|Portland's Brandon Roy (25 points) goes up and over Andre Iguodala. (RUSTY KENNEDY/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
LeBron James scored 40 points - 34 in the second half - and made a crucial block on former teammate Carlos Boozer in the final seconds last night to give the host Cleveland Cavaliers a 99-94 victory over the Jazz, ending Utah's five-game winning streak.
James, playing as he did while leading the Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals last season, did it all.
He just missed another triple-double, finishing with 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 blocks. He made 13 of 15 free throws, including four straight in the final 3.8 seconds as the Cavaliers sealed it.
James, who had 16 points in the third and 18 in the fourth, either scored or assisted on 15 of Cleveland's 19 baskets in the second half. However, his biggest play was the block with 12.8 seconds left on Boozer, who is still regarded as a villain by Cleveland fans for reneging on a promise and leaving as a free agent.
SuperSonics 126, Hawks 123 - Rookie Kevin Durant made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the second overtime, and Damien Wilkins scored a career-high 41 points in Seattle's victory over host Atlanta.
With rookie Al Horford guarding him at the top of the key, Durant pumped once to get the defender in the air before shooting over his outstretched arm.
76ers 92, Trail Blazers 88 - Louis Williams scored all 19 of his points in the second half to rally the Sixers from a 25-point deficit and Andre Iguodala gave them their first lead with a minute left in a stunning win over visiting Portland.
The Sixers missed 15 straight shots spanning the first two quarters, scored only 27 points in the first half, and played little like a team about to unleash a remarkable rally. Williams, the third-year guard, was the difference, scoring the last 10 points of the third and the first 4 of the fourth.
Magic 95, Nets 70 - Dwight Howard, who had 21 points and 19 rebounds, becoming the NBA's youngest player to grab 3,000 boards, led visiting Orlando over ice-cold New Jersey.
Rashard Lewis added 27 points and Jameer Nelson hit two big 3-pointers in a decisive third-quarter spurt that carried the Magic to a franchise record-tying sixth straight road win.
Raptors 110, Pacers 101 - Chris Bosh scored 22 points, Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists, and Toronto downed Indiana.
Anthony Parker and T.J. Ford each scored 15 points as Toronto (5-4) ended a three-game home losing streak.
Lakers 103, Pistons 91 - Lamar Odom had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant and Jordan Farmar made key plays down the stretch to lead host Los Angeles over Detroit.
The Lakers trailed, 74-72, with eight minutes remaining, but took control from there. Bryant went just 6 of 18 from the floor, but he made two 3-pointers and had a 3-point play to score 11 points in the last 5:38.
Wizards 105, Timberwolves 89 - Caron Butler scored a season-high 29 points, Gilbert Arenas added 27, and Washington beat host Minnesota.
Arenas scored 6 straight points to ignite a decisive 20-3 fourth-quarter run that helped the Wizards take control. Butler also had a key steal of an inbounds pass and Minnesota committed several turnovers during that decisive stretch.
Hornets 120, Grizzlies 118 - David West scored a career-high 40 points, including the go-ahead 15-footer with 8.3 seconds left in overtime, and New Orleans won in Memphis.
Chris Paul added 28 points and 13 assists in the victory, which ran the Hornets' record to 8-2, the best start in franchise history.
Spurs 90, Rockets 84 - Tim Duncan had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and host San Antonio beat Houston.
Kings 123, Knicks 118 - Kevin Martin scored a career-high 43 points to lead host Sacramento to double-overtime victory over New York.
Warriors 122, Clippers 105 - Andris Biedrins had a season-high 23 points and a career-best 18 rebounds, Al Harrington scored 27 points and host Golden State finally got its first victory of the season.