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Zydrunas Ilgauskas made the game-winner. LeBron James made it possible.

One game after scoring a career-high 43 points, James had a mere 20 but also added eight assists and a last-second blocked shot to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics, 98-96.

"This is my game," said James, who drew a double-team and fed Ilgauskas for the go-ahead jumper with 20 seconds left. "I'm not going to force a shot. If I have the ball at the end of the game, I can make a play, and I don't have to shoot."

Drew Gooden had 27 points and Ilgauskas had 26 with eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won for the eighth time in nine games. Paul Pierce had 25 and Gary Payton scored 14 with 10 assists for Boston.

Around the rim

Richard Hamilton caught an inbounds pass under the basket and banked in a short shot with 1.3 seconds left, giving the Pistons a 78-77 win over Miami as the Heat lost for the first time in nine games against Eastern Conference opponents. Udonis Haslem, who made a go-ahead basket with 7.3 seconds to go, missed a long, fadeaway jumper at the buzzer.

Marquis Daniels had a block, a steal and three straight assists in a just over a two-minute span in the fourth quarter, helping the Mavericks end a three-game losing streak with a 92-83 triumph over the Trail Blazers. Daniels finished with 15 points and five assists and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Lionel Hollins lost his debut as interim coach of the Grizzlies, with Kevin Garnett getting 26 points and 15 rebounds and Latrell Sprewell adding 22 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 115-90 victory. Mike Miller scored 19 points for Memphis, which was playing its first game following the sudden resignation of Hubie Brown.

Steve Francis scored 29 points and No. 1 draft pick Dwight Howard added a career-high 24 in his homecoming as the Magic defeated the Hawks, 117-99. Howard, who grew up in Atlanta, had several hundred fans sitting in club level seats as he pulled down nine rebounds in a team-high 42 minutes.

Fred Jones scored eight of his 23 points in the final 2:30 to rally the Pacers from a six-point deficit in an 82-77 win over the Bobcats.

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