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Cavs fight off Blazers

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2003

CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 32 points, including 12 in a 14-2 spurt that closed the game.

James also had 10 rebounds and nine assists, dominating the final seven minutes. The rookie outscored the Trail Blazers all by himself in the fourth quarter, 12-8.

James shot 15-for-23 from the field as the Cavaliers won their 10th game something that didn't happen last season until Feb. 5.

Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Rasheed Wallace added 17 for the Trail Blazers, the only NBA team without a road win (0-10).

Kings 98, Jazz 89

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Sacramento Kings snap a two-game losing streak.

Following a subpar three quarters, Stojakovic made three 3-pointers and a three-point play during a productive four-minute stretch to help the Kings pull away.

Stojakovic added seven rebounds and a career-high six steals.

Mike Bibby scored 23 points for Sacramento, which has defeated the Jazz five straight times. Doug Christie added nine points and nine rebounds.

Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Utah.

Spurs 89, Bucks 74

SAN ANTONIO Manu Ginobili scored 25 points and San Antonio's defense held Milwaukee to a season-low point total in the Spurs' 13th straight win.

The Bucks trailed 66-63 with more than 10 minutes remaining before the Spurs held them without a basket for nearly six minutes while scoring 14 points of their own. By the time Michael Redd drove for a layup with 4:38 left, San Antonio's lead was 80-67.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Hedo Turkoglu each scored 12 for the Spurs. Duncan had 15 rebounds and Turkoglu grabbed a season-high 12.

Raptors 94, Clippers 88

LOS ANGELES Jalen Rose had 23 points and Vince Carter scored seven of his 22 points in the final 3:44 to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-88 on Sunday.

Donyell Marshall had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who ended an 18-game road losing streak against Western Conference opponents.

Quentin Richardson scored 16 points and Elton Brand had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who entered with a five-game home winning streak.

Suns 100, 76ers 92

PHOENIX Stephon Marbury scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half to stake Phoenix to a 19-point lead, and the Suns held on.

Shawn Marion scored 26 points and Joe Johnson added 23 for the Suns, who snapped a three-game losing streak. The win was just the Suns' third in their last 13 games.

Glenn Robinson had 23 points and nine rebounds and Eric Snow added 17 points for the Sixers, who were without Allen Iverson (swollen right knee) for the seventh consecutive game.

Nuggets 103, Warriors 79

DENVER Marcus Camby's 17 points led seven Denver players in double figures to help the Nuggets to their third straight win.

Denver overcame a miserable first quarter to shoot 46 percent for its 11th win in 13 home games. The Nuggets beat the Warriors for the third straight time to clinch a season series against a Western Conference team for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

Earl Boykins had 13 points and 13 assists, and Rodney White added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Golden State was coming off impressive wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento, but couldn't keep up with the running and gunning Nuggets.

Lakers 105, Celtics 82

LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal had 22 points and 16 rebounds, leadin seven Lakers in double figures.

The Lakers (21-7) snapped a two-game losing streak in winning for only the third time in seven games.

Derek Fisher scored 15 points; Devean George added 14; Gary Payton had 13, and Kobe Bryant scored 11 while shooting 5-of-18 for the Lakers, who outrebounded the Celtics 55-35. Slava Medvedenko had 10 points and nine rebounds and Horace Grant had a season-high 10 points and seven rebounds.

Paul Pierce led Boston with 24 points.



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