March 22, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Cavaliers top Hawks; Suns rout Wizards


Any ideas the Atlanta Hawks had of extending their seven-game winning streak ended quickly yesterday. LeBron James and the host Cleveland Cavaliers took a 24-point lead early in the second quarter in winning their eighth straight game, 102-96 over the Hawks. "That's what we wanted to do," said James, who scored 22 points as the Cavaliers (56-13) improved to 32-1 at home. "We wanted to first protect home court like we've been able to do." The Hawks were hoping to prove a point against the team with the best record in the NBA. Instead, it turned into a day of frustration for Atlanta (41-29). Hawks coach Mike Woodson picked up technical fouls in the second and third quarters and was ejected. Mo Williams led the Cavaliers with 24 points.

Suns 128, Wizards 96: : Antwan Jamison had 25 points and eight rebounds and reserve JaVale McGee added 16 points, but visiting Washington lost its fourth straight game, to Phoenix. The Wizards (16-55) have lost six of seven. Jason Richardson scored 35 for the Suns (38-31).

Other games: : Glen Davis scored a career-high 24 points and the visiting Celtics (53-18) pulled away in the second half for a 105-87 victory over the Grizzlies (17-52). Kevin Garnett, in his second game back from a right knee injury, had 10 points in 17 minutes. Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) scored 15 points but shot just 5-for-15 for Memphis. ... Kobe Bryant scored 28 points and the Lakers (55-14) rallied for a 117-109 victory over the Bulls (32-38) in the opener of a seven-game road trip. ... Brandon Roy had 30 points to lead the Trail Blazers (44-26) to a 96-84 win over the host Bucks (31-40). Steve Blake (Maryland) added 21 for Portland.

V. Klitschko stops Gomez, retains belt


Vitali Klitschko retained the World Boxing Council heavyweight title by stopping Juan Carlos Gomez in the ninth round in Stuttgart, Germany. Klitschko, 37, twice put down the Germany-based Cuban defector, in the seventh and ninth rounds, before referee Daniel Van de Wiele stopped the fight with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining in the round. Klitschko, 6 feet 7, improved his career record to 37-2 (36 KOs), his last loss coming to Lennox Lewis in June 2003. The Ukrainian was making the first defense of the WBC title he reclaimed by stopping Samuel Peter in October, which followed a four-year retirement. Gomez, 35, was the mandatory challenger.

In own car, Harvick wins Nationwide race


Kevin Harvick proved just how strong his organization is by winning the Scotts Turf Builder 300, a Nationwide Series event, at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in his own racecar. Harvick led 44 laps in the NASCAR second-tier series race in his Kevin Harvick Inc.-owned Chevrolet, his first victory in a car fielded by the race team he built with his wife, Delana. Although Harvick has won three times in a KHI-owned Truck - in 2002, '03 and '08 - he had yet to win a race in the more prestigious Nationwide Series. Harvick had a clear shot at the win after Kyle Busch was taken out of contention by a penalty on the final pit stop.

Stallworth's attorney: Tests not released


According to his attorney, authorities have yet to release blood tests for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, who authorities say fatally struck a pedestrian in Miami Beach, Fla., last weekend. Meanwhile, his attorney, Christopher Lyons, denied media reports that the tests show Stallworth was driving drunk. Lyons told the Associated Press that neither police nor the state attorney's office have released the results of toxicology tests and have not said when they will be released. The Miami Herald and Miami TV news stations, citing unnamed sources, have reported that Stallworth's blood-alcohol level was above Florida's legal limit. Stallworth hasn't been charged.

Lions: : The team is retiring the No. 93 jersey for the coming season in memory of defensive lineman Corey Smith, who disappeared when a boat capsized off the Florida coast. Smith, a free agent who played the past three seasons with Detroit, is one of three men who went missing off the Gulf Coast after their 21-foot fishing boat capsized in rough seas three weeks ago. The Lions announced the one-year retirement of Smith's jersey number at a memorial service in Smith's hometown of Richmond, Va.

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