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Friday, Jan. 1, 2010

James scores 48 on birthday

CLEVELAND (AP) Anderson Varejao made his first career 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left — a 25th birthday present to teammate LeBron James — to give Cleveland a 106-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers' 11th victory in 12 games.

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No-look defense: Devin Brown of the Hornets puts up a shot over Miami's Jermaine O'Neal on Wednesday night. AP PHOTO

James scored a season-high 48 points with 10 rebounds for the Cavs.

With the score tied at 101 and the 24-second shot clock down to its final tick, the ball wound up in the hands of Varejao, who missed his first 18 career 3-pointers. But the frizzy-haired Brazilian stepped up and drilled his long shot before James rushed into his arms.

After Atlanta's Mike Bibby missed a 3 with six seconds left, Jamario Moon made two free throws to ice Cleveland's sixth straight win and 11th in a row at home.

Joe Johnson scored 35 for the Hawks, who were held to just 37 points in the second half.

Raptors 107, Bobcats 103

In Toronto, Chris Bosh had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani matched his season high with 28 points, and the hosts beat Charlotte for their season-high fifth straight win.

Nets 104, Knicks 95

In East Rutherford, N.J., Brook Lopez had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and New Jersey not only posted a rare victory, it snapped a 10-game losing streak with a blowout of New York.

Yi Jianlian added 22 points, Chris Douglas-Roberts had 17 and Devin Harris had 17, eight assists and seven rebounds as New Jersey (3-29) ended its second double-digit losing streak of the season.

Grizzlies 121, Pacers 110

In Indianapolis, Rudy Gay scored 31 points to lead Memphis over Indiana, the Pacers' eighth straight loss.

Zach Randolph had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 21 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies.

Former Pacer Jamaal Tinsley scored three points in 15 minutes for Memphis. It was his first game in Indiana since the Pacers waived him this past summer. Tinsley often found himself injured or in legal trouble during his stay, and Pacers fans who remembered showered him with boos when he entered the game late in the first quarter.

Jazz 107, Timberwolves 103

In Minneapolis, Deron Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, and Utah beat the hosts.

Hornets 95, Heat 91

In New Orleans, David West scored six of his 21 points in the last 55 seconds, and the Hornets held on to beat Miami.

Chris Paul had 18 points and nine assists, and Emeka Okafor had 15 points, 14 rebounds and a key block on Udonis Haslem in the final 30 seconds, helping New Orleans end a two-game skid and snap the Heat's three-game winning streak.

Dwyane Wade scored 22 for the Heat, which trailed by 15 early in the fourth quarter but led 88-87 when Quentin Richardson tipped in Wade's missed jumper with 59 seconds to go.

Suns 116, Celtics 98

In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye scored 26 points apiece, and the Suns handed injury-depleted Boston its third straight loss.

The Celtics were without injured Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the final stop of what turned out to be an awful four-game road trip.

Magic 117, Bucks 92

In Orlando, Vince Carter overcame a hard collision to score 25 points, rallying the Magic past Milwaukee.

Carter was thrust under the courtside seats on a hard hit by Ersan Ilyasova late in the third quarter that gave Orlando a brief scare. The Magic's star shooting guard shook off the pain and never exited, igniting a 17-2 run that helped them pull away.

76ers 116, Kings 106

In Sacramento, Lou Williams scored 22 points, Allen Iverson had 20, and Philadelphia took over in the fourth quarter for a win over the Kings.

The 76ers repeatedly made perimeter shots in the final period, when they built the lead to double digits to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since Oct. 30-31.

Trail Blazers 103, Clippers 99

In Portland, Brandon Roy had 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and the Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles despite losing LaMarcus Aldridge to an ankle injury.

Martell Webster added 15 points, Jerryd Bayless had 14 and rookie Jeff Pendergraph had eight points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won four in a row and seven of eight against Los Angeles.

Chris Kaman had 25 points and nine rebounds for the mediocre Clippers.



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