NBA commissioner David Stern won't punish Isiah Thomas or Madison Square Garden for their role in a sexual-harassment trial that embarrassed the Knicks and the league.

Stern said in a statement that the league instead would stress that all teams have "appropriate policies" that focus on "respect in the workplace, including the prohibition of sexual harassment."

On Monday, Thomas and MSG settled the case brought by former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders for $11.5 million. A jury awarded her $11.6 million in punitive damages in October - a trial Stern wanted the Knicks to avoid, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press.

Noteworthy

* Lawyers defending Jayson Williams in his manslaughter retrial are seeking details about a racial slur made by a prosecution investigator against the black former NBA star. Williams was convicted in 2004 of attempting to cover up the 2002 slaying of a hired driver.

* Toronto forward Jorge Garbajosa underwent surgery on his left leg and will be off it for at least 10 weeks.

In last night's games:

* At Oakland, Baron Davis had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists and the Golden State Warriors took advantage of Tim Duncan (ankle) sitting out another game and defeated San Antonio, 96-84.

* At Atlanta, T.J. Ford scored 26 points before he was sent crashing to the floor with an apparent injury on a flagrant foul late in the game, casting a pall over Toronto's 100-88 victory.

* At Cleveland, LeBron James scored 17 points in his return from a finger injury as the Cavaliers defeated Indiana, 118-105.

* At Memphis, Chauncey Billups had 28 points and 14 assists to lead Detroit, 113-103.

* At Salt Lake City, Martell Webster scored 25 points and Portland beat Utah, 97-89.

* At Washington, Antawn Jamison had 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards beat Minnesota, 102-88.

* At Chicago, Ben Gordon's 27 points led the Bulls over Seattle, 123-96.

* At East Rutherford, N.J., Chris Kaman and Tim Thomas scored 18 points each to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Nets, 91-82. *