Sessions leads Cavs past Clippers

The Clippers' Blake Griffin goes up for a shot against the Cavs' Semih Erden in the first quarter of Wednesday's game.
The Clippers' Blake Griffin goes up for a shot against the Cavs' Semih Erden in the first quarter of Wednesday's game. (MARK DUNCAN / Associated Press)
Posted: February 09, 2012

Ramon Sessions scored a season-high 24 points as a last-minute replacement for injured rookie Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison scored 27, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-92 win over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

Sessions didn't know he was starting until moments before the game when Irving was found to have a concussion. Sessions added 13 assists in his first start this season.

Blake Griffin scored 25 before fouling out with 6.6 seconds left for the Clippers, who tied it at 87 with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left after trailing by 15 in the third quarter.

Bulls 90, Hornets 67

Carlos Boozer scored 18 points and the Chicago Bulls won their fourth straight game while nearly holding host New Orleans to a franchise low in points during the rout.

Joakim Noah had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Taj Gibson scored 14 and Kyle Korver 12.

Star guard Derrick Rose started only two days after leaving Chicago's previous game with back spams. He played 22 minutes and finished with six points, six assists, and five rebounds.

Magic 102, Heat 89

Dwight Howard had 25 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 27 points, and the Orlando Magic hit 17 three-pointers in the victory at home over the Miami Heat.

Anderson had five threes and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Orlando.

Knicks 107, Wizards 93

Jeremy Lin had 23 points and a career-high 10 assists, and Tyson Chandler scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to their third straight win, over host Washington.

Chandler, a 10-year NBA veteran, finished two points short of his career high, but it was again Lin's night. After his two breakout games of 25 points, Lin was 9 for 14 from the field.

Knicks stars sidelined

The Knicks will be without Amar'e Stoudemire for two more games as he mourns the loss of his older brother, Hazell.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said Stoudemire, who was in Florida with his family, would rejoin the Knicks for practice Monday. Hazell Stoudemire was killed in a car wreck in Florida.

Carmelo Anthony also will miss at least the next two games. He's out one to two weeks after straining his right groin in Monday's win over Utah.

- Inquirer wire services

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