Boozer's three-point play saves Cavaliers

Cleveland beats Denver as Boozer posts double-double

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Lucas jumped in the air, pounded the scorer's table with his left hand and screamed loudly. Then, for effect, he did it again.

Lucas' outburst in the closing minutes didn't hurt the Cavs. They were doing enough damage all by themselves.

Former Juneau-Douglas High School star Carlos Boozer's three-point play with 10.6 seconds left bailed out Cleveland, which couldn't put away the slumping Denver Nuggets in the final minutes of a 111-104 win Saturday night.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas and rookie Dajuan Wagner scored 29 points apiece for the Cavs, who won for just the fourth time at home and fifth time this season.

"We kind of forgot what it feels like to win," said Ricky Davis, who capped a high-scoring week with 27 points. "It feels good."

James Posey had 21 for the Nuggets, who dropped their fourth straight and have lost nine of 10.

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Cleveland led 108-100 with 2:44 left after Davis hit a fadeaway jumper from 15 feet. But the Cavs had four turnovers and missed two shots on their next six possessions to let Denver hang around.

After Boozer threw a pass directly to one of the Nuggets, Lucas bounced up the sidelined and slammed the scorer's table and screamed, "Damn, Booze" in frustration.

"I was a little upset there," Lucas said, looking at his hand. "I'll take a Tylenol and be fine. Feels a lot better with a win. It wasn't a pretty win, but it was a good one."

Denver pulled to 108-104 on Rodney White's dunk with 1:42 left, and the Nuggets were still down by just four when they got the ball back with 24 seconds to go.

But Davis swatted away Juwan Howard's shot underneath and Darius Miles came out to block White's 3-pointer, starting a fast break that ended with Boozer dunking and getting fouled by Nene Hilario with 10.6 seconds left.

"The big thing was the defense at the end," Lucas said. "I told them, 'See, we can do it. We can get stops'. Now, we have to apply them for 48 minutes."

Boozer said as the Cavs mature, they should get better at closing out games.

"We need to get better at landing that last punch," said Boozer, who scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds off the bench. "We're getting better and better."

Mavericks 104, Grizzlies 87

DALLAS - Steve Nash scored 17 points in the first quarter as Dallas built a big lead, then took over again when things got close in the third quarter to lead the Mavericks past the Memphis Grizzlies.

Despite playing a second straight game without leading scorer and rebounder Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks set a franchise record for consecutive home wins with 12, including one from last season. Their 11-0 start at American Airlines Center ties the club record to begin a season set in 1983-84.

Nash replaced Nowitzki's scoring with 26 points and seven assists. Shawn Bradley took over on the glass with 18 rebounds and eight blocks. He also had 12 points.

Trail Blazers 98, Timberwolves 92, OT

MINNEAPOLIS - Derek Anderson scored 24 points and Rasheed Wallace added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Portland held off the Minnesota in overtime.

The Trail Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak, overcame a dreadful 1-for-20 shooting performance in the fourth quarter and outscored the Wolves 13-7 in overtime.

Heat 101, Warriors 92

MIAMI - Eddie Jones scored a career-high 38 points as the Miami Heat snapped a five-game losing streak.

Jones, whose previous career-high was 37, scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Heat avoid what would have been a humiliating defeat. After leading by 21 points in the third quarter, the Heat's lead was chopped to one.

Celtics 113, Knicks 90

NEW YORK - Paul Pierce had 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks for the seventh straight time.

Antoine Walker added 23 points and Vin Baker had 16 for the Celtics, who swept New York last season and are 3-0 against them this season.

Pistons 91, SuperSonics 78

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half as the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to three games and dropped Seattle to 2-1 on its five-game road trip.

Corliss Williamson added 15 for Detroit, while Chauncey Billups scored 13 and Ben Wallace pulled down 11 rebounds.

Brent Barry and Predrag Drobnjak hit 3-pointers to start the second half, pulling the Sonics within four, and they eventually cut it 60-59. Detroit, though, answered with a 12-0 run that included nine points from Hamilton.

Suns 102, Hawks 88

ATLANTA - Shawn Marion scored 24 points and Amare Stoudemire had eight in the decisive third quarter.

The Suns won their third straight to end a five-game road trip and completed a season sweep of the Hawks. Atlanta lost its third straight after a two-game winning streak.

Bulls 89, Bucks 87

CHICAGO - Jalen Rose had 30 points and Donyell Marshall had 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Sam Cassell tied the game at 95 on a baseline jumper with 32.3 left, but Rose responded by hitting a fadeaway jumper with 8.1 seconds remaining. Jay Williams stole Ray Allen's pass with 0.5 seconds left and was fouled. He missed both free throws, but the Bucks could not get off a final shot.

Clippers 94, Rockets 83

HOUSTON - Elton Brand and Andre Miller each scored 27 points as the Los Angeles Clippers ended Houston's seven-game home winning streak.

Marko Jaric added 13 points for the Clippers.

Cuttino Mobley led Houston with 19 points, followed by Yao Ming with 16, Glen Rice with 15, Steve Francis with 14 and Eddie Griffin with 10.

Kings 98, Jazz 96

SALT LAKE CITY - Chris Webber made four free throws in the final 8.5 seconds as the Sacramento Kings beat the Utah Jazz in a regular-season game for the seventh straight time.

Webber had 27 points and 13 rebounds in the game, which the Kings won after a disputed foul call on Utah's John Amaechi with 2 seconds left. Jazz fans booed loudly and threw bottles of water and other debris as the officials left the court.

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