The Phoenix Suns put in another plodding, cold-shooting performance without the injured Steve Nash, extending their losing streak to five games with an 88-79 loss to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies last night.
Three reserves led the Grizzlies, who won their fourth in a row and 10th in 11 games. Bonzi Wells scored 16 points, Stromile Swift had 14, and Brian Cardinal 13 for Memphis, which set a franchise record with its fourth straight road win. Jason Williams was the only Grizzlies starter in double figures with 11 points.
With the loss, and San Antonio's victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix (31-9) no longer has the NBA's best record. The Spurs are 32-9 and play Phoenix tomorrow night.
Cavaliers 107, Trail Blazers 101 -- LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, and visiting Cleveland sent Portland to its fifth straight loss.
James is 20 years and 20 days old, younger than Lamar Odom, who was 20 years and 54 days old when he became the youngest to do it Dec. 30, 1999, while with the Los Angeles Clippers.
76ers 107, Bobcats 105 -- Allen Iverson scored 24 points and Kyle Korver and Corliss Williamson made big plays down the stretch to lead host Philadelphia.
The victory, coupled with the Knicks' loss, kept Philadelphia tied for the lead in the Atlantic Division with the Celtics.
Lakers 93, Timberwolves 90 -- Caron Butler's driving layup with 35 seconds to play put host Los Angeles ahead for good. Kevin Garnett missed a baseline jumper with 13 seconds remaining, and Jumaine Jones made two free throws three seconds later to complete the scoring. Latrell Sprewell and Troy Hudson missed 3-pointers before the buzzer sounded.
Raptors 98, Knicks 81 -- Jalen Rose scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and host Toronto won its third straight game.
Chris Bosh added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won seven of nine. Bosh set a team record with his ninth straight double-double.
Hornets 90, Pacers 87 -- Lee Nailon scored 30 points, and Dan Dickau's 17 points included a late go-ahead free throw that helped host New Orleans upset Indiana.
Heat 111, Hawks 92 -- Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade each scored 25 points, helping host Miami improve the Eastern Conference's best record to 29-11.
Nets 96, Bucks 90 -- Vince Carter scored a season-high 33 points and Jason Kidd added 17 points and 10 assists to lead host New Jersey.
Spurs 80, Clippers 79 -- Tony Parker scored 25 points, including a winning driving layup in the final seconds, to lead San Antonio over visiting Los Angeles.