett scored eight points and Sam Cassell added nine of his 29 to account for all of Minnesota's scoring in the last five minutes. The Timberwolves shot 22-for-22 from the line and erased an 18-point first-half deficit.

Allen Iverson scored 28 points and Glenn Robinson had 27 for the Sixers, who are 3-9 since their last two-game winning streak.

Minnesota trailed for three quarters but the lead changed hands 17 times in the final period. The Sixers missed three free throws in the final 3:03.

Eric Snow missed an open baseline jumper with Philadelphia trailing 100-99, and Cassell 10-for-10 from the line made two free throws to push the lead to three.

Iverson's layup with 11.6 seconds left cut the lead to 102-101. Cassell added two free throws and Iverson's long 3-point attempt to tie came up well short.

Latrell Sprewell added 21 points for Minnesota, which won its 12th straight at home.

Lakers 84, Raptors 83

TORONTO Shaquille O'Neal scored 36 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers win to start their longest road trip in 12 years.

Vince Carter had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but Rick Fox and Gary Payton converged on him as he drove to the basket. Carter threw up the ball, thinking he had been fouled but official Luis Grillo did not call one.

O'Neal also didn't agree with some calls down the stretch, and used profanities in a postgame interview with Los Angeles-based KCAL-TV to show his frustration.

Payton added 14 points for the Lakers, who are in the midst of playing seven road games in 11 days their longest trip since 1991-92. Carter had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Donyell Marshall had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.



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