Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds in a bruising battle with Shaquille O’Neal, and the Magic beat Cleveland, 101-95, yesterday in Orlando, Fla., to hand the Cavaliers their first three-game losing streak in two years.
Cleveland’s skid comes on the heels of a 13-game win streak.
Howard was 8-for-13 shooting and added four blocks, and Vince Carter had 8 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to help Orlando beat Cleveland for the first time this season.
O’Neal made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points, and LeBron James had 33 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers.
After starting his Cleveland career 0 for 12 from the field, Antawn Jamison made his first shot of the game, a layup with 7:29 remaining in the first quarter. He finished with 19 points.
Pistons 109, Spurs 101 - Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 to lead host Detroit past San Antonio.
Manu Ginobili’s layup tied the game at 93 with 27.5 seconds left.
San Antonio started the extra period with a 1-point lead because Hamilton was called for a technical foul during the break after regulation.
Ginobili made the free throw, but Detroit went on an 8-2 run after the tip and held on for the win.
Thunder 109, Timberwolves 107 - Kevin Durant scored 32 points to help Oklahoma City win its ninth straight by holding back host Minnesota.
Russell Westbrook had a triple double (22 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists) and Jeff Green added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City’s winning streak is the longest current skein in the NBA.
Hornets 102, Rockets 94 - David West scored 27 points, including 4 in the final two minutes, to lift host New Orleans over Houston.
Darren Collison added 26 points for the Hornets, the fifth straight game he’s had 24 or more. His driving floater with 34.6 seconds left put the Hornets up, 96-89. He added four free throws and converted a steal into a fast-break layup in the final half-minute.
Jazz 93, Trail Blazers 89 - Carlos Boozer scored on an offensive putback at the end of regulation to force overtime, then gave visiting Utah its first lead since the opening minutes, and the Jazz rallied from 25 down in the third quarter to stun Portland.
Suns 104, Kings 88 - Jason Richardson scored 26 points, Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Steve Nash had 17 assists in leading host Phoenix to its eighth win in 10 games. Newly acquired Carl Landry led Sacramento with 18 points.
Warriors 108, Hawks 104 - Stephen Curry scored 32 points and made the go-ahead free throw in the final minute after a technical foul on Jamal Crawford to help host Golden State rally from an 18-point deficit and upset Atlanta.
Grizzlies 104, Nets 94 - Rudy Gay scored 29 points and Memphis rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat host New Jersey.