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LeBron James scored 21 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Boston Celtics 96-91 in a preseason game at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night in Uncasville, Conn.

Cleveland led 94-91 when guard Eric Snow missed two free throws with 18 seconds left. Former Jazz guard Aleksandar Pavlovic grabbed a key offensive rebound for the Cavaliers and made two free throws with 16.1 seconds left to seal it.

Jeff McInnis scored 16 for Cleveland, while Drew Gooden scored 14. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Jiri Welsch scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who lost their fifth straight preseason game and second in as many nights.

Boston used a 14-4 run over the first six minutes of the third period to take a 62-52 lead with 7:14 remaining. Gary Payton scored six of his nine points in that span and assisted on Mark Blount's dunk. Payton finished with nine assists.

McInnis's layup with seven seconds left in the third period capped a late run by the Cavaliers, and pulled Cleveland within 73-71 entering the fourth.

James' three-point play with 8:45 remaining gave Cleveland an 84-77 lead. His dunk three minutes later gave the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the second half, 88-80.

Ricky Davis scored 18 for the Celtics, Blount had 17 and Raef LaFrentz added 10.

Cleveland led 50-48 at halftime.

PACERS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 104: At Bismarck, N.D., Ron Artest and James Jones scored 16 points each, and Indiana held on for a win.

Trailing 103-95 with 2:09 remaining, Minnesota chipped away behind rookie Blake Stepp, who scored eight of his 10 points in the last 90 seconds.

The Pacers improved to 4-0 in the preseason and have beaten the Timberwolves (3-3) twice.

SPURS 91, SUPERSONICS 82: At San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 21 points to help San Antonio beat Seattle, the Spurs' first victory in four exhibition games this season.

Spurs rookie Beno Udrih, making his first start, had seven points and six assists.

Brent Barry, a former Seattle player signed by the Spurs in the offseason, had seven points and three assists in his first game against his former team.

Rookie Damien Wilkins led the SuperSonics (1-4) with 17 points, Antonio Daniels added 16 and Ray Allen had 14.

GRIZZLIES 104, HAWKS 72: At Memphis, Tenn., Pau Gasol scored 17 points and Bonzi Wells had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help Memphis rout Atlanta.

Memphis (5-1) never trailed and had a 34-point lead at 97-63 with 5:56 left.

Jason Williams added 12 points and eight assists for Memphis. Stromile Swift also had 12 points and Lorenzen Wright had 10.

Antoine Walker led the Hawks (1-5) with 20 points, Boris Diaw added 13 and Jason Collier had 10. Atlanta shot 33 percent from the field, and was outscored 60-26 in the paint and 26-9 in fast-break points.

RAPTORS 91, BULLS 89: At Chicago, Roger Mason Jr. hit the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds left and Vince Carter scored 15 points to lead Toronto.

Eddy Curry had 18 points to lead Chicago and Jannero Pargo added 15, all in the fourth quarter.

Mason hit an 18-foot jumper to put the Raptors in front 88-86, then extended the lead to 90-86 with a pair of free throws with 21.3 seconds left.

Pargo cut the Toronto lead to 90-89 with a 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds left. The Bulls then fouled Morris Peterson, who made one of two free throws. Gordon had a chance to tie the game, but missed a jumper as time expired.

Mason finished with 12 points and Jalen Rose added 13 for Toronto.

76ERS 86, NETS 81: At Philadelphia, Allen Iverson scored 27 points and Willie Green added 15 to lead Philadelphia.

The Sixers, playing at home for the first time after five road games, got 12 points from Green and Iverson in the final 3:50 to key the deciding run and provide a glimpse of how good their reconfigured backcourt could be.

Green is the likely starter at shooting guard, but Josh Davis, last season's CBA MVP, got the nod against the Nets, while Iverson slides to the point to fill the spot vacated by Eric Snow.

The duo had the bulk of the playing time in the fourth quarter, and Iverson gave the Sixers a 77-76 lead on a jumper from the top of the key. Iverson converted a loose ball pickup into an off-balance layup for a 79-76 lead and Green added a couple of long jumpers.

Iverson missed six of his 11 shots through three quarters before going 4-for-5 with a 3-pointer in the fourth.

MAGIC 95, ROCKETS 72: At Orlando, Fla., Steve Francis scored 17 points against his former club, leading Orlando in a preseason game between teams that pulled off one of the offseason's biggest trades.

Houston played without Tracy McGrady, the centerpiece of the seven-player swap. He and Juwan Howard, also traded, sat because coach Jeff Van Gundy wanted to rest them and look at other players.

The crowd booed McGrady the two times he was shown on the arena's video board. One sign mockingly welcomed back "McGray" — no D.

The ill will is mutual. Earlier Saturday, McGrady accused Orlando general manager John Weisbrod of trashing his character to shield himself from criticism after the Magic's 61-loss season.