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Cavs need OT to top Raptors

TORONTO — Mo Williams made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and finished with 22 points, LeBron James scored 36, and the Cavaliers beat the Raptors 126-118 on Friday night.

Antawn Jamison scored 22 and Delonte West 15 for Cleveland, which won its third straight. Anderson Varejao had 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 2:12 left.

Jarrett Jack and Andrea Bargnani each scored 24 for the Raptors and Hedo Turkoglu had 18 before fouling out in overtime.

Reggie Evans scored a season-high 13, Sonny Weems had 11 and Antoine Wright added 10 as Toronto lost consecutive home games for the first time since Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.

The Cavaliers have won 15 of their past 18 meetings with the Raptors.

Varejao started in place of Shaquille O'Neal, who left Thursday's win at Boston with a sprained right thumb. O'Neal, who ate dinner in the media lounge while watching Olympic speed skating on TV, is scheduled for an MRI exam today.

Chris Bosh (left ankle) missed his fourth straight game for Toronto, with Rasho Nesterovic starting in his place.

Cleveland led 105-98 with 3:39 to go in regulation, but Bargnani hit a step-back jumper, Turkoglu made a reverse layup and Wright made a pair from the line to cut it to one at 105-104, with 2:12 remaining.

James ended the run with two free throws, but Turkoglu tied it with a 3-pointer from the wing then gave Toronto a 109-107 lead with a put-back dunk on Jack's miss with 50.6 seconds left.

James tied it with a layup, then Jack made two free throws, but James answered with another driving layup, tying it at 111 with 13 seconds remaining.

Toronto gave the ball to Turkoglu, but he missed a 3-pointer from the wing, giving Cleveland a second for a final shot. After a timeout, the Cavaliers gave the ball to Anthony Parker, but he missed a 3 at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Williams made 3s on Cleveland's first two possessions in overtime, and the Raptors never challenged again, shooting 1-of-8 in the extra session.

James stayed in the game after he went down wincing with an apparent left knee injury following a collision with DeMar DeRozan in the first. He later threw down a driving dunk, forced a steal and made one free throw, then hit a 3-pointer after Cleveland grabbed the rebound on his missed second shot.

The spurt put the Cavaliers up 10, and they led by as many as 12 before Toronto rallied, cutting it to 33-30 after one quarter.

The Raptors kept it close through the second, and Antoine Wright's 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the half tied it at 60 heading into the break.

West scored four in the final minute of the third to give Cleveland an 86-82 lead heading into the fourth.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Jason Kidd had 19 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds as the visiting Mavericks beat the Hawks 111-103 in overtime. It was Kidd's first triple double this season and 104th career, third most behind Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138). … Former Florida forward David Lee's layup with 1.6 seconds left in overtime snapped New York's eight-game skid with a 118-116 victory over the host Wizards. … Kevin Durant scored 25 and Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his second triple double against the Timberwolves in less than a week as host Oklahoma City cruised to a 109-92 victory. Westbrook had 18 points, matched his franchise record with 15 assists and had eight rebounds. … Stephen Jackson had 32 points and a season-high 11 rebounds to help the Bobcats top the host Grizzlies 93-89.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The league fined Lakers center Andrew Bynum $25,000 for publicly criticizing game officials. Bynum said after Los Angeles' 101-96 loss Wednesday at Dallas: "It's hard playing eight-on-five, man." … Mavericks forward Caron Butler missed his second straight game because of a negative reaction to medication.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former All-Star Alvin Robertson faces sexual assault of a child and sex trafficking charges alleging he was among seven people who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution and made to dance at a strip club, authorities said. Robertson, a former Spur who still lives in San Antonio, Texas, was taken into custody in Bentonville, Ark. An investigation began in April when the girl waved down a police cruiser in Corpus Christi, Texas, and told authorities she had been abducted from San Antonio, Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Ino Badillo said. … Heat point guard Carlos Arroyo was charged with resisting arrest after police say he was pulled over for driving suspiciously. The Coral Gables Police Department said a motorcycle officer made several attempts to pull Arroyo over Friday morning.

