Originally created 02/28/04

LeBron comes up big in OT



ORLANDO - LeBron James scored six of his 30 points in overtime, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 28 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 112-107 victory Friday night over the Orlando Magic.

James, who committed an offensive foul on Cleveland's final possession of regulation, also had 11 rebounds as the Cavaliers won after blowing an 18-point fourth-quarter lead. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Jeff McInnis had 16 points and 12 assists.

The Magic tied the game on three free throws by Tracy McGrady, who was fouled by Boozer on a 3-point attempt with nine seconds to play.

McGrady finished with 35 points but shot only 11 of 32. Juwan Howard added 14 points, and Drew Gooden had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Cavs led 90-72 with 8:44 left after a 3-pointer by Jason Kapono, but the Magic fought back from there. They went on a 18-4 run, fueled by a defense that forced five turnovers and created numerous fast-break opportunities.

TIMBERWOLVES 91,

WARRIORS 81

In Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as Minnesota beat Golden State for the first time this season.

Minnesota, which has now defeated every other NBA team this season, lost to the Warriors in both of their previous meetings.

The Wolves took the lead for good when Garnett beat Mike Dunleavy for an offensive rebound and the ball was swung to Fred Hoiberg for a 3-pointer to put Minnesota up 62-59.

That basket keyed a 16-4 run that erased a 57-52 Warriors' lead.

CELTICS 88, RAPTORS 75

In a matchup of teams with seven-game losing streaks, Paul Pierce scored 21 points and Brandon Hunter grabbed 16 rebounds in his second career start to lead Boston past Toronto in Boston.

The seven-game losing streak was the Celtics' longest since they dropped 10 in a row from March 20 to April 7, 2000.

The Raptors, who have dropped to seventh place in the East, held the lead only once in the first quarter and never rebounded from a nearly three-minute scoring drought in which the Celtics took a 30-18 lead.

Boston's advantage swelled to as many as 26 points, 63-37, in the third quarter after Chucky Atkins fed Pierce in transition for a layup.

DUNCAN SIDELINED: Tim Duncan will miss at least one game for the San Antonio Spurs after injuring his left thigh during Thursday night's loss at Dallas.

A medical exam Friday determined that Duncan has an irritation of the patellofemoral joint, the area where the thigh bone meets the kneecap, the team said in a brief written statement. He will not play tonight at home against Denver, and his condition will be re-evaluated next week.

"Obviously it's good news," Spurs spokesman Tom James said of the diagnosis."It's short-term, rather than long-term."

Duncan hobbled to the bench midway through the third quarter of the Spurs' 115-91 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night.