LeBron Owns Fourth Quarter in Cavs Victory

Elsewhere, Spurs edge out Clippers while Mavs put down Timberwolves
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2008 8:19 PM CST
Los Angeles Clippers' Corey Maggette (50) and Sam Cassell (19) battle San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan for a rebound in the second half of a basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in Los Angeles. The Spurs...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Toronto held a 13-point lead entering the final quarter then helplessly watched LeBron James take over in what turned out to be a 93-90 Cavs win last night. James scored 35 points while the balanced Raptors had four players with at least 16. Describing his 24-point late-game explosion, James said "the hoop felt like the ocean." In other action:

  • Manu Ginobili, returning after a five-game absence, scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the defending champion Spurs topped the Clippers, 88-82.
  • Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points and Josh Howard had 22 points, eight rebounds as Dallas easily defeated Minnesota 101-78. "It's embarrassing, you know," said one Wolves player of his team's 4-29 record.