Above The Rim: Half a Hundred.

Cavs 132, Grizzlies 124 – 25 of King James’ 51 came in the 4th quarter and the overtime period against Memphis, a team whom even the Cavs shouldn’t have too much trouble with normally.  Rudy Gay had 30 and Juan Carlos Navarro 26 in the losing effort, watching James go 18-for-28 overall.

Clippers 97, Suns 90 – The other tenants in the Staples Center surf with the aging alien: Sam Cassell is still capable of amazing games long after his prime, throwing in 32 points to help the Clips get their second win in 12 games against a Phoenix team where the defensive flaws are becoming more apparent earlier in the season. Corey Maggette had 21; Amare Stoudemire had 29 and Steve Nash 14 and 13 assists in the loss.

Hawks 104, Nuggets 93 – Distracted possibly by Nene’s surgery and being beaten by a team on the rise. Allen Iverson and J.R. Smith got themselves ejected trying to come back on Atlanta late. The problem for Denver, much more than their defensive issues: Carmelo Anthony scored 36, Iverson 27, and Smith 21. Only two other players scored.

Pistons 103, Raptors 89 – That’s a way to get back on track, I suppose. Rip Hamilton goes for 39 after putting up very little against the Knicks in his previous game.  The defense holding Chris Bosh to 16 helped.

Photo: AP/Nikki Boertmann

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