Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 24 points with 17 rebounds and the Cavaliers won their seventh straight -- their longest winning streak since 1997 -- with a 111-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night in Cleveland.
Carlos Boozer added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and LeBron James had 17 points, 8 assists, and 5 blocks for the Cavaliers.
With its sixth straight home win, Cleveland also avenged a 92-81 loss to Chicago on March 1 -- its last loss since embarking on the club's longest winning streak since getting 10 in a row from Nov. 11-Dec. 11, 1997. Jamal Crawford had 17 points and Kirk Hinrich 14 for the Bulls, who dropped their seventh straight and fell to an NBA-worst 18-49.
Ilgauskas had his way inside against the Bulls, blocking five shots and tying a career high with 10 offensive rebounds. He is averaging 23.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in his last five games.
Knicks 114, Wizards 110 -- After five overtime defeats, New York finally won a game that lasted longer than 48 minutes by nipping visiting Washington. Tim Thomas scored 32 points and Stephon Marbury had 16 points and 14 assists as New York remained tied with Miami for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Jerry Stackhouse was held out of the Wizards' staring lineup two weeks after he angered the team by unilaterally declaring he was finished for the season. He entered the game at the start of the second quarter and scored 23 points.
Heat 96, Hornets 83 -- Dwyane Wade scored 23 points to lead Miami over New Orleans. The Heat never trailed and outscored the Hornets, 18-11, in the final 9:17 to win their sixth straight home game.
Caron Butler finished with 20 points and Rafer Alston added 17, including a 3-pointer in the first quarter, setting a franchise record with at least one 3-pointer in 34 consecutive games.
Kings 94, Nets 77 -- Rodney Rogers hit his first six shots and host New Jersey overwhelmed Sacramento.The win avenged a 105-92 defeat in Sacramento on Nov. 30, a game in which the Kings led, 60-28, at the half. This game was similar, except the Nets dominated in leading by as many as 30 points.The Nets hit 18 of their first 27 shots and held the Kings to 9 first-quarter points, the season's lowest quarter for the NBA's top-scoring team.
Grizzlies 82, 76ers 79 -- Pau Gasol had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and James Posey scored the final 4 points to lead Memphis over visiting Philadelphia. Allen Iverson (10 points) returned to the 76ers' starting lineup after missing four games with a bad knee, and two days after he refused to play when interim coach Chris Ford told the star guard he would come off the bench.
Trail Blazers 100, Bucks 99 -- Damon Stoudamire made a fallaway jumper with a second left to lift Portland to its fourth straight win after blowing a 20-point third-quarter lead in Milwaukee.
SuperSonics 118, Hawks 110 -- Brent Barry scored a season-high 28 points, Ray Allen added 27, and Seattle beat host Atlanta to win two straight for the first time in 24 games.
Clippers 110, Suns 98 -- Quentin Richardson had 32 points and 12 rebounds and visiting Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Phoenix.
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Kobe Bryant scored all but 1 of his 38 points after halftime, including a franchise record-tying 24 in the fourth quarter Monday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Orlando Magic, 113-110, in overtime at
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At Oakland, Calif., Jason Richardson scored 22 points and the Golden State Warriors snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak by beating the San Antonio Spurs, 97-80.