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NBA Basketball: Cleveland Beats Jazz 102-96 in Overtime - 2004-01-18


The Cleveland Cavaliers came from behind to beat the Utah Jazz 102-96 in overtime in Saturday's National Basketball Association action.

Carlos Boozer scored 10 of his 32 points in the five-minute extra session to lift the Cavaliers on the road. Rookie star LeBron James scored 29 points before leaving the game with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Dallas rallied to triumph over Portland, beating the Trail Blazers 108-104. Michael Finley had 33 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 32 points and seven rebounds for Dallas, which won its fourth game in a row. Nowitzki led the scoring run that erased an 11-point first-half deficit and then hit a key three-point shot that gave the Mavs a six-point advantage - their biggest lead of the game.

Chinese native Yao Ming was one of six Houston players who scored in double digits, as the Rockets handed Minnesota its first loss in six games. Yao scored 22 points to lead the Rockets 95-76 over the Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons stretched their winning streak to 12 games with a 99-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Chauncey Billups scored 26 points and Richard Hamilton added 22 to lead the Pistons in Milwaukee.

In other NBA match-ups, the Los Angeles Lakers edged cross-town rivals the Clippers 91-89 without injured starts Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone. The New York Knicks came alive in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 101-96. The Memphis Grizzlies scored with less than a minute to go to slip past the Philadelphia 76ers 91-87. The Washington Wizards snapped a three game skid with a 99-84 win over the Seattle SuperSonics 99-84.

Atlanta's Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored the last three shots as the Hawks defeated the Toronto Raptors 75-70. The New Orleans Hornets held on to edge the Orlando Magic 91-90. The Indiana Pacers held off New Jersey in the second half to beat the Nets 90-84.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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