Deron Williams scored eight of his 12 points in the third quarter and Carlos Boozer finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz ended a three-game losing streak by beating the visiting Washington Wizards, 103-88, last night.
Ronnie Brewer scored 13 despite playing only the second and fourth quarters as punishment for oversleeping and missing yesterday morning's shoot-around. Seven Utah players scored in double figures.
The Jazz (42-26) had followed a 12-game winning streak by losing the last three of a five-game road trip and couldn't afford to slip up against the hapless Wizards.
Nick Young and Juan Dixon (Maryland) had 14 points each to lead Washington, which was opening a four-game road trip. Antawn Jamison added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Andray Blatche pulled down 13 rebounds for the Wizards (16-52). Washington's Caron Butler missed his second straight game with an injury to his left hamstring.
Cavaliers 97, Magic 93: : LeBron James dropped a long three-pointer with 47.4 seconds left and added two free throws with 8.7 seconds to go as Cleveland improved to 30-1 at home with a victory over Orlando (49-18). With Cleveland (54-13) trailing 93-92 in a game soaked in playoff intensity, James, wearing green and white Nikes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, pulled up in front of Orlando's bench and coldly knocked down his three. Magic center Dwight Howard was called for a three-second violation on Orlando's next trip, giving the ball back to Cleveland. James was fouled and made his two free throws as the crowd serenaded him with chants of "MVP." He finished with 43 points.
Hawks 119, Kings 97: : Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Smith finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds as host Atlanta beat Sacramento (14-53). The Hawks' 40-28 is their highest win total since 1997-98.
Mavericks 103, Pistons 101: : Dirk Nowitzki (30 points) and Dallas (41-27) led Detroit (33-33) from start to finish. Richard Hamilton was a late scratch for Detroit because of an aggravated groin problem.