LeBron James tied a career high with 15 assists and Shaquille O’Neal collected 13 points and 13 rebounds to help host Cleveland beat the worn-down Memphis Grizzlies last night, 105-89, for its ninth straight victory.
James scored 22 but was more focused on setting up his teammates. It was the fifth time in six games he has had at least 10 assists, accepting the challenge of running Cleveland’s offense while the club waits for guards Mo Williams and Delonte West to return from injuries.
Rudy Gay scored 15 for Memphis, playing its fourth game in five nights.
The Grizzlies were coming off a 2-point home win over the Lakers.
Thunder 106, Hawks 99 - Kevin Durant had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Green added two key baskets down the stretch, and Oklahoma City recovered at home after losing a 13-point lead.
Durant became the first player since Allen Iverson nine seasons ago to score at least 25 points in 22 consecutive games and came up big down the stretch.
Joe Johnson scored 37 points and helped Atlanta rally to tie it.
Magic 99, Bucks 82 - Vince Carter had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists to lead Orlando over visiting Milwaukee.
The shooting guard had by far his most efficient game in more than a month, giving Orlando its seventh win in eight games.
Charlie Bell and Luke Ridnour had 13 points apiece for the Bucks, who had their three-game winning streak end.
Pacers 130, Raptors 115 - Danny Granger scored 23 points and host Indiana snapped Toronto’s five-game winning streak.
Troy Murphy had 20 points for Indiana, which ended a three-game skid.
Lester Conner coached the Pacers in place of Jim O’Brien, who attended a family funeral.
Chris Bosh had 35 points and 15 rebounds, and Andrea Bargnani scored a career-high 34 points for the Raptors.
Pistons 97, Nets 93 - Tayshaun Prince slammed down a tiebreaking dunk on an inbounds play with 45.6 seconds left and visiting Detroit beat New Jersey and snapped a five-game losing streak.
Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field.
Rockets 119, Warriors 97 - Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry scored 24 points apiece, and Houston salvaged the last game of its longest homestand of the season.
Monta Ellis scored 34 points for the Warriors, who’ve lost six in a row overall and 12 of their last 13 road games.
Clippers 90, Bulls 82 - Chris Kaman had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his return from injury and Eric Gordon scored 24 points as visiting Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak.
Back home after finishing a long road trip with five victories over good Western Conference teams, the Bulls shot 38 percent and had 20 turnovers in losing to the last team to beat them.