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Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009

LeBron entertains in win over Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James scored 33 points in his only visit to Madison Square Garden this season, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

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Game face: Celtics forward Paul Pierce is fouled in first-half action on Friday in Boston. Phoenix defeated Boston 110-103. AP PHOTO

One night after managing just 42 second-half points in an ugly home loss to Chicago, the Cavaliers rang up 40 in the first quarter, leaving New York fans with little left to do besides cheer for the Yankees in attendance and enjoy another mesmerizing performance by James.

He added nine assists and eight rebounds, but fell just shy of passing Kobe Bryant as the active scoring leader at the Garden. James improved his average to 30.4 points, with Bryant averaging 30.5 in 11 visits, according to STATS LLC.

James had scored 50 or more in two of his last three visits, joining Michael Jordan as the only visiting players with multiple 50-point games at the current building.

Suns 110, Celtics 103

In Boston, Jason Richardson bounced back from his worst game of the season to score 34 points with 10 rebounds, and Phoenix rebounded from its only defeat.

Kevin Garnett had a season-high 26 points for the Celtics — the most he's scored since missing the end of the 2008-09 season and the playoffs with strained ligaments in his right knee.

Steve Nash had 16 points with 12 assists for the Suns, shaking loose to hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds left after Boston closed an 11-point fourth-quarter gap to four points. Amare Stoudemire added 22 points, while Richardson finished 6-for-7 from 3-point range.

Magic 110, Pistons 103

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the hosts hold off Charlie Villanueva and Detroit.

Lakers 114, Grizzlies 98

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 41 points while becoming the youngest player to reach 24,000, leading the short-handed Lakers to a win over Memphis.

Ron Artest had 19 points and seven assists in the fourth straight win for the defending NBA champions, who played without injured big men Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

Lamar Odom managed just three points before fouling out on his 30th birthday, but Bryant carried L.A. while reaching his latest scoring milestone 38 days before Wilt Chamberlain did. With a second-half surge, he even overtook Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson for 16th place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Bucks 87, Timberwolves 72

In Minneapolis, Andrew Bogut bested Al Jefferson inside with 17 points, Luke Ridnour had 16 points off the bench and Milwaukee used a second-half surge to top Minnesota.

Heat 96, Nuggets 88

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, Jermaine O'Neal added 18 and the Heat dealt Denver its first loss of the season.

Pacers 102, Wizards 86

In Indianapolis, Tyler Hansbrough scored 13 points in his pro debut as the Pacers beat Washington.

76ers 97, Nets 94

In Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala scored 16 points, including a late 3-pointer to spark the Sixers into the lead.

Raptors 107, Hornets 90

In New Orleans, Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Toronto used a 27-4 run in the third quarter to take control.

Bobcats 103, Hawks 83

In Charlotte, Raja Bell scored 24 points and the Bobcats looked nothing like the NBA's lowest scoring team against road-weary Atlanta.

Rockets 105, Thunder 94

In Houston, Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry scored 21 points apiece and the Rockets extended their winning streak over the Oklahoma City franchise to 11.

Trail Blazers 96, Spurs 84

In Portland, Brandon Roy had 24 points and five rebounds, Steve Blake added 15 points and the Blazers got a lift from their new-look lineup in a win over San Antonio.

Clippers 118, Warriors 90

In Oakland, Chris Kaman had 22 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes and Los Angeles ended a seven-game losing streak in the Oakland Arena with a one-sided win over Golden State.

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