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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cavs humiliate hapless Knicks

Score 74 first-half points en route to victory

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a 74-point first half to hammer the New York Knicks 124-93 on Monday night in their first game since learning Shaquille O'Neal will miss the rest of the regular season.

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Blown out: New York's Tracy McGrady drives on Cleveland's Anthony Parker on Monday. The Cavaliers won 124-93. AP PHOTO

The Cavaliers didn't miss the 15-time All-Star, who had surgery on his injured right thumb Monday morning.

The 31-point margin of victory is the largest this season for Cleveland, which equaled a season high with its 74-point first half — set three weeks ago against the Knicks. The Cavaliers outrebounded New York 60-31 and led by as much as 49. They have won eight straight in the series.

Reserve Bill Walker scored 21 points for New York.

Magic 126, 76ers 105

In Philadelphia, Jameer Nelson had 22 points and 10 assists as Orlando defeated the Sixers.

All five starters scored at least 14 points for the Magic.

Mavericks 89, Bobcats 84

In Charlotte, Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, Jason Terry had several key buckets down the stretch, and surging Dallas beat the Bobcats to spoil the hosts' first game since Michael Jordan agreed to buy the team.

Jordan's presence courtside and a difficult travel schedule couldn't stop the NBA's hottest team from its eighth straight win. Caron Butler added 22 points and Terry scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas.

Trail Blazers 103, Grizzlies 93

In Memphis, Brandon Roy scored 25 points and Nicolas Batum added 21 as Portland erased a 14-point first-half deficit with a strong third quarter and defeated the Grizzlies.

Spurs 106, Hornets 92

In New Orleans, George Hill scored 23 points and San Antonio won its second straight, beating the Hornets.

Rookie Marcus Thornton was 6 of 7 from 3-point range, setting a career high for 3s in a game, and scored 30 points for New Orleans, which has dropped two straight and four of its last five.

Hawks 116, Bulls 92

In Chicago, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, Josh Smith added 17 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, and Atlanta beat the short-handed Bulls for its fourth win in five games.

Derrick Rose led Chicago with 24 points.

Rockets 116, Raptors 92

In Houston, Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks scored 28 points each in three quarters and the Rockets rolled to a win over struggling and beat-up Toronto.

Houston led by 32 after three quarters and both teams played mostly reserves the rest of the way.

Suns 101, Nuggets 85

In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the reserves keyed a big second quarter for the Suns in a triumph over Denver.

Clippers 108, Jazz 104

In Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Clippers nearly blew a 17-point lead in the final 6 1/2 minutes before beating Utah.

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