Cavs top Nets, 96-88, win 9th in row

LeBron James had 30 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their ninth straight game, beating the host New Jersey Nets, 96-88, last night to tie a franchise record with their 57th victory.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 points and became the career leader in blocked shots for the Cavaliers, who improved the NBA's best record to 57-13.


Vince Carter had 25 points and nine rebounds, but without injured point guard Devin Harris the Nets (30-40) simply lacked the firepower to hang with the NBA's toughest defensive team.

Ilgauskas had four blocks and passed John "Hot Rod" Williams (1,200) as Cleveland's career leader with 1,202.


Rockets 87, Spurs 85: : Luis Scola dropped in the winning layup with 11.2 seconds left after a bullet pass from Yao Ming, and visiting Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to wrest first place in the Southwest Division from San Antonio. Ron Artest scored 24 points as the Rockets (47-25) won their fourth straight to reclaim the top spot in the division for the first time since Christmas. Tim Duncan scored 23 points for the Spurs (45-24).

Hornets 99, Warriors 89: : Chris Paul scored 27 points, lifting host New Orleans (44-25) to a victory over Golden State (25-45). The Hornets trail the Rockets by 1 1/2 games in the Southwest Division.

Heat 101, Pistons 96: : Dwyane Wade scored 39 points and Udonis Haslem hit a go-ahead jumper with 6.3 seconds left as visiting Miami beat Detroit. Wade also blocked two shots in the final 30 seconds, helping the fifth-place Heat (37-32) stretch its lead over the Pistons (34-35) to three games in the Eastern Conference standings. Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points for seventh-place Detroit.

76ers 112, Kings 100: : Andre Iguodala made his first 10 shots and scored 27 points, and Philadelphia (35-33) never trailed in beating host Sacramento (15-55).

Raptors 100, Clippers 76: : Chris Bosh had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Toronto (25-45) beat visiting Los Angeles (17-53).

Thunder 97, Timberwolves 90: : Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead Oklahoma City (20-50) to a victory over host Minnesota (20-50).