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James sparks Cleveland rally

March 11th, 2007 10:12 am by Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - LeBron James had 32 points and nine assists, the last one to Anderson Varejao for the winning layup, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-92 Saturday night.

Michael Redd scored 29 points, but failed to force overtime when his short jumper missed. The Bucks lost their 12th straight game against Central Division teams since beating the Detroit Pistons in the season opener for both teams on Nov. 1.

The Cavaliers trailed by 12, but James tied it at 92 with a driving layup with 43 seconds left. Redd missed a 14-footer and Cleveland called timeout. The inbounds pass came to James, who dribbled out at the top of the key before finding Varejao, who drove for the layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw.

The Cavaliers (37-25) won their fourth straight, pulling within two games of Detroit for first place in the Central Division and Eastern Conference. It was James' sixth consecutive game with 32 or more points.

The three-time All-Star came in averaging 36.6 points on 56.5 percent shooting in his previous five games, topping the 35-point mark in four of those contests. His scoring burst has come after an 11-game stretch in which he averaged 23.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting.

Reserve Donyell Marshall scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Varejao added 10 rebounds and six points as Cleveland won its sixth straight game against the Bucks.

SALT LAKE CITY - Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 13 assists to lead the Utah Jazz to their sixth straight victory, beating the New Orleans Hornets 96-86 Saturday.

Mehmet Okur scored 29 points and Gordan Giricek added 16 for the Jazz, who are 8-2 since the All-Star break and won for the 14th time in 16 games.

Jannero Pargo scored 15 and Chris Paul had 12 points and 11 assists for New Orleans, which has lost five straight and was outrebounded 17-6 in the fourth quarter.

SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker scored 19 points to lead a balanced effort, and San Antonio beat the slumping Nets for its 12th straight victory.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili had 12 points and Brent Barry scored 11.

Vince Carter had 17 for the Nets, who have lost five straight. Mikki Moore added 14 points and Josh Boone scored 11, but Jason Kidd had only seven before he was ejected in the third quarter after picking up a pair of technical fouls.

Nets coach Lawrence Frank was also ejected.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Pau Gasol had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and Memphis snapped a six-game losing streak.

Hakim Warrick had 18 points for Memphis and Rudy Gay added 16 points and 10 boards. Mike Miller also scored 16 points. The Grizzlies, who own the worst record in the league, won for only the fifth time in 33 road games.

Raymond Felton scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while Gerald Wallace added 24 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.

Even the return of forward Sean May couldn't prevent the Bobcats from losing their eighth straight game. May, who had missed the last 20 games with a knee injury, played 22 minutes and scored 13 points and grabbed three rebounds.

ATLANTA - Josh Smith scored a career-high 32 points, going 12-of-15 from the field and helping Atlanta notch its third straight victory.

Kevin Garnett had 32 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight straight and 11 of 12 on the road.

The lead changed hands seven times in the second half, but Atlanta never trailed after Salim Stoudamire fed Smith for a dunk that made it 84-83 with 5:58 remaining.

WASHINGTON - Steve Francis took a page from Gilbert Arenas' playbook.

Francis swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer Saturday night to complete a late comeback and move New York into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

INDIANAPOLIS - Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, and Philadelphia won its seventh straight over the Pacers, who have lost eight in a row.

Willie Green scored 18 points and Andre Miller added 16 for the 76ers.

Danny Granger and Troy Murphy each scored 18 points for the undermanned Pacers.

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