Monday's National Basketball Association Capsules

December 17, 2007
By PA SportsTicker


CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- LeBron James needed all the help he could get against the feisty Milwaukee Bucks.


James scored 31 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers post a 104-99 double-overtime victory over the Bucks on Monday night.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored six points of his 24 points in the second extra session and Devin Brown nearly had a triple-double for Cleveland, which picked up just its second win in the last 10 games.

James hit a driving layup in the second overtime with 26 seconds left and added a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play which iced the game.

Brown, who sent the game into a second overtime with a putback with 16 seconds left in the first session, scored 11 points with nine rebounds and six assists off the bench.

Ilgauskas, who opened the second overtime by hitting his first three shots, added 11 rebounds.

In a back-and-forth affair that featured 42 lead changes and 28 ties, Ilgauskas' second straight jumper gave Cleveland a 97-96 lead with 3:47 left. After pair of free throws from Mo Williams, James drove the lane and scored to make it 101-98.

The 22-year-old superstar then hit a pair of free throws and Daniel Gibson added another for the final margin.

Michael Redd carried Milwaukee, which used a 6-0 run to take a 93-91 lead with 40.4 seconds left in the first overtime.

However, Brown grabbed a rebound off a miss from Ilgauskas and muscled his way in for a putback that tied the game at 93-93 with 16 seconds to play.

Redd had 22 points and nine assists and Mason added 15 points for Milwaukee.


DALLAS (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Jerry Stackhouse scored 21 off the bench as the Dallas Mavericks posted a 111-108 victory over the struggling Orlando Magic on Monday night.

Jason Terry scored just eight points but had two big baskets down the stretch for Dallas, which has won five of six and has beaten Orlando 10 straight here.

Although Dallas had a comfortable lead heading down the stretch, Orlando rallied and had the ball with 7.4 seconds left and trailing by three points.

Keith Bogans inbounded to Dwight Howard, who passed back to Bogans. The swingman took one dribble toward the left wing, raised up and drained what looked to be a game-tying shot. However, Bogans' right foot barely touched the 3-point line and the referees correctly ruled it a two-pointer.


ATLANTA (Ticker) - Joe Johnson scored 13 of his team-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and Anthony Johnson added 17 and dished 14 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 116-111 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday.

Marvin Williams had 21 points, Josh Smith added 18 and rookie Al Horford recorded a season-high 17 for Atlanta, which snapped a nine-game losing streak against Utah.

The Jazz wasted a magnificent performance from Carlos Boozer, who tallied a season-high 39 points and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.


MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) - Stephen Jackson had 28 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors held off a late charge for a 125-117 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

Monta Ellis scored 23 points and Baron Davis collected 22 and eight assists for Golden State, which bounced back from an ugly loss at Detroit on the first stop on its five-game road swing.

The Warriors led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before Memphis came storming back thanks to a franchise-record eight 3-pointers.


MIAMI (Ticker) - Dwyane Wade scored 30 points, 14 in the crucial fourth quarter, and had a key steal in the final minute as the Heat defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 91-87, on Monday in match-up of the league's two worst teams.

Udonis Haslem had 18 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 15 as Miami (7-17) sent Minnesota (3-20) to its fifth straight loss.

Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 22 points and 20 rebounds and Rashad McCants added 19 points off the bench.


NEW YORK (Ticker) -- After contributing to a defensive effort that forced the New York Knicks to miss 20 straight shots in the second, Dunleavy scored 22 of his season-high 36 points in the third as the Indiana Pacers moved over the .500 mark with a 119-92 victory.

Jermaine O'Neal added 22 points for Indiana (13-12), which is above .500 for the first time since it was 3-2 on November 9.

Troy Murphy contributed 17 points and Jamaal Tinsley collected 12 assists for the Pacers, who shot 58 percent (49-of-84).


SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) - Despite a monster night from Tim Duncan, the Phoenix Suns handed the San Antonio Spurs their first home loss of the season, 100-95, Monday night at the AT&T Center.

Grant Hill led the Suns with 22 points. Leandro Barbosa and Amare Stoudemire combined to score 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Duncan finished with 36 points and 17 rebounds.

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