WASHINGTON Caron Butler returned to the Washington Wizards' lineup after a 16-game injury absence to score 19 points in a 101-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Butler, whose hip injury sent the Wizards into a February slump, made six of his first eight shots.
LeBron James finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and seven turnovers.
KINGS 96, TRAIL BLAZERS 85: At Sacramento, Ron Artest scored 20 points and the Kings never trailed in defeating Portland.
SUNS 123, WARRIORS 115: At Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire had 37 points to pace the Suns.