King James rules as Cavaliers win again

Associated Press • Mar 18, 2007 at 8:09 AM

CLEVELAND - LeBron James silenced Carlos Boozer's boos.

James came through with 24 points, a season-high 17 rebounds and some stunning dunks to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Utah Jazz 82-73 on Saturday night for their eighth straight win.

Boozer, in his first game back in Cleveland since he left nearly three years ago for more money in Utah, scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds, playing through a steady chorus of boos and derisive chants.

He clanked a pair of free throws off the rim with 27 seconds left and his team down 79-73, much to the delight of the heckling crowd.

However, James, who was one assist shy of a triple-double, drew even more emotion from the crowd. He broke the Cavaliers out of their first-half malaise with 10 straight points during a 12-0 run that put Cleveland up 65-56 early in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz have lost four straight on the road after winning six straight. They haven't scored more than 90 points during the streak.

WASHINGTON - Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and the Wizards moved a half-game ahead of Miami atop the Southeast Division.

The Wizards shot a season-high 58 percent from the field. Arenas was 10-for-18 and had 11 assists. Antawn Jamison added 21 points for the Wizards.

New Orleans, trying to stay in contention for a playoff berth in the Western Conference, lost for the seventh time in eight games. Chris Paul, playing the second game of a back-to- back series for the first time since he was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot, led the team with 21 points and eight assists in 32 minutes.

MEMPHIS - Mike Miller scored 25 points and Hakim Warrick added 15, including the winning free throw with 4.3 seconds left, to lift the Grizzlies over Chicago.

The win wasn't certain until Luol Deng missed an 8-foot hook in the lane as time ran out.

Kirk Hinrich's 8-footer with 9.2 seconds left tied the game at 103, erasing a 99-92 Memphis lead with 2:04 left.

Warrick then hit one of two free throws with 4.3 seconds left, and Deng's shot missed the mark with Warrick and Rudy Gay guarding him, snapping a four-game winning streak for Chicago.

Pau Gasol added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, while Gay scored 13 points and Miller grabbed 12 rebounds as Memphis outrebounded Chicago 50-41.

Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 33 points, Deng added 23 points and Hinrich 16.

INDIANAPOLIS - Troy Murphy scored 22 points and Mike Dunleavy added 21 to help Indiana snap its 11-game losing streak.

Danny Granger scored 19 points, Ike Diogu scored 15 and Jamaal Tinsley had 14 assists and no turnovers for Indiana.

Josh Smith had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and Zaza Pachulia added 16 points for the Hawks.

The Pacers hadn't won since a home victory over Milwaukee on Feb. 21, but they put up their largest victory margin since a 101-69 win over Portland on Feb. 8, 2006.

The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field despite a subpar game from Jermaine O'Neal, their top scorer. O'Neal shot 2-for-12 and finished with 10 points.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Kevin Martin scored 20 points, Ron Artest added 19 and Sacramento ended its five-game losing streak.

The Kings, trailing 62-50 with 4:47 left in the third period, went on a 17-2 run to end the quarter and finished the game on a 14-4 run.

Mike Bibby had 16 points and John Salmons 13 for Sacramento, which won despite shooting 33.8 percent from the field.

Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 23 points, but the rest of the starting five combined for 17 points. Reserve Trevor Ariza had 17 points and J.J. Redick added 12.

MILWAUKEE - Michael Redd scored 27 points to help the Bucks improve to 9-0 against Charlotte in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Bucks improved to 2-0 under new coach Larry Krystkowiak.

Milwaukee and Charlotte entered the game each with 24 wins, tied for the third fewest in the league.

Halfway through it wasn't clear which team would record win No. 25. Charlotte led 47-43 at halftime, and Gerald Wallace scored the first basket of the third quarter to make it 49-43. Then Milwaukee scored 18 consecutive points - seven from Redd - as Milwaukee opened a 61-49 lead with 6:18 to play in the quarter. The Bobcats answered by going on a 21-6 run to grab a 70-67 lead after three quarters. The Bucks eventually tied the game at 82 on two Mo Williams free throws, and they never trailed from there, although the Bobcats tied the game at 84. Milwaukee, which scored 18 of its 30 points in the fourth quarter from the free-throw line, then outscored Charlotte 13-7 down the stretch to win its 25th game of the season. Gerald Wallace had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Reserve Walter Herrman matched his career high with 18 points for Charlotte.

SAN ANTONIO - Paul Pierce led Boston with 30 points as the Celtics earned their first victory in San Antonio in more than 17 years.

Delonte West had 23 points, Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Rajon Rondo grabbed 14 rebounds during the Celtics' St. Patrick's Day matchup.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 30 points. Tim Duncan added 20 points and 16 rebounds and Michael Finley had 10 points.

The Celtics last beat the Spurs in San Antonio on Feb. 14, 1990. The Spurs had won 18 straight against the Celtics and 15 straight at home.

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