Cavaliers 126, Raptors 118, OT

CLEVELAND (126): James 10-17 15-16 36, Jamison 8-14 5-9 22, Varejao 4-5 3-3 11, M.Williams 8-18 0-0 22, Parker 4-8 0-0 10, Hickson 2-4 2-2 6, West 5-13 4-4 15, J.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Powe 1-2 2-2 4, Moon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-82 31-36 126.

TORONTO (118): Turkoglu 8-16 0-0 18, Bargnani 9-17 4-4 24, Nesterovic 3-5 0-0 6, Jack 8-14 6-6 24, DeRozan 1-6 2-2 4, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 4-8 5-9 13, Weems 5-7 1-2 11, Wright 3-8 2-2 10, Calderon 4-12 0-0 8. Totals 45-93 20-25 118.

Cleveland 33 27 26 25 15— 126

Toronto 30 30 22 29 7— 118

3-Point GoalsCleveland 11-29 (M.Williams 6-11, Parker 2-5, Jamison 1-3, James 1-4, West 1-6), Toronto 8-25 (Bargnani 2-4, Jack 2-5, Turkoglu 2-6, Wright 2-6, Calderon 0-4). Fouled OutVarejao, Turkoglu. ReboundsCleveland 55 (Jamison 11), Toronto 43 (Evans, DeRozan 5). AssistsCleveland 29 (James 9), Toronto 23 (Calderon 8). Total FoulsCleveland 25, Toronto 26. TechnicalsToronto defensive three second. A20,107 (19,800).

Thunder 109, T'wolves 92

MINNESOTA (92): Gomes 4-11 1-1 10, Jefferson 5-11 2-2 12, Hollins 2-7 2-2 6, Flynn 5-7 0-0 10, Brewer 4-10 0-0 9, Milicic 3-8 0-0 6, Love 7-16 5-6 19, Sessions 1-7 4-4 6, Wilkins 0-3 0-0 0, Ellington 2-5 1-2 5, Pavlovic 2-3 0-0 4, Pecherov 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 37-91 15-17 92.

OKLAHOMA CITY (109): Durant 8-17 8-9 25, Green 6-11 0-0 13, Krstic 5-9 0-0 10, Westbrook 7-11 4-6 18, Sefolosha 3-6 4-4 10, Collison 5-6 0-0 10, Harden 2-9 2-5 6, Maynor 1-1 1-1 3, Ibaka 7-9 0-0 14, Mullens 0-2 0-0 0, Ollie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-81 19-25 109.

Minnesota 19 22 24 27— 92

Oklahoma City 30 25 29 25— 109

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 3-16 (Pecherov 1-1, Brewer 1-2, Gomes 1-4, Flynn 0-1, Pavlovic 0-1, Sessions 0-1, Love 0-3, Ellington 0-3), Oklahoma City 2-11 (Durant 1-3, Green 1-4, Sefolosha 0-1, Harden 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 47 (Milicic 9), Oklahoma City 52 (Durant 9). AssistsMinnesota 21 (Sessions, Flynn 5), Oklahoma City 29 (Westbrook 15). Total FoulsMinnesota 18, Oklahoma City 16. A18,203 (18,203).

Knicks 118, Wizards 116, OT

NEW YORK (118): Chandler 5-14 1-2 11, Gallinari 4-5 1-2 9, Lee 10-18 5-6 25, Rodriguez 2-4 0-0 5, McGrady 8-17 7-9 23, House 2-10 0-0 4, Harrington 12-21 8-12 37, Walker 1-2 0-0 2, Douglas 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 44-91 24-33 118.

