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Cavaliers pin loss on Bulls

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005


  Chicago Bulls' Eddy Curry (2) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas (11) from Lithuania, in the second quarter Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, in Cleveland. AP Photo/Mark Duncan

Chicago Bulls' Eddy Curry (2) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas (11) from Lithuania, in the second quarter Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, in Cleveland.

AP Photo/Mark Duncan

CLEVELAND — Zydrunas Ilgauskas and LeBron James scored 41 of Cleveland's 57 points in the second half, and the Cavaliers returned from the All-Star break with a 100-91 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

Ilgauskas scored 33 points — 26 after halftime — and added eight rebounds and seven blocks, matching a career high. James finished with 27 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals as the Cavaliers improved to 21-5 at home.

Pacers 93, Heat 91, OT

INDIANAPOLIS — Jermaine O'Neal scored all three Indiana baskets in overtime, including a turnaround jumper from the baseline with 11 seconds remaining, and the Pacers beat a Shaq-less Miami.

O'Neal finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Pacers won their fourth straight game and their 11th in a row over the Heat.

Wizards 93, Grizzlies 83

WASHINGTON — Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and Antawn Jamison added 27 to lead the Wizards.

Arenas had 10 rebounds and six assists as the Wizards ended a three-game losing streak and won their fifth in a row at home. Jamison also finished with 10 rebounds.

Bucks 100, Nets 81

MILWAUKEE — Desmond Mason scored 15 points, and ZaZa Pachulia tied his career high with 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Milwaukee.

Michael Redd, who missed the last three games before the All-Star break because of a sprained finger, scored 11 points as Milwaukee won for fifth time in seven games.

SuperSonics 103, Hornets 85

NEW ORLEANS — Rashard Lewis made six 3-pointers and scored 26 points as Seattle beat New Orleans for the fourth straight time.

Lewis made eight of 11 shots from the field and six of eight 3-pointers — one more than the Hornets, capping the performance with a perfect night at the free throw line where he was 4-of-4.

Nuggets 107, Celtics 86

DENVER — The Nuggets made it seem like old times, running to a victory over Boston to give Doug Moe a win in his first game back on the bench as George Karl's new assistant.

Andre Miller scored 22 points, Carmelo Anthony had 19 and Kenyon Martin had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Suns 118, Clippers 101

PHOENIX — Leandro Barbosa, playing in place of the injured Steve Nash, scored a season-high 22 points, helping the Suns hand the Los Angeles Clippers their eighth consecutive loss.

Mavericks 101, Jazz 83

SALT LAKE CITY — Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his 29 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks rallied after blowing a 15-point lead.

Spurs 99, Rockets 81

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan scored 30 points and Tony Parker added 22 to lead the Spurs to their first over Houston in three tries this season.

San Antonio is now 24-1 at home this season, including its last 16 straight going back to early December.

Lakers 86, Trail Blazers 83

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kobe Bryant had 31 points and the Los Angeles Lakers held off a second-half Portland rally to beat the Trail Blazers.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim missed a 3-point attempt at the final buzzer, giving the Lakers their third straight win.

Warriors 101, Hawks 96

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jason Richardson scored 31 points, Derek Fisher added 20 and the Golden State sent Atlanta to its 17th straight road loss.


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