McGrady celebrates birthday by blowing out Cavs

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2005

HOUSTON : Tracy McGrady scored 31 points and Bob Sura had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists on his 32nd birthday, leading the Houston Rockets over the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-80 Thursday night.

Mike James had 15 points off the bench and Yao Ming added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who were particularly crisp following an impressive win over league-leading Miami on Tuesday.

Bobcats 108, Magic 94

ORLANDO : Gerald Wallace scored 22 points and rookie Emeka Okafor registered his 36th double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

The expansion Bobcats beat the Magic for the second time in four days and won on the road for just the third time. Orlando has lost nine of 10.

Grizzlies 105, Nets 96

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. : Lorenzen Wright and Jason Williams each scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies shot 70 percent in the first half to end the New Jersey Nets' five-game winning streak.

James Posey added 12, Bonzi Wells had 11 and Earl Watson and Pau Gasol each had 10 as Memphis won for the ninth time in 12 games.

Nuggets 117, Lakers 96

DENVER : DerMarr Johnson had 20 points and helped slow Kobe Bryant in the second half, leading the Denver Nuggets to a rout of the Los Angeles Lakers to give them their longest losing streak in 11 years.

Bryant had always played well in Colorado, where he was charged with sexual assault two summers ago. Bryant no longer has to deal with the allegations : the criminal case was dismissed and a civil suit was dropped earlier this month : but his team is in disarray.

Wizards 85, Jazz 84

SALT LAKE CITY : Larry Hughes hit a shot from the top of the key to put Washington ahead with 46.4 seconds left in the game and Utah's Keith McLeod missed a layup at the buzzer to give the Wizards their first win here since 1997.

Gilbert Arenas scored 29 and Hughes finished with 25, including what proved to be the game-winner.

Kings 109, Mavericks 101

SACRAMENTO, Calif. : Peja Stojakovic hit six 3-pointers on the way to a season-high 38 points, and the energized Sacramento Kings avoided a regular-season sweep by Dallas.

Mike Bibby had 17 points and eight assists, while Kenny Thomas scored 15 points and teamed with Darius Songaila to hold Dirk Nowitzki to nine of his 35 points in the fourth quarter.

SuperSonics 96, Trail Blazers 91

PORTLAND, Ore. : Ray Allen returned from an ankle injury and scored 19 points, and Damien Wilkins filled in admirably after Rashard Lewis left with an injury.

It was Seattle's fourth straight victory, but it wasn't easy. The Sonics had to overcome a furious fourth-quarter rally without forward Lewis, who left early with left knee tendinitis.

Portland has lost seven straight and 11 of 12 since firing head coach Maurice Cheeks and replacing him with Kevin Pritchard.

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