Sports your connection to The Boston Globe

Cavaliers, James finally net first win

LeBron James finally has the one stat that was missing from his NBA resume.

James got his first win as a pro last night in Cleveland when Darius Miles and Ricky Davis scored 26 points apiece, leading the Cavaliers to a 111-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Davis scored 23 in the second half and the Cavaliers used a 13-2 burst midway through the fourth quarter to separate from the Wizards.

James had 17 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds for the young Cavaliers, who started the season 0-5 and looked listless while losing their home opener to Denver last week.

But after losing by 1 point at Indiana Friday, the Cavaliers looked like a different team, executing their halfcourt offense and playing with intensity on defense -- which had been missing in their first five games.

Timberwolves 88, Heat 79 -- Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 17 rebounds, leading visiting Minnesota past winless Miami.

Sam Cassell added 23 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, and Latrell Sprewell had 15 points for Minnesota.

Rockets 96, Magic 86 -- Steve Francis scored 31 points, Cuttino Mobley added 21, and host Houston sent Orlando to its sixth straight loss.

Juwan Howard led the Magic with 22 points, and Tyronn Lue added 18. One night after an awful performance against Minnesota, Tracy McGrady scored 14 on 5-for-21 shooting.

Mavericks 81, Spurs 78 -- Antawn Jamison scored 20 points, capped by a putback with 4.9 seconds remaining that led Dallas to victory in San Antonio.

The Spurs, who trailed for most of the game, went up, 78-77, on a corner 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen with 1:29 left.

But Steve Nash made a jumper on the next possession to put the Mavericks back on top.

Trail Blazers 90, Hawks 83 -- Zach Randolph had 29 points and nine rebounds and reserve Jeff McInnis scored 21 points, pacing host Portland past Atlanta.

Jazz 96, Grizzlies 89 -- Andrei Kirilenko had 25 points, Raul Lopez scored 10 of his 12 during a key run and Utah beat Memphis to stay undefeated at home.

Bulls 109, Hornets 106 -- Jalen Rose came off the bench for the first time in more than four years and scored 34 points, spurring visiting Chicago past New Orleans.

Bucks 90, Knicks 87 -- T.J. Ford hit a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left and Tim Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, leading host Milwaukee past New York.

last game
 Box score         Game log
Next game:
Sunday vs. Kings, 6:00 p.m.
TV: FSNE Radio: WWZN (1510)

atlantic div. standings
  W L Pct. GB
Washington 3 2 .600 --
New Jersey 3 3 .500 0.5
Philadelphia 3 3 .500 0.5
Boston 2 3 .400 1.0
New York 2 3 .400 1.0
Orlando 1 5 .167 2.5
Miami 0 5 .000 3.0
Globe Archives Today (free)
Yesterday (free)
Past 30 days
Last 12 months