NBA: Cleveland 90, Washington 89

Feb. 22, 2008 at 11:47 PM
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CLEVELAND, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- LeBron James finished off a big game by making two free throws with eight seconds left Friday, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 90-89 win over Washington.

James narrowly missed his third straight triple-double, scoring 33 points with 15 rebounds and eight assists.

The Cavaliers had only eight players available, thanks to a huge trade in which they turned over almost half their active roster. Cleveland dealt away six players in a three-team affair and acquired four -- none of whom were active for Friday's game.

Damon Jones added 27 for the Cavaliers and Devin Brown had 10. Washington, which has dropped 10 of 11, was led by Darius Songaila with 19 points.

DeShawn Stevenson gave Washington an 89-88 lead with 61 seconds left and nobody could score again until James was the beneficiary of a questionable blocking foul called on Brendan Haywood.

After James hit his two free throws, Stevenson tried to win it for Washington but his floater over the outstretched hand of Zydrunas Ilgauskas hopped off the top of the backboard and then hit the rim before bouncing away.

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