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Posted: Friday, February 04, 2005

MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat overcame 31 points and 10 assists from All-Star LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-88 on Thursday night.

O'Neal, named an All-Star for the 12th time earlier in the day, scored eight points in the fourth quarter to help the Eastern Conference-leading Heat send Cleveland to its fourth loss in five road games.

Eddie Jones added 22 points and Dwyane Wade scored 20 for the Heat, who improved to 12-2 following a loss.

Clippers 106, Grizzlies 103

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bobby Simmons scored seven of his 26 points in the final three minutes and finished 10-of-12 from the field in Los Angeles' comeback victory over Memphis.

Marko Jaric added 25 points and six assists to help the Clippers win their third straight and snap a seven-game losing streak against the Grizzlies.

Memphis' Brian Cardinal missed a desperation shot from beyond midcourt at the buzzer, sending the Grizzlies to only their second loss in seven games.

Elton Brand had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, and Zeljeko Rebraca added 14 points in a reserve role. The Clippers were 11-of-14 from the field in the fourth quarter and finished the game at 60 percent.

Spurs 103, Lakers 91

LOS ANGELES — Tony Parker had 22 points and nine assists, Tim Duncan scored 17 points despite hyperextending his left knee, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Los Angeles Lakers.

The game was the first for the Lakers since Rudy Tomjanovich resigned as coach, citing health concerns. Frank Hamblen, Tomjanovich's replacement, lobbied for the return of Phil Jackson before the game.

The Spurs outscored Los Angeles 37-15 in the third quarter for an 80-55 lead, and led 89-61 early in the fourth when the Lakers went on a 23-2 run to draw within seven points with 3:51 remaining. But that was as close as they would get.

Duncan was injured with 8:40 left before halftime in a collision with Caron Butler, and sat out the rest of the quarter. Duncan started the second half and had nine points and five rebounds in the third quarter before coming out for good.

with 3:39 to play in the period.

Malik Rose had season-high totals of 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili had 17 points and nine assists for the Spurs (38-10), who have won four straight and eight of nine.

Lamar Odom had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers (24-20), who missed another opportunity for a season-high three-game winning streak. They've won consecutive games 10 times, but failed in each of those situations to win a third straight.

Heat 100, Cavaliers 88

MIAMI (AP) — Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Miami overcame 31 points and 10 assists from All-Star LeBron James to beat Cleveland.

O'Neal, named an All-Star for the 12th time earlier in the day, scored eight points in the fourth quarter to help the Eastern Conference-leading Heat send Cleveland to its fourth loss in five road games.

Eddie Jones added 22 points and Dwyane Wade scored 20 for the Heat, who improved to 12-2 following a loss.

James, who, at 20, is the second-youngest player to be named a starter in All-Star history, made 11 of 23 shots for Cleveland, which has lost two straight for the first time since Dec. 18. The Cavaliers had won eight in a row following a loss.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 23 points and Drew Gooden had 10 points and 12 rebounds — his sixth straight double-double — for the Cavaliers, who fell 1 1/2 games behind idle Detroit in the Central Division.

Clippers 106, Grizzlies 103

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Bobby Simmons scored seven of his 26 points in the final three minutes and finished 10-of-12 from the field in Los Angeles' comeback victory over Memphis.

Marko Jaric added 25 points and six assists to help the Clippers win their third straight and snap a seven-game losing streak against the Grizzlies.

Memphis' Brian Cardinal missed a desperation shot from beyond midcourt at the buzzer, sending the Grizzlies to only their second loss in seven games.

Elton Brand had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, and Zeljeko Rebraca added 14 points in a reserve role. The Clippers were 11-of-14 from the field in the fourth quarter and finished the game at 60 percent.

Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 16 points.



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