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Cavs hang on to win in Chicago

Associated Press
Published March 3, 2006


CHICAGO - LeBron James had the ball. Ronald Murray had the open look.

So James passed to his teammate, and Murray responded by making a 3-pointer from the right side with 3.9 seconds remaining to lift the Cavaliers to a 92-91 win over the Bulls on Thursday.

The Cavs then held their breath as Andres Nocioni missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. With that, Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak after blowing a 25-point lead.

Murray, acquired from Seattle at the trade deadline, scored 11 of his 13 in the fourth quarter.

The winning shot came after Kirk Hinrich made a free throw to give Chicago a 91-89 lead with 11 seconds left. With James driving, Nocioni left Murray open.

"My man came off me to slide over on LeBron," Murray said. "He left me wide open. The look I had felt good, and the shot felt good."

Down 10, Chicago scored 11 straight midway through the fourth quarter, tying it at 81 on Hinrich's 3 and taking the lead on Gordon's free throw with 3:01 left.

Drew Gooden sat with flu-like symptoms.

SPURS 98, MAVERICKS 89: Michael Finley scored 11 of his 15 in the fourth quarter against his former team, and host San Antonio won the matchup of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Wade accepts USA invite

Heat guard Dwyane Wade accepted an invitation to try out for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Championships and the 2008 Olympics.

USA basketball director Jerry Colangelo is expected to reveal the 25-man roster Sunday, but several players, including Washington teammates Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison and Toronto's Chris Bosh, said they expect to get invitations.

Detroit's Chauncey Billups said he will be joining Team USA, but not for the World Championships. His wife is due to give birth this summer, and Billups said he has been granted an exemption.