Hobbled James leads Cavaliers past Clippers

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2005

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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