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Cavs rest James, still good enough vs. Spurs

CLEVELAND — LeBron James insists he's "good." The Cavaliers don't want their superstar to play again until he's great — and Monday, they still beat a top team without him.

Mo Williams made two free throws with nine seconds left and Delonte West made the kind of plays down the stretch reserved for James as the Cavs won without their superstar, beating San Antonio 97-95.

James has sat out consecutive games to rest a tender right ankle he twisted Friday against Detroit. Cleveland had been 0-9 since 2007-08 without him.

Williams scored 17 for the Cavs and West had 16 points and a key steal in the final minute as Cleveland became the first team to reach 50 wins this season.

Cleveland, already missing center Shaquille O'Neal (thumb surgery), also finished without forward Antawn Jamison, who left in the third quarter with a stiff left knee.

"Without LeBron, Shaq and Antawn, that's the three main guys," Williams said. "We so often get the ball to LeBron and play through him. We did a good job of finding a way."

The Spurs played for the first time this season without guard Tony Parker. He's out six weeks with a broken hand suffered on Saturday in Memphis, but he won't need surgery.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nuggets coach George Karl will miss Wednesday's game at Minnesota for another round of cancer treatment. … The Grizzlies were without leading scorer Zach Randolph (lower back stiffness) and recalled 7-foot-3 rookie center Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft last summer, from the developmental league. … Al Jefferson returned for Minnesota after serving a two-game suspension for a DWI arrest. … Warriors center Andris Biedrins will need surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle.

Cavaliers 97, Spurs 95

SAN ANTONIO (95): Ginobili 12-23 7-7 38, Duncan 6-12 1-2 13, McDyess 2-8 0-0 4, Hill 8-13 5-8 23, Bogans 0-2 0-0 0, Bonner 4-7 0-0 9, Jefferson 1-3 1-2 3, Mason 1-10 0-1 2, Blair 0-3 0-0 0, Hairston 1-2 0-0 2, Mahinmi 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 35-84 15-22 95.

CLEVELAND (97): J.Williams 6-11 0-1 13, Jamison 6-12 2-4 17, Hickson 5-12 2-2 12, M.Williams 7-16 2-2 17, A.Parker 3-3 2-2 8, West 5-13 6-6 16, Varejao 3-5 5-7 11, Moon 0-1 0-0 0, Gibson 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 36-76 19-24 97.

San Antonio 26 26 24 19— 95

Cleveland 28 21 23 25— 97

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 10-29 (Ginobili 7-11, Hill 2-3, Bonner 1-3, Bogans 0-2, Jefferson 0-2, Mason 0-8), Cleveland 6-14 (Jamison 3-4, J.Williams 1-2, Gibson 1-2, M.Williams 1-5, Hickson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 51 (Jefferson 9), Cleveland 50 (Varejao 9). AssistsSan Antonio 21 (Ginobili, Duncan 5), Cleveland 21 (M.Williams 8). Total FoulsSan Antonio 19, Cleveland 17. TechnicalsCleveland defensive three second. A20,562 (20,562).

Knicks 99, Hawks 98

ATLANTA (98): Williams 3-6 2-2 8, Jos.Smith 11-22 3-7 25, Horford 6-14 6-6 18, Bibby 0-4 1-1 1, Johnson 8-17 5-6 22, Crawford 5-16 4-5 16, Evans 3-6 0-0 6, Pachulia 0-1 0-0 0, Teague 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-87 21-27 98.

NEW YORK (99): Gallinari 9-14 5-6 27, Chandler 2-8 0-0 5, Lee 9-15 1-1 19, Rodriguez 4-10 1-2 9, Walker 3-5 0-0 8, Harrington 5-10 2-2 14, Douglas 4-8 2-2 11, House 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 39-77 11-13 99.

Atlanta 27 19 24 28— 98

New York 27 17 32 23— 99

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 3-17 (Crawford 2-8, Johnson 1-4, Williams 0-1, Evans 0-2, Bibby 0-2), New York 10-15 (Gallinari 4-5, Harrington 2-3, Walker 2-3, Douglas 1-1, Chandler 1-2, Rodriguez 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 51 (Horford 12), New York 45 (Lee 13). AssistsAtlanta 15 (Jos.Smith 6), New York 20 (Rodriguez, House 4). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, New York 23. TechnicalsNew York defensive three second 2. A19,763 (19,763).

