Cleveland: Out of timeouts, LeBron James had no choice but to hurry up the floor. With the clock ticking down,James tried to dribble behind his back and had the ball – and game – bounce away. The San Antonio Spurs stopped him again. Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 19 points apiece and the defending NBA champions beat Cleveland for the 10th straight time with a 92-90 win over James and the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Manu Ginobili scored on a layup with 18 seconds left, made a free throw with 9.1 to go and harassed James into his costly turnover with 1.9 seconds remaining. It was the first meeting between San Antonio and James since last June, when the Spurs overpowered the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Anderson Varejao scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving added 20 and James had 15 for the Cavs, who fell to 5-5 and aren’t rolling the way most predicted. James was just 6 of 17 from the field, Kevin Love went 4 of 12 and Cleveland’s bench contributed 17 points.
After Ginobili missed his free throw, James charged forward with both Duncan and Ginobili blocking his way. As the crowd roared, James appeared to be headed toward a game-tying or winning basket, but it didn’t go the way he planned.
Not much has so far in his homecoming season.Cleveland hasn’t beaten San Antonio since March 8, 2010, during James’ first stint with the Cavs.
Hill’s tip-in at buzzer lifts Pacers to win
Indianapolis: Solomon Hill saw Rodney Stuckey with the ball and knew where he had to be.Hill got to the right spot and tipped in Stuckey’s shot with 0.7 seconds remaining, giving the Indiana Pacers an 88-86 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.
With 3 seconds remaining Stuckey’s 17-foot jumper was tipped by former Pacer Lance Stephenson and the ball sailed to the left of the rim. Hill came from underneath Indiana’s basket and tipped the ball in.
Hill finished with six points. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Luis Scola had 15 points and seven rebounds. Donald Sloan added 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists while Stuckey scored 11 points off the bench for the Pacers.
Indiana was leading 17-10 in the first quarter when the Hornets went on a 28-8 run over an eight-minute span. But Indiana closed the deficit to six points at halftime, trailing 49-43.
Indiana trailed by one heading into the fourth quarter. The Pacers stayed ahead of Charlotte by two or four points for most of the fourth quarter until the Hornets tied it with under a minute left.
Bryant leads Lakers to 98-92 win over Rockets
Houston: Kobe Bryant has been insisting the Los Angeles Lakers are a much better team than their terrible start indicated.For the past two nights, the Lakers have shown he might be right.
Bryant had 29 points, Wesley Johnson made key free throws down the stretch and the Lakers took advantage of Dwight Howard’s absence Wednesday in a 98-92 victory over the Houston Rockets. It was the second consecutive win for the Lakers following a 1-9 start.
Los Angeles used a 7-1 run, highlighted by Bryant’s three-point play and capped by four free throws from Johnson, to take a 94-92 lead with less than a minute left. Nick Young and Bryant added two free throws apiece to secure the victory. Young scored 16 points in his second game back from a right thumb injury. He had 17 in his season debut Tuesday night, causing him to jokingly wonder if he was what the Lakers had been missing this season. Bryant didn’t argue with that theory.
James Harden had 24 points for the Rockets, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season. Los Angeles took its first lead since the second quarter when Young capped an 8-0 run with a nifty reverse layup to make it 82-81 midway through the fourth. Houston missed three 3-pointers and had a turnover during that stretch.
The Rockets outscored Los Angeles 8-2 after that to regain an 89-84 lead. The Lakers used a 9-0 run at the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth to cut Houston’s lead to 75-74. Ed Davis led the way with four points.Kostas Papanikolaou had a season-high 19 points for Houston. Beverley added 15.