LeBron James scored 13 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers survived a 3-point attempt at the final buzzer by Baron Davis for a 102-101 victory over the Clippers last night in Los Angeles.
Mo Williams added 18 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers. Reserve guard Delonte West, who didn’t participate in the morning shootaround because of stomach issues, played 29 minutes and finished with 14 points.
Rasual Butler tied a career high with 33 points for the banged-up Clippers and Eric Gordon added a season-high 28. Center Chris Kaman missed his fourth straight game because of a sore lower back, and Al Thornton sat out due to a sprained left ankle.
Grizzlies 92, Spurs 86 - Zach Randolph had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Memphis beat San Antonio for a franchise-record eighth straight home victory.
O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Marc Gasol had 14 for Memphis, which survived a late rally and won the second of back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and eight rebounds. Roger Mason had 17 points and Keith Bogans added 13 for San Antonio, which lost its second straight.
Wizards 93, Kings 86 - Host Washington topped Sacramento, ending one of the most dismal, exhausting weeks in franchise history with coach Flip Saunders’s 600th career win.
Caron Butler scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures for the Wizards, who on the previous day had their biggest star - Gilbert Arenas - plead guilty to a felony gun charge and on the previous evening had lost a double-overtime game at Chicago.
Bobcats 125, Suns 99 - Stephen Jackson scored 29 points to surpass 10,000 career points, Gerald Wallace added 29 points and 13 rebounds, and host Charlotte continued one of its best stretches in franchise history with a rout of Phoenix.
Winning their fourth straight game and extending their team record to seven consecutive home wins, the Bobcats were never threatened. Charlotte set a team record for points in a quarter with 43 in the first and tied a team mark with 74 points in the first half.
Thunder 98, Heat 80 - Kevin Durant scored 36 points on the most efficient shooting night of his career and also pulled down 10 rebounds as host Oklahoma City defeated Miami.
Durant went 14 for 18 from the field to finish at 77 percent, the highest mark of his three-year career.
Hornets 101, Pacers 96 - David West scored 24 points and Chris Paul (22 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds) just missed a triple double, and New Orleans snapped Indiana’s three-game winning streak in Indianapolis.
Pistons 94, Knicks 90 - Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points, Charlie Villanueva added 19, and Detroit beat visiting New York for its third straight win. The Pistons nearly blew a 21-point, second-half lead before holding on.
Jazz 112, Bucks 95 - C.J. Miles scored 19 points, Deron Williams had 18, and host Utah easily handled Milwaukee for a season-best fourth straight win.