Shaquille O'Neal has a suggestion for NBA commissioner David Stern: Hire better officials.
O'Neal ripped the officials after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the host Toronto Raptors, 84-83, yesterday.
"My message to David Stern is get some people in there that understand the game and don't try to take over the game, because people pay good money to see good athletes play," O'Neal said after scoring 36 points. "Let us play, don't be trying to take over the game."
O'Neal was so frustrated with the officiating that he twice used profanities on live television in a postgame interview. When informed he was on live, O'Neal replied with a vulgarity.
He later sympathized with Vince Carter, who had a chance to win the game in the final seconds but did not get a foul call. Rick Fox and Gary Payton converged on Carter as he drove to the basket. Carter threw up the ball, thinking he had been fouled, but official Luis Grillo did not call one.
Payton, who had 14 points, then ran out the clock.
O'Neal went 13 for 20 from the field and 10 for 15 from the free throw line.
Cavaliers 104, Wizards 100 -- LeBron James scored a career-high 38 points, leading Cleveland to a victory over host Washington. The No. 1 overall draft pick went 14 of 27 from the field, 9 of 11 from the free throw line, and had 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He made four 3-point plays, including three during his 19-point third quarter.
James gave the Cavaliers the lead for good with back-to-back 3-point plays in the third. He forced home a jumper while being fouled by Larry Hughes, then converted a fast-break layup and free throw.
Timberwolves 106, 76ers 101 -- Kevin Garnett had 32 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists, helping rally host Minnesota from an 18-point deficit for its biggest comeback of the season. Garnett scored 8 points and Sam Cassell added 9 of his 29 to account for all of Minnesota's scoring in the last five minutes. The Timberwolves shot 22 for 22 from the line.
Allen Iverson scored 28 points and Glenn Robinson had 27 for the Sixers.
Latrell Sprewell had 21 for Minnesota.