Grizzlies 107, Nets 101

NEW JERSEY (101): Hassell 0-1 0-0 0, Boone 3-5 0-2 6, Lopez 3-10 4-5 10, Harris 9-18 8-10 28, Lee 13-20 2-3 30, Humphries 1-7 0-0 2, Douglas-Roberts 1-2 0-0 2, Hayes 2-7 1-2 6, Dooling 1-4 0-0 3, T.Williams 6-11 1-2 14. Totals 39-85 16-24 101.

MEMPHIS (107): Gay 7-18 7-9 21, Arthur 3-4 1-2 7, Gasol 8-13 3-5 19, Conley 9-18 1-2 21, Mayo 2-8 4-4 8, Haddadi 1-1 1-2 3, Young 3-11 4-4 10, Carroll 5-8 0-0 10, M.Williams 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 41-87 21-28 107.

New Jersey 27 24 26 24— 101

Memphis 32 35 14 26— 107

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 7-23 (Harris 2-6, Lee 2-6, T.Williams 1-2, Dooling 1-3, Hayes 1-6), Memphis 4-12 (M.Williams 2-3, Conley 2-5, Gay 0-1, Young 0-1, Mayo 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 50 (Boone 9), Memphis 57 (Gasol 13). AssistsNew Jersey 23 (T.Williams, Lopez 6), Memphis 16 (Mayo 6). Total FoulsNew Jersey 20, Memphis 18. TechnicalsGasol, Memphis defensive three second 2. A10,317 (18,119).

Mavericks 125, T'wolves 112

DALLAS (125): Butler 9-19 2-2 23, Marion 14-25 1-2 29, Nowitzki 8-15 8-10 24, Kidd 4-8 2-2 12, Beaubois 4-12 3-4 11, Najera 3-5 2-2 9, Barea 4-8 0-0 9, Stevenson 1-2 2-2 4, Carroll 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 48-96 22-26 125.

MINNESOTA (112): Gomes 5-12 2-2 12, Jefferson 15-21 6-7 36, Hollins 5-8 3-5 13, Flynn 4-12 3-3 13, Brewer 3-10 4-5 11, Love 1-7 4-4 6, Pavlovic 3-10 0-3 7, Milicic 1-3 1-2 3, Sessions 5-5 1-2 11, Wilkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-88 24-33 112.

Dallas 34 37 26 28— 125

Minnesota 27 34 23 28— 112

3-Point GoalsDallas 7-21 (Butler 3-6, Kidd 2-5, Barea 1-2, Najera 1-3, Stevenson 0-1, Carroll 0-1, Beaubois 0-3), Minnesota 4-22 (Flynn 2-6, Pavlovic 1-6, Brewer 1-7, Gomes 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 44 (Marion 14), Minnesota 63 (Jefferson 13). AssistsDallas 30 (Kidd 10), Minnesota 26 (Flynn 8). Total FoulsDallas 24, Minnesota 20. TechnicalsNowitzki, Stevenson, Minnesota defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Hollins. Ejected— Hollins. A14,007 (19,356).

Hornets 135, Warriors 131

GOLDEN STATE (131): Morrow 11-13 0-1 28, Maggette 7-10 4-4 18, Hunter 5-8 0-0 10, Curry 5-13 0-0 12, Watson 4-9 4-4 12, George 7-11 0-0 18, Williams 10-16 7-8 28, Tolliver 1-5 3-4 5. Totals 50-85 18-21 131.

NEW ORLEANS (135): Stojakovic 6-14 3-4 16, West 11-16 6-7 28, Okafor 10-12 2-3 22, Collison 7-12 0-2 16, Peterson 4-8 0-0 12, Songaila 3-6 1-1 7, Thornton 11-19 4-5 28, J.Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Posey 1-3 1-2 4. Totals 54-92 17-24 135.

Golden State 25 37 33 36— 131

New Orleans 36 31 33 35— 135

3-Point GoalsGolden State 13-25 (Morrow 6-6, George 4-7, Curry 2-4, Williams 1-3, Tolliver 0-2, Watson 0-3), New Orleans 10-22 (Peterson 4-7, Collison 2-3, Thornton 2-6, Posey 1-3, Stojakovic 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 29 (Tolliver 5), New Orleans 54 (West 13). AssistsGolden State 26 (Watson 7), New Orleans 38 (Collison 20). Total FoulsGolden State 23, New Orleans 18. A13,889 (17,188).

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