LeBron James and Damon Jones took turns carrying Cleveland and scored 29 points apiece, leading the Cavaliers over the New York Knicks 102-96 for their third straight NBA victory on Monday.
Jones kept Cleveland in the game in the first half with 24 points, and made seven 3-pointers in what was easily his best game of the season. James scored 19 in the second half, and also set up baskets by Donyell Marshall and Anderson Varejao in the fourth quarter, both after New York had closed within two points.
Nate Robinson scored 19 points and nearly led the Knicks back from a 14-point deficit, but New York fell to 0-3 at Madison Square Garden this season. Jamal Crawford had 18 and Channing Frye added 17, ending his horrendous start to the season.
SuperSonics 119, Nets 113
At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Luke Ridnour scored a career-high 32 points and Seattle opened a 28-point, first-half lead and then held off a late New Jersey rally.
Rashard Lewis added 27 points, Ray Allen and Chris Wilcox had 22 apiece for the SuperSonics who saw the Nets get within five points in the final 1:39 before Ridnour sealed the game with four free throws.
Vince Carter had a season-high 38 points, Nenad Krstic added 21 and Jason Kidd had 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds.
Magic 92, Celtics 89
At Boston, Jameer Nelson scored 24 points and Grant Hill added 18 to lead Orlando over Boston.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, who have won four of five after starting the season 1-2.
After the Magic squandered an 11-point third-quarter lead, Hill's driving layup with 1:30 remaining made the score 85-84 and gave Orlando the lead for good.
Following a Delonte West miss, Trevor Ariza made one free throw and Nelson scored on a layup to make it a two-possession game.
Nelson then followed a Paul Pierce basket with a 22-footer with 12 seconds remaining to seal the game.