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NBA: Ford injured as Raptors seal win

HAWKS TAMED T.J. Ford was taken to hospital after a nasty fall in Atlanta, while in Cleveland LeBron James came off the bench to score 17 points in 22 minutes


Toronto Raptors point guard T.J. Ford was taken off the court on a stretcher following a scary fall late in the 100-88 NBA victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

Ford, who missed the 2004-2005 season with Milwaukee following neck surgery, stole the ball and was headed toward a breakaway basket when Atlanta rookie Al Horford hit his face with his hand. Ford landed hard on his back, his head bouncing off the floor.

Raptors spokesman Jim LaBumbard confirmed Ford "had feeling in his upper and lower extremities when he was taken off the floor."

Ford, who scored 26 points before the fall, was taken to Piedmont Hospital.

Toronto led 69-68 entering the final quarter and stretched the lead to 82-71 before Marvin Williams, who had 23 points, finally ended Atlanta's field goal drought with 7 minutes, 30 seconds left.

Cavaliers 118, Pacers 105

In Cleveland, Ohio, LeBron James returned as a reserve and Cleveland snapped a six-game losing streak.

James, the NBA's leading scorer, had missed the previous five games with what the Cavs have described as a sprained left index finger. Wearing a padded, protective glove on his hand, James scored 17 points in 22 minutes.

The Cavs set season highs in points and field goal percentage (55).

Larry Hughes also came off the bench and scored a season-high 36 points -- in just 26 minutes. It was his second game back after missing 11 with a bruised leg.

Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points and Jermaine O'Neal had 18 for Indiana.

Wizards 102, Timberwolves 88

In Washington, Antawn Jamison had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Caron Butler added 20 points and 10 rebounds as Washington overcame a career-high 36 points from Craig Smith.

Brendan Haywood had 11 points and 14 rebounds and reserve guard Roger Mason scored 17 points for the Wizards.

Washington were up 66-46 after a 10-0 run to begin the third quarter. Minnesota got within 85-79 with 8 minutes, 30 seconds left, but the Wizards responded with a 7-0 run.

Clippers 91, Nets 82

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Chris Kaman and Tim Thomas both scored 18 points to lead Los Angeles to their first win in New Jersey in nearly 10 years. New Jersey lost for the eighth time in their last nine home games.

Richard Jefferson led New Jersey with 21 points but was six-for-21 from the field. New Jersey shot 32 percent (26-for-81), including five-for-25 in the fourth quarter.

The Clippers' last win at New Jersey came in January 1998, a span of eight games.

Dan Dickau's three-pointer gave Los Angeles a 76-68 lead with 8 minutes left in the game and the Nets did not get closer than five points after that.

Pistons 113, Grizzlies 103

In Memphis, Tennessee, Chauncey Billups had 28 points and 14 assists, while Richard Hamilton scored 27 points for Detroit.

Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points and Jason Maxiell finished with 15 points, missing only one of eight shots from the field as the Pistons won their seventh game in the last eight.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 20 points, 16 in the second half, while Pau Gasol and Kyle Lowry both had 18 points.

The Grizzlies, who lost a season-high fifth straight, got little from their starting guards as Mike Miller and Damon Stoudamire combined for eight points, with both going one-of-four from the field.

Other NBA results from Tuesday's games:

* Bulls 123, SuperSonics 96

* Trail Blazers 97, Jazz 89

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