CLEVELAND – LeBron James reminded Larry Hughes why he came to Cleveland in the first place.

James scored a season-high 37 points and Hughes added 22 in his first game against his former team as the Cleveland Cavaliers roughed up the Washington Wizards 114-99 on Tuesday night.

James, who helped recruit Hughes as a free agent during the offseason, scored just two points in the first quarter but followed with 14 in the second, 14 in the third and seven in the fourth before leaving with 2:32 left.

The Cavaliers won their fifth straight, and are 4-0 at home, winning by an average of 21 points at Quicken Loans Arena.

Hughes was only 6-of-18 from the field, but he added eight assists and made two 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the final 5:03 to thwart a Wizards rally. Donyell Marshall added 16 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas 12 for the Cavs.

Magic 85, Bobcats 77

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dwight Howard had 21 points and 20 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat Charlotte 85-77 Tuesday night to hand the Bobcats their fifth straight loss.

Howard and Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor were the top two picks in the 2004 draft, and Orlando’s No. 1 choice looked like the better selection on this night.

Okafor got into early foul trouble and had just eight points – all in the fourth quarter – and six rebounds. He entered the game averaging 13 points and nine rebounds.

Keith Bogans led Charlotte with a season-high 18 points off the bench, while Sean May added 15 points and 10 rebounds. No Bobcats starter scored in double figures.

May’s performance made Orlando’s 2005 draft look pretty bad. The Magic considered taking the North Carolina standout, but opted instead for Spain’s Fran Vazquez, who stunned the team by deciding to stay in Europe.

Nets 109, SuperSonics 99

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 25 points and New Jersey held Ray Allen without a field goal for three quarters as the Nets defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 109-99 Tuesday night.

Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson added 19 points for New Jersey, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Scott Padgett scored a season-high 13 points off the bench for the Nets.

Rashard Lewis had 29 points for Seattle, which was playing its fifth game of a six-game road trip that concludes Wednesday night in Boston. The SuperSonics lost the first three games by a total of 93 points before winning at Toronto Sunday.

Allen finished with 19 points but had only 10 field goal attempts, making four.

Trailing 79-70 to begin the fourth quarter, Seattle closed to 87-86 on a fadeaway by Allen, who entered the game tied for 10th in the NBA in scoring at 23.7 points per game. But the Nets pushed the score back to 99-90, aided by six points from Carter and a steal and layup by Jason Kidd, who finished with 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting.

76ers 104, Raptors 92

PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson scored 34 points and added 12 assists, Chris Webber had 28 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game, 104-92 over the winless Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Since losing their first three games, the streaking Sixers have been perfect. They won all four games on their longest homestand of the year and get the downtrodden Raptors again Wednesday night in Toronto.

Iverson and Webber again led the way for the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers and the dynamic duo broke the game open in the first quarter. Webber made all six baskets and scored 14 points, Iverson went 5-for-6 for 13 points and the Sixers shot 77 percent overall as they raced to a 19-point lead.

And they needed all those points because Charlie Villanueva led Toronto’s improbable rally in the fourth quarter.

Heat 109, Hornets 102, OT

MIAMI – Dwyane Wade scored Miami’s final eight points in the fourth quarter, and James Posey and Gary Payton each hit a key 3-pointer in overtime to help the Heat rally past the New Orleans Hornets 109-102 on Tuesday night.

Wade finished with 25 points and 10 assists, but it was his play down the stretch during regulation that gave the Heat a chance to win their third straight game without center Shaquille O’Neal.

Rockets 94, Wolves 89

MINNEAPOLIS – Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and made three consecutive clutch plays down the stretch to lead the Houston Rockets to a 94-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

McGrady, who went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and had 13 points in the fourth quarter. He hit a long jumper over Trenton Hassell with 2:35 remaining to put Houston up for good, 85-84, after trailing most of the night.

After Wally Szczerbiak missed a shot on the other end, McGrady zipped a pretty pass from the top of the key to give Rafer Alston – who had beaten Troy Hudson on a backdoor cut – an easy layup with 2:04 left.

Then Hassell’s risky crosscourt pass was stolen by McGrady on the following possession to seal a much-needed victory for the Rockets.

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