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Triple-double boosts James, Cavs

Cleveland's LeBron James drives past Philadelphia's Chris Webber for two of his 36 points Saturday.
Cleveland's LeBron James drives past Philadelphia's Chris Webber for two of his 36 points Saturday.
Rusty Kennedy, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the season, rallying the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 123-120 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Larry Hughes scored a season-high 37 points, including five 3-pointers, and Drew Gooden added 16 for the Cavaliers, who won their seventh straight.

Allen Iverson led Philadelphia with 37 points, and Chris Webber added 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Cleveland, which trailed 111-106 with 4:57 left, went on a 13-5 run capped by a three-point play from James with 1:02.

After John Salmons scored on a driving lay up to bring the Sixers within one with 6 seconds left, Damon Jones finished the game off with two free throws. Iverson missed a 23-foot, tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

NETS 89, WIZARDS 83: At East Rutherford, N.J., Vince Carter scored 19 points and Richard Jefferson had 16 points and 13 rebounds as New Jersey won its second straight and beat Washington for the 15th time in the last 18 meetings.

Jason Kidd and Clifford Robinson had 12 points apiece, and Nenad Krstic added 11 before fouling out for the Nets.

Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Washington, which lost its third straight.

Gilbert Arenas, the NBA's third-leading scorer at 27.8 points per game, was held to 17 on 6-of-17 shooting before fouling out in the closing seconds. Brandon Haywood added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who were just 17-of-31 (54 percent) from the free-throw line.

HORNETS 98, MAGIC 95: At Orlando, Fla., David West scored a career-high 34 points and Chris Paul added 21, leading New Orleans over Orlando.

Hedo Turkoglu and Keyon Dooling had 22 points apiece for Orlando. Dwight Howard had 16 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double.

After Paul scored a fastbreak basket to put New Orleans ahead 90-86, Steve Francis made it a one-point game on a 3-pointer with 1:02 left. Paul responded with his own 3 to extend the Hornets' lead to 93-89 with 41.8 seconds to go.

After a defensive stop, West hit a pair of free throws to make it 95-91 lead with 28.6 seconds remaining. Paul also hit a two free throws down the stretch.

TIMBERWOLVES 102, BOBCATS 89: At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Olowokandi scored a season-high 18 points as Minnesota overcame a slow start and won its second straight after a two-game skid.

Wally Szczerbiak added 15 points, Troy Hudson had 13 points and Rashad McCants 11 for Minnesota.

Olowokandi, who entered the game averaging 8.6 points per game, scored 12 in the final quarter and finished with eight rebounds and four blocks.

Raymond Felton led the Bobcats, who lost their second in a row, with 15 points. Kareem Rush added 13, Emeka Okafor had 11, and Brevin Knight, Matt Carroll and Jones each had 10.

After struggling offensively through the first 2 1/2 quarters, Minnesota began to pull away midway through the third with a 10-2 run to take a 14-point lead. McCants made a layup off an impressive spin move in the lane to give Minnesota its biggest lead at 85-63 with 7:49 to play.

MAVERICKS 119, PISTONS 82: At Dallas, Josh Howard scored 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 as Dallas handed Detroit its first loss of the season.

The Pistons, the NBA's last unbeaten team, opened the season with eight wins to match the second-best start in franchise history — trailing only the 9-0 mark set in 1970-71.

Erick Dampier added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavericks, who led by 26 points in the first quarter.

SUNS 91, SPURS 97: At San Antonio, Tony Parker hit a soft runner in the lane over Steve Nash with 35 seconds to go, and San Antonio held on for a victory over Phoenix.

Parker forced Nash to take an errant shot on the next possession, then calmly hit two free throws to seal the Spurs' win.

Tim Duncan had 24 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading eight double-double, and Parker finished with 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting.

Cleveland Cavaliers to a 123-120 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.