O'Neal, Artest, Pacers spoil James' party

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2003

CLEVELAND LeBron James had the wrong guys show up for his party.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 21 points and Ron Artest hit a crucial 3-pointer in the final minute as the Indiana Pacers wrecked James' 19th birthday Tuesday night with a 92-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hawks 83, Wizards 73

WASHINGTON Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks end a nine-game road losing streak.

Knicks 102, Heat 73

NEW YORK Keith Van Horn had a steal and buzzer-beating dunk to cap a dominant first quarter, and the New York Knicks after making a trade cruised past the Miami Heat.

Timberwolves 98, Bulls 93

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota to its eighth victory in nine games.

Latrell Sprewell had 27 points 20 in the first half and Sam Cassell had 21 points and nine assists for Minnesota.

SuperSonics 105, Grizzlies 99

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Rashard Lewis scored 33 points and Ray Allen had nine in the final three minutes to lead Seattle past slumping Memphis.

Lewis and Allen scored Seattle's final 15 points as the SuperSonics pulled away late. Allen finished with 22 points, playing in his fourth game of the season after right ankle surgery.

Mavericks 101, Bucks 92

DALLAS Antoine Walker had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki made two key fourth-quarter 3-pointers to help Dallas withstand a late rally by Milwaukee.

Steve Nash added 14 points and 12 assists, Antawn Jamison came off the bench to score 17, and Nowitzki had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Dallas to its third straight win. The Mavericks improved to 14-2 at home.

Raptors 81, Nuggets 74

DENVER Alvin Williams and Jalen Rose each had 17 points, and Williams hit four free throws in the last two minutes as Toronto snapped Denver's three-game winning streak.

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