WASHINGTON (116): Thornton 5-11 0-2 11, Singleton 2-3 0-0 4, Blatche 11-21 3-5 26, Foye 8-11 3-5 22, Miller 5-10 0-0 12, Boykins 3-6 0-0 7, McGee 7-12 4-6 18, Young 2-7 1-2 7, Ross 3-6 1-1 7, Livingston 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Oberto 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 47-89 12-21 116.

New York 24 28 29 31 6— 118

Washington 30 29 26 27 4— 116

3-Point GoalsNew York 6-17 (Harrington 5-8, Rodriguez 1-1, McGrady 0-1, Gallinari 0-1, Chandler 0-1, House 0-5), Washington 10-18 (Foye 3-4, Miller 2-4, Young 2-4, Boykins 1-1, Blatche 1-2, Thornton 1-2, Ross 0-1). Fouled OutMiller, Thornton, Ross. ReboundsNew York 56 (Lee 16), Washington 51 (Blatche 18). AssistsNew York 27 (Rodriguez 7), Washington 34 (Foye 10). Total FoulsNew York 23, Washington 30. TechnicalsNew York defensive three second. A17,408 (20,173).

Mavericks 111, Hawks 103, OT

DALLAS (111): Marion 7-11 0-0 14, Nowitzki 15-26 5-5 37, Haywood 5-6 1-2 11, Kidd 7-18 1-2 19, Stevenson 1-5 1-2 3, Terry 8-16 0-0 17, Najera 1-2 0-0 2, Barea 4-8 0-0 8. Totals 48-92 8-11 111.

ATLANTA (103): Williams 2-8 2-2 7, Jos.Smith 8-15 2-3 18, Horford 4-16 5-6 13, Bibby 6-14 0-0 16, Johnson 11-21 3-4 27, Crawford 5-16 6-6 18, Evans 1-3 0-0 2, Pachulia 0-0 0-0 0, J. Smith 1-2 0-0 2, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-95 18-21 103.

Dallas 29 21 15 34 12— 111

Atlanta 19 31 26 23 4— 103

3-Point GoalsDallas 7-21 (Kidd 4-10, Nowitzki 2-2, Terry 1-4, Stevenson 0-1, Najera 0-1, Barea 0-3), Atlanta 9-26 (Bibby 4-8, Johnson 2-6, Crawford 2-9, Williams 1-2, Evans 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 60 (Kidd 16), Atlanta 47 (Jos.Smith 11). AssistsDallas 37 (Kidd 17), Atlanta 32 (Johnson 10). Total FoulsDallas 18, Atlanta 11. TechnicalsAtlanta Coach Woodson. A18,923 (18,729).

Bobcats 93, Grizzlies 89

CHARLOTTE (93): Wallace 4-9 2-2 10, Diaw 7-12 1-2 18, Ratliff 2-5 1-2 5, Felton 4-12 1-2 9, Jackson 13-26 3-5 32, Augustin 1-5 0-0 2, Thomas 6-7 1-4 13, Graham 0-1 2-2 2, Brown 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-79 11-19 93.

MEMPHIS (89): Gay 8-14 2-2 20, Randolph 10-15 4-6 24, Gasol 3-10 0-0 6, Conley 4-8 2-2 13, Mayo 5-13 2-2 14, Williams 2-4 1-2 7, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0, Arthur 1-2 0-2 2, Young 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 34-70 12-18 89.

Charlotte 26 22 21 24— 93

Memphis 27 20 19 23— 89

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 6-17 (Diaw 3-6, Jackson 3-7, Wallace 0-1, Augustin 0-1, Felton 0-2), Memphis 9-20 (Conley 3-3, Williams 2-3, Gay 2-4, Mayo 2-8, Young 0-2). Fouled OutGasol. ReboundsCharlotte 49 (Jackson 11), Memphis 42 (Randolph 10). AssistsCharlotte 17 (Felton 7), Memphis 19 (Conley, Mayo, Gay, Williams 3). Total FoulsCharlotte 19, Memphis 18. A14,713 (18,119).

Cavs need OT to top Raptors 02/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 11:06pm]
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