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UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs trumped LeBron James once again.
Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) scored 19 points apiece as the Spurs downed the Cavaliers 92-90 in Cleveland. Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-blee) scored on a layup with 18 seconds left, made a free throw with 9.1 to go and harassed James into a turnover with 1.9 seconds remaining.
It was the first meeting between the Spurs and James since last June, when San Antonio overpowered the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
James scored just 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting.
Also in the NBA:
— DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Terrence Ross had 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to its seventh victory in eight games, 96-92 over Memphis. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who ended a four-game winning streak and fell to 10-2.
— The Philadelphia 76ers are 0-11 after Brandon Bass scored 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 22 in Boston's 101-90 win over the Sixers. Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) had 13 assists with nine points as the Celtics moved the 76ers within seven of matching the New Jersey Nets' record for longest season-opening losing streak.
— Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis scored 24 of his 34 points in the first half of the Dallas Mavericks' 105-102 win at Washington. Dirk Nowitzki limped off to the locker room in the fourth quarter before returning in time to drain a 3-pointer that put the Mavs ahead 102-97.
— Jamal Crawford had 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers opened a seven-game East Coast trip by ripping Orlando 114-90. Blake Griffin finished with 20 points and Chris Paul added 16 and nine assists for the Clippers.
— Eric Bledsoe scored 18 points, including the winning basket with 28.7 seconds left to push Phoenix past Detroit 88-86. P.J. Tucker added 16 points in the Suns' fourth victory in six games.
— Rookie Jabari Parker scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo finished with 21 and Brandon Knight added 18 as Milwaukee downed the Nets 122-118 in coach Jason Kidd's return to Brooklyn. Knight made the tying 3-pointer in the second overtime and the clinching free throws with 5.6 seconds to go in the third to send the Bucks to their third straight win.
— Indiana beat Charlotte 88-86 on Solomon Hill's buzzer-beating putback. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed by 18 before winning their second straight.
— Wilson Chandler had 21 points and Timofey Mozgov TEEM'-oh-fay MAHZ'-gahv) finished with a season-high 17 to lead the Denver Nuggets past Oklahoma City 107-100. Ty Lawson added 15 points and 15 assists in the Nuggets' third victory in four games.
— Kobe Bryant scored five of his 29 points while the Los Angeles Lakers were closing on a 12-1 run to beat the Rockets 98-92 in Houston. Nick Young and Jordan Hill each added 16 points as the Lakers won their second straight since a 1-9 start.
— Minnesota whipped New York 115-99 as Kevin Martin shook off an illness to hit seven 3-pointers and score 37 points. Martin had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the first quarter.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property last month. Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13. Commissioner Adam Silver said the suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public's confidence in it.
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA player Jason Collins has announced his retirement at age 35.
Collins made the announcement in a first-person story for Sports Illustrated, the same forum he used last year to publicly reveal his sexuality and become the first openly gay man in any of the four major North American professional leagues.
He joined the Brooklyn Nets in February and played 22 games for the team, but was not on the roster this season.