CLEVELAND LeBron James, playing on a sore left ankle, scored 22 points in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Los Angeles Clippers 94-84 Tuesday night.
James shot just 7-for-20 from the field, but he hit two key 3-pointers down the stretch.
The Cavaliers, coming off a one-point overtime win Monday in New Orleans, won on consecutive nights for the first time since Nov. 26-27 and moved closer in the race for home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Corey Maggette scored 26 points to lead Los Angeles.
Heat 103, Raptors 91
MIAMI Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and Dwyane Wade added 27, leading the Heat to their 17th straight victory at home in a game marred by the fourth-quarter ejections of Toronto forward Morris Peterson and coach Sam Mitchell.
Damon Jones added 14 for Miami, which trailed by two with 10 minutes remaining before outscoring the Raptors 24-10 down the stretch.
Rafer Alston had 19 points and Chris Bosh had a 16-point, 13-rebound game for the Raptors, who also got 15 points from Peterson.
SuperSonics 102, Grizzlies 99
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Seattle clinched a Western Conference playoff berth with a victory over Memphis.
The Sonics were led by Ray Allen and Jerome James with 22 points each.
Seattle, which trailed by 14 earlier, used a fourth-quarter comeback keyed by Luke Ridnour, whose 3-pointer with 2:55 left completed the Sonics' rally for a 93-92 lead.
Pau Gasol, in his best performance since returning March 20 from a foot injury, led Memphis with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Lakers 117, Knicks 107
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Lakers broke their eight-game losing streak when Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 32 points in the second half to beat road-weary New York.
The Knicks' Stephon Marbury had a season-high 45 points, six rebounds and 10 assists in defeat. He scored 34 in the second half, shooting 9-of-13 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the foul line.
The losing streak was the second longest for the Lakers (33-37) since they moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960. The Lakers lost their last 10 games of the 1993-94 season. That was the last time they failed to qualify for the playoffs, something they seem destined to do this year for just the second time since 1976.
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