Cavs recover at home

James scores 38 in rout of Spurs

The Associated PressApril 6, 2009 

Back to basics. Back to winning. The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't need long to remember what's made them so good.

Locked into attack mode from the start, LeBron James scored 38 points -- 18 in the first quarter -- and Mo Williams and Delonte West added 22 apiece Sunday as the NBA's best home team avoided its first three-game losing streak by beating the San Antonio Spurs 101-81.

Embarrassed in a 29-point loss Friday in Orlando, which came one day after a humiliating loss at lowly Washington, Cleveland played with purpose and improved to 37-1 at home.

If they can win their final three home games, the Cavs will match the 1985-86 Boston Celtics (40-1) for the best home record in NBA history. Home-court advantage in the playoffs is huge for Cleveland, which is 0-2 at Boston and Orlando this season.

Tony Parker scored 24 but got no help from Manu Ginobili (four points) or Tim Duncan, who had six points in 27 minutes and didn't score after the 2:56 mark of the first quarter. Duncan quickly left the arena without speaking to reporters.

ALSO SUNDAY

MAVERICKS 140, SUNS 116: Jason Kidd had 19 points, a season-high 20 assists and a major career milestone -- all in just three quarters -- sending Dallas over visiting Phoenix and reducing the Mavercisks' magic number for clinching a playoff berth to one.

Kidd's 14th assist gave him 10,142 for his career, passing Magic Johnson for No. 3 on the NBA's career list.

PISTONS 104, BOBCATS 97: Will Bynum scored a franchise-record 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead host Detroit past Charlotte, putting the Pistons a step closer to locking up the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

D.J. Augustin led Charlotte with 22 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.

KNICKS 112, RAPTORS 103: Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, David Lee added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and visiting New York eliminated Toronto from playoffs consideration.

JAZZ 108, HORNETS 94: Ronnie Brewer scored 23 points, and Utah completed a convincing season sweep of host New Orleans earned its first road victory against a winning team in the Western Conference.

NUGGETS 110, TIMBERWOLVES 87: Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, and Denver easily won its seventh in a row, beating host Minnesota, which was missing four of its top six scorers.

ROCKETS 102, TRAIL BLAZERS 88: Yao Ming had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Houston, hours after Portland got its first playoff berth since 2003 when Dallas beat Phoenix.

NETS 96, 76ERS 67: Vince Carter scored 15 points, and New Jersey kept its playoff hopes alive by handing Philadelphia its worst loss of the season.

PACERS 117, THUNDER 99: Danny Granger scored 24 points, Troy Murphy added 22 points and nine rebounds, and Indiana kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a win at Oklahoma City.

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