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Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Williams backs up James in Cavs win

CLEVELAND (AP) Mo Williams doesn't mind being forgotten, lost in the gargantuan shadows cast by his superstar teammates.

LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal can have all the attention.

Williams just wants a taste now and then. He got some Saturday night.

Williams made all seven of his 3-point attempts and scored 25 points, James added 25 with 12 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a lackluster loss in Charlotte by beating the road-tested Dallas Mavericks 111-95.

One night after misfiring on six 3s, Williams was perfect.

"That last couple games I think I was 2-for-15," Williams said. "I made the first couple and it felt pretty good. I never feel uncomfortable from behind the line and tonight was one of those nights." Anderson Varejao scored 15 — 13 in the second half — on 7-of-7 shooting for the Cavs, who were beaten 94-87 by the Bobcats on Friday in O'Neal's return after missing six games with a shoulder injury. Cleveland also got a huge boost from troubled guard Delonte West.

West, who played just over two minutes on Friday and has been ineffective recently while dealing with personal and health issues, added 10 points and 10 rebounds in a season-high 29 minutes.

"He was awesome," James said of West. "Delonte is one of those guys who can not play for seven or eight straight games, come back in and it looks like he never missed a beat. I don't know how he does it. We have certain guys in this league who can do that, and he's one of them."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 and Jason Terry 25 for Dallas, which was denied its sixth straight road win. The Mavericks were outrebounded 39-24 and didn't play enough defense.

"That's what lost us the game," Nowitzki said. "We scored almost 100, which is enough sometimes to win on the road, but we couldn't get any stops. We gave up too many layups. Once you get all layups, everybody starts feeling good about themselves.

"The basket gets bigger. Mo Williams was on fire. Varejao didn't even miss one."

Bobcats 92, Wizards 76

In Washington, Charlotte had six players in double figures, led by Gerald Wallace, who had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Nazr Mohammed each had 12 points in Charlotte's fourth straight win, its longest winning streak since a five-game run in February-March.

Jazz 108, Blazers 92

In Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 24 points and 15 assists to lead Utah to its fifth win in six games. Utah never trailed and shot a season-best 61.4 percent from the field.

Brandon Roy scored 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 points for Portland, which lost for the second time in two nights. The Blazers missed 15 of their 18 attempts from 3-point range.

Magic 100, Bucks 98

In Milwaukee, Vince Carter scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half after getting four stitches for an accidental cut lip and Dwight Howard added 25 points and 20 rebounds to rally Orlando from 15 down in the third quarter.

Ersan Ilyasova finished with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Lakers 130, Warriors 97

In Oakland, Los Angeles made it five straight wins by thrashing Golden State.

Pau Gasol scored 22 points to lead seven players in double figures.

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