Wizards fall to Trail Blazers

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Butler has 31 in 100-87 loss

L. James just misses triple double in Cavs' win

January 25, 2009|By From Sun news services

Washington's Caron Butler had 31 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, but Washington couldn't overcome a balanced Portland attack as the host Trail Blazers beat the Wizards, 100-87, last night.

Brandon Roy led Portland (26-17) with 22 points, Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 18, Sergio Rodriguez had 12, and Travis Outlaw added 11 off the bench.

Roy made 10 steals, and Oden grabbed 14 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.

Antawn Jamison scored 19 points, and Juan Dixon (Maryland, Calvert Hall) added 13 for Washington (9-34), which lost for the ninth time in its past 11 games.

Excluding Dixon, the Wizards' bench contributed just 11 points.

Cavaliers 102, Jazz 97: : LeBron James scored 33 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and was just one assist short of a triple double as visiting Cleveland held off Utah.

Mo Williams added 25 points for the Cavs (34-8).

Deron Williams had a season-high 16 assists and scored 17 points for the Jazz (25-19), which had won seven straight at home.

76ers 116, Knicks 110: : Andre Iguodala scored 24 points, and Andre Miller added 21 as host Philadelphia welcomed the return of Elton Brand to the lineup with a victory over New York (18-25).

Brand, who missed 16 games after dislocating his right shoulder Dec. 17, had six points in 13 minutes off the bench.

The Sixers (21-21) won for the eighth time in nine games.

Heat 103, Magic 97:: Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Mario Chalmers added 20, and Miami (23-19) ended a 10-game losing streak against Orlando (33-10) with a home victory.

Udonis Haslem added 12 points - including two huge baskets down the stretch - for the Heat, which finished with four turnovers, an all-time franchise low, and dealt the Magic its second straight loss.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando before he was ejected with 1.1 seconds left.

Nets 99, Grizzlies 88:: Vince Carter scored 23 points, and Devin Harris added 17 points and eight assists as visiting New Jersey (20-24) ended a five-game skid with a victory over Memphis (11-32).

O.J. Mayo scored 23 points to lead the Grizzlies.

Memphis played its second game under interim coach Johnny Davis. The Grizzlies are scheduled to introduce new coach Lionel Hollins, a Bucks assistant, at a news conference today.

Bucks 106, Kings 104: : Luc Richard Mbah a Moute hit a free throw with 3.3 seconds to go and Richard Jefferson scored 20 points as host Milwaukee (22-25) beat Sacramento (10-34).

The Kings' Brad Miller, who finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, saw his jumper bounce off the back of the rim at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.

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