The New Jersey Nets didn't have an answer for LeBron James in the fourth quarter, and now they won't have to answer any more questions about their NBA-best winning streak.
James scored 18 of his 37 points in the final 12 minutes yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J., to lead Cleveland to a 108-102 victory, ending New Jersey's 14-game winning streak and leaving the Nets one win shy of a franchise record.
The Cavaliers ensured their 10th win in their last 11 games by scoring 12 of the game's final 13 points after New Jersey took a 101-96 lead.
The tying points came on a vintage James move as he drove the lane on a fast break with two players hacking at his arms yet somehow managed to spin the ball off the glass. The 3-point play tied the game at 101 with 50 seconds left.
''By far, this is our biggest win of the year, especially the way we played down the stretch," James said. ''We won a big game on the road. It was all about stops and making plays down the stretch. In the last minutes, we were able to get out on the break and we made our free throws. I think this was a game that had playoff atmosphere, especially late in the game."
76ers 89, Bulls 75-- Allen Iverson scored 39 points and visiting Philadelphia moved into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
That snapped the Sixers' three-game losing streak. It also gave them a four-game split with Chicago and the tiebreaker because Philadelphia has a better division record.
The Sixers perhaps saved their season just a few days after losing a home game to the Bulls. And they did so without Chris Webber, a late scratch with a lower back strain.
Heat 99, Wizards 86 -- Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Derek Anderson compensated for Dwyane Wade's foul trouble with five 3-pointers to lead visiting Miami.
The Heat trailed by 12 in the first quarter, but from then on there was no stopping O'Neal and Anderson.
Jazz 110, Trail Blazers 93 -- Andrei Kirilenko scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help host Utah keep its playoff hopes alive.
Utah moved within 2 1/2 games of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, who are tied for the final two spots in the Western Conference.
Mavericks 101, Hornets 77 -- Host Dallas followed its victory over San Antonio by beating New Orleans to draw within a half-game of the Spurs in the Western Conference.
Nuggets 95, Warriors 92 -- Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and host Denver clinched at least a tie for its first division title in 18 years.