Wallace sparks Bobcats' victory

The Associated PressNovember 28, 2009 

Gerald Wallace had 31 points and 14 rebounds while outplaying LeBron James, and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked disjointed in Shaquille O'Neal's return from injury in a 94-87 loss to the host Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

The surprising Bobcats won their third straight game following a seven-game losing streak behind Wallace, who beat James in numerous 1-on-1 matchups in the post. Wallace topped 30 points for the second straight game, while James scored 25.

Also Friday

Wizards 94, Heat 84: Antawn Jamison scored 24 points to reach 16,000 for his career, and Washington beat host Miami for the first time in seven tries.

Hawks 100, 76ers 86: Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Mike Bibby had 21, and Atlanta snapped a two-game losing streak and handed Philadelphia its fifth straight loss.

Celtics 116, Raptors 103: Ray Allen scored 20 points, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins had 18 apiece, and Rasheed Wallace got 15 for host Boston.

Clippers 104, Pistons 96: Chris Kaman scored 26 points, and Baron Davis added 25 to help visiting Los Angeles top Detroit.

Mavericks 113, Pacers 92: Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points as Dallas won ts fifth straight road game and gave coach Rick Carlisle a win over his former team.

Spurs 92, Rockets 84: Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess recorded double-doubles, Tony Parker had 19 points and seven assists, and San Antonio earned its first road win of the season.

Late Thursday

Jazz 105, Bulls 86: Carlos Boozer scored 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting and had eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the host Jazz.

Magic 93, Hawks 76: Dwight Howard had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Vince Carter added 21 points as visiting Orlando beat Atlanta.

Notes

Nelson still ailing: Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson will miss three more games while recovering from a bout with pneumonia. Nelson already missed two games because of the illness.

Brown says Iverson should play: Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown said he thinks Allen Iverson "still has a passion to play" and shouldn't retire. Brown coached Iverson in Philadelphia when he was voted league MVP in 2001.

Pollin funeral: Abe Pollin, the NBA's longest-tenured owner, was remembered in a funeral service at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. The owner of the Washington Wizards died Tuesday at age 85.

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