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Cleveland Cavaliers 98, New Jersey Nets 82
Antawn Jamison had 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rode their hot long-range shooting to hand the New Jersey Nets their fourth-straight loss with a 98-82 NBA regular season home win on Sunday.
The Cavaliers made 16 3-pointers, one shy of the club record. They shot 62 percent (16 of 26) on 3s.
Daniel Gibson, Alonzo Gee and rookie Kyrie Irving combined for 11 of the 16 from long range. It was the most 3-pointers the Cavs have hit in a game since Jan. 31, 2010.
Gibson finished with 19 points and Irving had 13 points, four assists and four rebounds. The Cavs, who lead the Eastern Conference in bench scoring at 45.3 points per game, received 47 from the reserves.
Deron Williams had 16 points to lead New Jersey but continued his shooting woes, hitting 6 of 16. Anthony Morrow had 15 points off the bench for the Nets, who played their third game in four nights and lost them all.
The Cavs trailed by six at the half but grabbed control by outscoring the Nets 30-18 in the third.
Boston Celtics 94, Washington Wizards 86
Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett had 24 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics notched a 94-86 victory over the host Washington Wizards on Sunday’s NBA game.
Ray Allen added 13 points as Boston won for the first time in four road contests.
John Wall had 19 points and eight assists, Nick Young scored 18 and JaVale McGee added 16 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for Washington during the first of a home-and-home between the teams.
The Celtics led by 17 points at halftime but the Wizards made runs that narrowed the Boston lead to seven points in both the third and fourth quarters.
Washington pulled within 80-73 on Trevor Booker’s fastbreak dunk with 7:48 left in the game but Garnett scored 10 points during an 14-6 spurt that saw the Celtics take a 15-point lead with 2:36 remaining.
The Wizards missed their first 10 3-pointers until Jordan Crawford connected on a 3 to pull Washington within 65-58 with 2:31 left in the third quarter. Boston responded by outscoring Washington 8-2 to close the third quarter for a 73-60 advantage.
Garnett had 12 first-half points as Boston led by as many as 19 en route to a 51-34 halftime lead.
Washington finished 2-of-16 from 3-point range.
Miami Heat 129, Charlotte Bobcats 90
Chris Bosh scored 24 points to lead the Heat to huge 129-90 win over the Bobcats at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday’s NBA game.
Miami is off to its first 5-0 start in franchise history.
LeBron James, who scored only one point in the opening quarter, finished with 16 points one night after getting engaged to his longtime girlfriend. Dwyane Wade added 22 points and six assists in the win.
Charlotte opened the first quarter shooting an ice-cold 17 percent from the field, while the Heat lit up the scoreboard for a 33-15 lead. That blossomed into a 26-point lead in the second quarter, with Bosh doing damage in the paint.
He scored 20 of his 24 points the first half, adding 10 total rebounds to his stat line.
Wade and LeBron James put the Heat up by 35 points early into the third quarter, turning the game into a two-man show. Wade hit a streaking James on a full-length outlet pass for the layup, just one of the many times Miami’s transition beat Charlotte down the floor.
The Bobcats were paced by forward D.J. White’s 21 points. Leading scorer D.J. Augustin scored only four points on just 1 for 11 from the field. Rookie Kemba Walker added 17 points off the bench.
Charlotte has lost the last seven meetings with the Heat.
Mario Chalmers scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter and was one of eleven Miami players to score.
Miami’s 129 points was the most scored by an NBA team this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves 92, Dallas Mavericks 82
Kevin Love went for 25 points and 17 rebounds, rookie Ricky Rubio added 14 points and seven assists off the bench, and the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up their first victory of the season with a 99-82 triumph over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Sunday’s NBA game.
Anthony Tolliver chipped in 13 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who held the Mavericks to 38 percent shooting in their strongest defensive effort of the young season.
Dallas fell to 1-4 in its NBA title defense.
Dirk Nowitzki scored seven straight points after a timeout in the fourth quarter, pulling the Mavericks to within 84-82 with 5:35 left.
Love drew a charge on Vince Carter to get the ball back and buried a 3-pointer at the other end to halt Dallas’ momentum. Love connected again from beyond the arc on the next possession and Tolliver hit a pair of 3-pointers as Minnesota closed the game with a 15-0 run.
Love, Tolliver and Rubio combined to hit 10 of 14 from 3-point range.
Nowitzki scored 21 points and Delonte West added 13 for the Mavericks, who were outrebounded, 54-35.
Chicago Bulls 104, Memphis Grizzlies 64
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Ronnie Brewer also scored 17 as the Chicago Bulls rolled to a dominant 104-64 victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday’s NBA game.
Derrick Rose added 16 points as Chicago won its third straight game while playing at home for the first time.
Memphis suffered a potentially devastating blow when star forward Zach Randolph injured his right knee late in the first quarter. Randolph was hurt when teammate OJ Mayo crashed into his knee after a driving shot.
