Cavaliers 96, Nets 91


CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James scored 19 points and added a season-high 13 rebounds, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers cap their most successful week in nearly 14 years with a 96-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night.

By beating San Antonio, Boston, Milwaukee and New Jersey since Tuesday, the Cavaliers have won four games in five nights for the first time since Feb. 2-6, 1993. It’s just the streak they were looking for before departing on a seven-game, two-week road trip.

Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden scored 21 points apiece and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 as the Cavaliers improved to 15-3 at home this season – and 26-3 since March 5 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Vince Carter and Mikki Moore had 18 points apiece and Richard Jefferson 17 for the Nets, who pulled within 93-91 on Jefferson’s 3-pointer with 17 seconds left.

Gooden gave the Nets a chance to tie it by missing one of two free throws with 9.3 seconds to go. However, Carter misfired on a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining and Gooden sealed Cleveland’s seventh win in eight games by hitting a pair of free throws in the final second.

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