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 over the Atlanta Hawks last night.
Ford, who missed the 2004-05 season following neck surgery, was headed toward a breakaway basket when Atlanta rookie Al Horford hit the guard's face with his hand. Ford landed hard, his head bouncing off the floor.
Ford remained conscious but was strapped to a stretcher and wheeled off the court to a hospital, where he was to remain overnight.
"After a while I could see him moving and that was a relief," Toronto's Chris Bosh said. "It turns my stomach because of who it is."
Horford was ejected with the flagrant foul.
Cavaliers 118, Pacers 105
CLEVELAND - LeBron James came back - as a reserve - and Cleveland, sparked by its superstar's return, snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Indiana.
James, the NBA's leading scorer, had missed Cleveland's previous five games with what the Cavs have described as a sprained left index finger. Wearing a padded, protective glove, James scored 17 points in 22 minutes as the Cavs had one of their finest performances this season.
Wizards 102, T'wolves 88
WASHINGTON - Antawn Jamison led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Caron Butler added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington overcame a career-high 36 points from Craig Smith to beat Minnesota.
Clippers 91, Nets 82
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Chris Kaman and Tim Thomas both scored 18 points to lead Los Angeles to its first win in New Jersey in nearly 10 years.
Pistons 113, Grizzlies 103
MEMPHIS - Chauncey Billups had 28 points and 14 assists, while Richard Hamilton scored 27 points as Detroit beat Memphis.
Bulls 123, SuperSonics 96
CHICAGO - Ben Gordon scored 27 points, Luol Deng added 20, and Chicago scored its most lopsided victory of the season by pounding Seattle. It was the fifth win in seven games for the Bulls.
Trail Blazers 97, Jazz 89
SALT LAKE CITY - Martell Webster scored 25 points and Portland won on the road for just the second time this season, beating Utah.
Stern lets Knicks off. NBA commissioner David Stern won't punish Isiah Thomas or Madison Square Garden for their roles in a sexual harassment trial that embarrassed the Knicks and the league.
"In light of the settlement, which I strongly supported, I have decided to take no further action."