Without Randolph, the Grizzlies suffered through a humiliating contest in which they shot just 31.0 percent from the field. Memphis trailed 54-28 at halftime and its deficit was 40 points entering the final quarter.
Boozer had 15 points and 11 rebounds in an impressive first half. Chicago outrebounded the Grizzlies 55-40 and led by as many as 46 points. Chicago’s franchise record for largest margin of victory is 56 against the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 20, 1976.
Sam Young and Josh Davis scored 10 points apiece for Memphis.
Brewer drew the start when Richard Hamilton was scratched prior to the game with a groin injury.
Orlando Magic 102, Toronto Raptors 96
Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and Dwight Howard collected 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Orlando Magic erased a double-digit deficit and dropped the visiting Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Sunday’s NBA game.
J.J. Redick added 21 points off the bench and Hedo Turkoglu chipped in 15 points and seven assists for the Magic, who have won four straight since an Opening Day loss.
The Raptors led 87-74 after a pair of free throws by DeMar DeRozan with 9:42 left. But Orlando took off on a 20-2 run over the next seven minutes to grab a 94-89 lead. Anderson drained a pair of 3-pointers and Redick and Turkoglu each connected from beyond the arc during the spurt.
Andrea Bargnani finally broke Toronto’s drought with a 3-pointer to pull back within 94-92 with 2:48 left. Howard made a layup and blocked a shot at the other end to keep Orlando clear, and Redick sealed it from the free-throw line.
The Magic ended up outscoring the Raptors 32-15 in the fourth quarter.
Bargnani finished with 28 points and Jose Calderon recorded 18 points and 13 assists for Toronto, which has dropped three in a row.
Denver Nuggets 99, Los Angeles Lakers 90
Danilo Gallinari led six players in double figures with 20 points as the Denver Nuggets earned a 99-90 victory and a split of their home-and-home series with the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night NBA game.
Ty Lawson had 17 points and 10 assists, Nene scored 13, and reserves Chris Andersen, Andre Miller and Al Harrington all scored 12 points for Denver, which had 26 fast-break points to five for the Lakers.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, while Andrew Bynum notched 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Kobe Bryant had 16 points to become the sixth player in NBA history to reach 28,000 career points, but he struggled mightily from the field, making just 6 of 28 shots and 1 of 8 3-pointers.
The Lakers got back into the game by outscoring the Nuggets 35-25 in the third quarter, including 10 points from Bynum. The teams then went back and forth in the final quarter, neither taking more than a two-point lead until Bryant’s 20-foot jumper made it 88-85 with 3:44 remaining.
Gallinari gave the Nuggets a 92-90 lead with a slam before Miller picked off Bryant and found Lawson free for a layup and four-point lead with 1:20 left. Harrington made it 96-90 with a jumper with 49 seconds remaining. Nene sank two free throws and the Lakers missed four shots late.
Sacramento Kings 96, New Orleans Hornets 80
Tyreke Evans led the way with 27 points as the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-80 victory over the visiting New Orleans Hornets on Sunday.
Former Hornet Marcus Thornton added 25 points and six rebounds and John Salmons scored 13 points for the Kings, who managed to hold an opponent under 90 points for the first time this season.
The Sacramento defense was particularly effective on the perimeter, where New Orleans finished 0 of 15 from beyond the arc.
The Hornets held a 40-38 lead at the half but had their defense abandon them in the third quarter as the Kings sprinted ahead. Evans, Salmons and Thornton each drove the lane for easy baskets during an 8-0 run to grab the lead. Evans then went to work from the outside, burying a 21-foot jumper and a 3-pointer.
Salmons and Thornton each added a 3-pointer as Sacramento extended the lead out to 64-50 with 4:22 left in the frame.
Evans buried a deep 3-pointer and dunked in transition on the ensuing possession in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 90-72 and put the game away.
Chris Kaman recorded 14 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans, while Trevor Ariza added 17 points.
Los Angeles Clippers 93, Portland Trailblazers 88
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Paul hit a late driving layup to help the Los Angeles Clippers hand Portland its first loss of the season with a 93-88 triumph on Sunday night.
Caron Butler scored 19, Paul had 17 points and seven assists, and Mo Williams, starting for the second consecutive game for the injured Chauncey Billups, had 13 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
The Clippers used a big third quarter to lead by as many as 17 and hold off the Trail Blazers.
Portland had won nine of the last 10 games against the Clippers and was seeking its first 4-0 start in 12 seasons.
Sixth man Jamal Crawford led Portland with 23 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and nine rebounds, Nicolas Batum had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Wesley Matthews and Raymond Felton each scored 12.
The Clippers went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter for a 52-36 lead and built it to 69-52 after three quarters before the Trail Blazers stormed back behind Batum and Crawford.
Griffin gave the Clippers a 90-81 lead but the Trail Blazers again fought back and Crawford’s free throws made it 90-86 with 1:57 remaining. Aldridge got Portland to 90-88 but Paul’s driving layup gave the Clippers a 92-88 lead with 9.3 seconds left