PHILADELPHIA – LeBron James had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the season, rallying the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 123-120 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Larry Hughes scored a season-high 37 points, including eight 3-pointers, and Drew Gooden added 16 for the Cavaliers, who won their seventh straight.

Allen Iverson led Philadelphia with 37 points, and Chris Webber added 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Cleveland, which trailed 111-106 with 4:57 left, went on a 13-5 run capped by a three-point play from James with 1:02 remaining to take a 117-116 lead.

Iverson missed a tough 14-foot jumper with 44 seconds left and James, who had his fifth career triple-double, added another score. Iverson made two free throws, but Cleveland’s Damon Jones answered with two of his own with 17 seconds left.

The Sixers’ John Salmons scored on a driving lay up 11 seconds later, but Jones finished the game off with two free throws. Iverson missed a 23-foot, tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Andre Iguodala had 17 points and Kyle Korver added 13 for Philadelphia, which lost its second straight after a six-game winning streak.

Timberwolves 102, Bobcats 89

MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Olowokandi scored a season-high 18 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a slow start and beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-89 Saturday night.

Wally Szczerbiak added 15 points for Minnesota, which won its second straight game after losing two in a row. Troy Hudson had 13 points and Rashad McCants 11.

Olowokandi, who entered the game averaging 8.6 points per game, scored 12 in the final quarter and finished with eight rebounds and four blocks.

After struggling offensively through the first 21/2 quarters, Minnesota began to pull away midway through the third with a 10-2 run to take a 14-point lead. The Bobcats hung tough thanks to some key baskets by Kareem Rush and Jumaine Jones.

Hornets 98, Magic 95

ORLANDO, Fla. – David West scored a career-high 34 points and Chris Paul added 21, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 98-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

New Orleans won despite missing center P.J. Brown and guards J.R. Smith and Speedy Claxton. Brown, attending his mother-in-law’s funeral, missed his second consecutive game.

Smith missed his fourth straight game due to a sprained left ankle, and Claxton sat out his second in a row with a sprained right ankle.

Hedo Turkoglu and Keyon Dooling had 22 points apiece for Orlando.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double.

After Paul scored a fastbreak basket to put New Orleans ahead 90-86, Steve Francis made it a one-point game on a 3-pointer with 1:02 left. Paul responded with his own 3 to extend the Hornets’ lead to 93-89 with 41.8 seconds to go.

Nets 89, Wizards 83

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Vince Carter scored 19 points and Richard Jefferson had 16 points and 13 rebounds, leading the New Jersey Nets to an 89-83 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Jason Kidd and Clifford Robinson had 12 points, and Nenad Krstic added 11 before fouling out for the Nets (5-4), who won their second straight and beat the Wizards for the 15th time in the last 18 meetings.

Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Washington (5-4), which lost its third straight.

Gilbert Arenas, the NBA’s third-leading scorer at 27.8 points per game, was held to 17 on 6-of-17 shooting before fouling out in the closing seconds. Brandon Haywood added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who were just 17-of-31 (54 percent) from the free-throw line.

Leading by seven at halftime, the Nets increased the lead to 65-55 on a free throw by Clifford Robinson with about 21/2 minutes left in the third.

However, Arenas, held to just nine points in the first three periods, scored six points in the Wizards’ 8-0 Wizard run to start the fourth quarter that cut New Jersey’s lead to 69-68 with 9:35 remaining. Robinson connected on two straight corner jumpers, pushing the lead back to 75-70 with 7:10 left.

Caron Butler’s jumper cut Washington’s deficit to 83-80 with 1:45 remaining, but Carter made two free throws 13 seconds later and Kidd had four in the final 18 seconds to seal the Nets’ win.

Jamison was the main cog in the first quarter for the Wizards, scoring 12 points and collecting five rebounds in the first 12 minutes, helping his team to a 27-19 lead after one period. The Nets went on a 15-1 run during a span of 4:23 in the second quarter to take control.

After Jefferson scored on consecutive dunks to start the run, Arenas made one free throw for the Wizards before the Nets scored 11 straight points. Carter capped the spurt with a breakaway layup and a high-flying dunk to give the Nets a 36-30 lead with 5:35 remaining.

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