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Friday, Nov. 20, 2009

LeBron hurts wrist in loss

WASHINGTON (AP) With LeBron James taking a second-half breather, Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler put the Washington Wizards way ahead.

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Baseline drive: Boston's Paul Pierce moves around Golden State's Corey Maggette in the second quarter on Wednesday night. The Celtics beat the Warriors 109-95. AP PHOTO

When James returned to the court, instead of leading a comeback, he became part of the problem in his Cleveland Cavaliers' 108-91 loss to Washington on Wednesday night.

The reigning NBA MVP threw an errant pass. He shot an airball. He fouled DeShawn Stevenson, his old pseudo-rival from postseasons past. He missed another jumper with Stevenson in his face. He drew a technical for asking for a foul when Stevenson stopped him on a drive.

Worst of all? James hurt his left wrist by banging it off the basket while dunking.

"I hit it pretty bad on the rim," said James, who finished with 34 points and nine assists, but also had six turnovers and shot only 3 of 7 in the fourth quarter. "It's like you hit your funny bone, but it's not funny at all."

His teammates' play on this night was no laughing matter, either. With Shaquille O'Neal and Anderson Varejao out injured, no other member of the Cavaliers scored more than 10 points. No one reached double figures in rebounds or assists.

"In general, our entire team — including LeBron — brought the ball to a standstill," Cavs coach Mike Brown said, "which allows them to do whatever they did defensively."

Hawks 105, Heat 90

In Atlanta, the Hawks reclaimed a share of the lead in the NBA standings with a win over Miami.

Joe Johnson made it two straight 30-point games, and Josh Smith dominated during a decisive first-half run as Atlanta won its sixth in a row.

Magic 108, Thunder 94

In Orlando, Rashard Lewis fell one assist shy of his first triple-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Magic's victory over Oklahoma City.

Lewis, who was suspended for the first 10 games of the season for violating the league's drug policy, didn't play in the fourth quarter, which Orlando started with an 88-58 lead.

76ers 86, Bobcats 84

In Philadelphia, Lou Williams' layup with 3.1 seconds remaining lifted the Sixers over Charlotte.

Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, Williams had 19 and Elton Brand contributed season highs of 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for Philadelphia.

Grizzlies 106, Clippers 91

In Memphis, Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph scored 21 points apiece, and the Grizzlies beat Los Angeles.

Bucks 99, Nets 85

In Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut and Carlos Delfino each scored 21 points and Bogut also grabbed 11 rebounds as the Bucks beat winless New Jersey.

Jazz 104, Raptors 91

In Salt Lake City, rookie Eric Maynor scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping Utah hang on after blowing most of an 18-point lead to beat Toronto for the ninth straight time.

Trail Blazers 87, Pistons 81

In Portland, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 20 points, and the Trail Blazers held off tired but tenacious Detroit.

Rockets 97, Timberwolves 84

In Minneapolis, Luis Scola had 20 points and a season-high 16 rebounds as Houston handed Minnesota its 11th loss in a row.

Mavericks 99, Spurs 94 (OT)

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his season-high 41 points in overtime and the short-handed Mavericks held on to beat injury-depleted San Antonio.

Knicks 110, Pacers 103

In Indianapolis, Al Harrington scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter against his former team, and New York beat Indiana to snap a six-game losing streak.

Celtics 109, Warriors 95

In Boston, Rajon Rondo scored 12 of his season high-tying 18 points in the third quarter and the Celtics rebounded from a two-game skid by beating short-handed Golden State.

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