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Cavaliers get lift from Hughes

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Associated Press / February 12, 2008

Larry Hughes scored a season-high 40 points and LeBron James added 29 points and 10 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Magic, 118-111, last night in Orlando, Fla.

Hughes scored 23 in the third quarter on 6-for-7 shooting, including two 3-pointers and an assortment of drives and jumpers.

The Cavs were without three of their top players, and nearly lost two others in a 30-point drubbing Sunday night to the Denver Nuggets - Zydrunas Ilgauskas with back spasms, and Damon Jones with a sprained ankle. Both played last night, but were game-time decisions.

Hedo Turkoglu had 25 points for Orlando, leading all five starters in double figures, while Dwight Howard had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Howard scored 10 in the first quarter, but struggled the rest of the way as Cleveland collapsed inside with double- and triple-teams.

Howard, six days from his first All-Star start, got called out by his coach for perhaps the first time in his career.

"To me, it's a matter of focus," Stan Van Gundy said. "His focus is on the offensive end - he gets discouraged when he doesn't get the ball. I know the numbers prove that what we need him to focus on to win is defense and rebounding. But that's not what he wants to do right now, and so we've got a little bit of a conflict."

Warriors 120, Wizards 117 - Stephen Jackson scored a season-high 41 points, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer and getting 10 of host Golden State's 12 straight points in the final minutes of a stunning victory. Jackson's 3-pointer with 55.6 seconds to play gave the Warriors their first lead since the opening minute of their 11th victory in 15 games.

Roger Mason scored a career-high 32 points for the Wizards, who lost their eighth straight.

76ers 84, Mavericks 76 - Andre Miller scored 21 points to lead host Philadelphia to its fourth straight win. The 76ers moved a half-game behind idle New Jersey for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Lakers 106, Bobcats 97 - Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Pau Gasol added 26, and the new-look Lakers continued their impressive road trip with a win over the reeling Bobcats. Los Angeles improved to 4-1 since acquiring Gasol behind Bryant's third straight game scoring 30 or more points.

Spurs 93, Raptors 88 - Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 34 points and added a career-high 15 rebounds, leading visiting San Antonio to its fifth win in six games.

Rockets 95, Trail Blazers 83 - Yao Ming had 25 points and seven rebounds as host Houston won its seventh straight game. The Rockets have won 11 of their last 12 games, and 16 of 20.

Clippers 96, Bucks 89 - Al Thornton scored 25 points and Sam Cassell added 21 points and eight assists as Los Angeles handed Milwaukee its third straight loss at home.

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