CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 24 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 105-74 Saturday for their third straight victory after an 0-3 start.
James scored nine of the Cavaliers' first 11 in the fourth quarter, taking over just as he did Wednesday when he outscored Phoenix 17-14 in the final 12 minutes and the Cavs overcame a 19-point deficit to win.
The reigning rookie of the year came into the game as the NBA's second-leading scorer and Cleveland's undisputed leader. Entering the game, James had accounted for 40 percent of the Cavaliers' points in the final period.
Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points to lead the Wizards. Antawn Jamison had 14 and nine rebounds for Washington, which was held to 28 points under its average.
Mavericks 94, Nets 78
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jerry Stackhouse hit all five of his third-quarter shots and scored a season-high 28 points for surging Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four of Dallas' 12 steals in helping the revamped Mavericks win for the sixth time in seven games.
Richard Jefferson's 28 points and 10 rebounds led New Jersey.
Warriors 103, Bobcats 87
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Troy Murphy added 22 to lead Golden State over expansion Charlotte.
It was the first win for coach Mike Montgomery, who opened his NBA career with six consecutive losses and put Golden State in danger of besting the franchise futility mark set at the start of the 1997-98 season by opening 0-9.
The Warriors built a 22-point, first-half lead against the undermanned Bobcats. Down to 10 players already because of injury, Emeka Okafor left with a sprained ankle.
Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 22 points.
Spurs 103, Hawks 88
ATLANTA Tim Duncan scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and Bruce Bowen scored a career-high 22 points to help San Antonio defeat Atlanta.
Antoine Walker led the Hawks with 23 points, including four 3-pointers in the final quarter. Atlanta's only other scorer in double figures was Al Harrington with 10 points.
Spurs center Rasho Nesterovic had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hawks, who set a team record with only 25 second-half points Tuesday night against Cleveland, were back in a scoring rut early against the Spurs. Atlanta trailed 44-35 at halftime after shooting 28 percent in over the first two quarters.
Pacers 103, Knicks 97
INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Ron Artest marked his 25th birthday with 22 points and Stephen Jackson added 19 as Indiana beat New York.
It was Indiana's fourth game in five nights, and because of injuries the Pacers had only 10 players available and used just eight, with all five starters logging at least 38 minutes.
Artest then iced the game with two free throws before Jerome Williams scored for New York at the buzzer.
Nazr Mohammed added a season-high 20 points for the Knicks.
Bucks 94, Hornets 91
MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored 30 points, and Keith Van Horn and Desmond Mason added 17 each to lead Milwaukee over New Orleans.
Joe Smith added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won three straight following a season-opening loss to Orlando. New Orleans, led by Darrell Armstrong's 21 points, fell to 0-6.
Redd had 12 points in the third quarter to help the Bucks to a 71-63 lead. He made seven straight shots, including three in the third quarter, before finally missing with 5:02 to play.
Clippers 97, Bulls 96
CHICAGO Marko Jaric scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Los Angeles rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat winless Chicago.
Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 23 points, and Chris Wilcox added 14 points, including two thunderous dunks in the final quarter when the Clippers finished off the victory.
The Bulls blew a 49-25 second-quarter lead and fell to 0-4.
Eddy Curry led the Bulls with 20, but had only six in the second half, and shot just 8-for-20. Tyson Chandler added 17 points and had 13 rebounds.
The Clippers played their third road game in four nights after arriving at 2:30 a.m. from New York, where they'd lost to the Knicks on Friday night.
Lakers 84, Rockets 79
HOUSTON Lamar Odom had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Los Angeles held on to give coach Rudy Tomjanovich a victory over his former team. The Lakers blew a 22-point lead they held in the third quarter.
In an emotional pregame ceremony, Tomjanovich was honored for his 33 years of service to the Houston organization as a player, scout, assistant coach and head coach. He led the Rockets to NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.
Tomjanovich had his new team way ahead early in the third quarter, despite a strong performance by Yao Ming who had 32 points and seven rebounds. Jim Jackson added 15 for the Rockets.
Kobe Bryant was only 2-for-7 in the first half but he scored the Lakers' first nine points of the third quarter. He finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Jazz 108, Pistons 93
SALT LAKE CITY Mehmet Okur scored 19 points against his former team, and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds, leading Utah past Detroit.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points and Gordan Giricek finished with 15 points for the Jazz, who scored more than 100 points for the fifth time in six games.
The Jazz, who won just three of their six 100-point games last season, won for the fifth time in six games.
Defending NBA champion Detroit was without Ben Wallace, who missed the game because of a death in his family, and Chauncey Billups, sidelined with a sprained ankle.
Richard Hamilton scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half for Detroit. Antonio McDyess had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Kings 113, Suns 111
PHOENIX Chris Webber had a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, helping Sacramento shake off its worst loss of the early season.
The Kings lost by 30 points at Seattle on Wednesday night, staggering to a 1-4 start.
Peja Stojakovic matched his season high with 23 points, Mike Bibby scored 20 and Brad Miller had six of his 14 points in the final quarter.
Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash had 29 points apiece for the Suns, who dropped their second straight after a 4-0 start.
Trail Blazers 105, Raptors 102
PORTLAND, Ore. Zach Randolph had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Portland returned home after a winless road trip to beat Toronto.
Lamond Murray's 3-pointer at the final buzzer appeared to tie the game at 105, but further review by officials showed that the shot was too late.
The Raptors trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half, but Rafer Alston hit the second of consecutive 3-pointers with 2:04 left to give Toronto a brief 100-98 lead. Damon Stoudamire answered with a jumper, and the Blazers led the rest of the way.
Toronto's Vince Carter had his lowest point total of the season, with just four in 22 minutes.
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