A hood pulled over his aching head, LeBron James staggered back into Gund Arena looking like a beaten boxer.

So much for looking sharp for the birthday bash. On the night before he turned 20, James was in no condition to celebrate.

Cleveland’s star forward got flattened by an elbow from Houston’s Dikembe Mutombo in the first half and the Rockets went on to a 98-87 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

“I never saw him,” Mutombo said. “The next thing I know, boom, he was laying on the floor. I hope it’s not too bad.”

Inaction Jackson: The Hornets suspended Jim Jackson indefinitely for not reporting to the team, two days after he was acquired from Houston in a trade.

The trade will not be affected by Jackson’s suspension, the team said in a statement.

Wednesday’s games

Rockets 98, Cavaliers 87

HOUSTON (98) — McGrady 13-31 5-6 34, Howard 7-9 3-3 17, Yao 8-16 4-8 20, Sura 1-3 0-0 3, Barry 2-5 1-2 7, Mutombo 3-6 1-2 7, Taylor 4-9 0-0 8, Wesley 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 39-84 14-21 98.

CLEVELAND (87) — James 0-5 3-5 3, Gooden 8-15 5-5 21, Ilgauskas 7-19 3-6 17, McInnis 4-11 0-0 10, Newble 4-9 6-6 14, Varejao 3-4 4-8 10, Traylor 0-7 0-0 0, Snow 1-4 0-0 3, Harris 2-3 4-5 9. Totals 29-77 25-35 87.

Houston 27 23 23 25 — 98

Cleveland 26 17 26 18 — 87

3-point goals—Houston 6-12 (McGrady 3-6, Barry 2-3, Sura 1-1, Wesley 0-2), Cleveland 4-12 (McInnis 2-5, Harris 1-1, Snow 1-2, James 0-1, Newble 0-1, Gooden 0-2). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Houston 48 (Mutombo 9), Cleveland 62 (Gooden 12). Assists—Houston 24 (Sura 12), Cleveland 22 (McInnis 10). Total fouls—Houston 24, Cleveland 17. Technicals—Houston Defensive three seconds 2. A—20,562 (20,562).

Pistons 107, Wizards 105

DETROIT (107) — Prince 4-8 1-2 9, R. Wallace 9-17 4-6 23, B. Wallace 2-5 4-6 8, Hamilton 6-15 3-3 15, Billups 11-16 4-4 32, McDyess 5-9 4-5 14, Dupree 1-3 1-2 3, Hunter 1-5 0-0 3, Parker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-78 21-28 107.

WASHINGTON (105) — Jamison 8-19 0-0 16, Jeffries 0-3 1-2 1, Haywood 3-6 3-3 9, Hughes 11-20 7-7 30, Arenas 12-19 5-6 34, Ruffin 1-2 0-0 2, Hayes 5-11 0-0 11, Blake 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 40-82 18-20 105.

Detroit 23 19 32 33 — 107

Washington 25 34 20 26 — 105

3-point goals—Detroit 8-11 (Billups 6-8, R.Wallace 1-1, Hunter 1-1, Prince 0-1), Washington 7-19 (Arenas 5-9, Hughes 1-2, Hayes 1-4, Blake 0-1, Jamison 0-3). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Detroit 49 (B.Wallace 14), Washington 41 (Ruffin 9). Assists—Detroit 20 (Billups 6), Washington 18 (Hughes 7). Total fouls—Detroit 20, Washington 24. Technicals—Jamison. A—20,173 (20,674).

Bucks 111, Magic 105

MILWAUKEE (111) — Mason 7-14 7-8 21, Pachulia 3-9 3-6 9, Gadzuric 6-9 3-4 15, Redd 12-19 4-4 29, M. Williams 6-11 4-4 16, Fizer 2-5 1-2 5, Gill 2-6 4-4 8, James 2-9 1-2 6, Hamilton 1-2 0-0 2, House 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-84 27-34 111.

ORLANDO (105) — Hill 12-20 2-3 26, Howard 4-7 3-3 11, Battie 4-7 0-0 8, Mobley 6-11 2-3 17, Francis 7-15 10-12 24, Garrity 0-4 0-1 0, Turkoglu 6-12 0-0 13, Nelson 1-7 0-0 2, Augmon 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 42-85 17-22 105.

Milwaukee 33 23 30 25 — 111

Orlando 26 24 27 28 — 105

3-point goals—Milwaukee 2-6 (Redd 1-1, James 1-4, Pachulia 0-1), Orlando 4-15 (Mobley 3-6, Turkoglu 1-3, Francis 0-1, Nelson 0-2, Garrity 0-3). Fouled out—M. Williams. Rebounds—Milwaukee 45 (Gadzuric 14), Orlando 53 (Francis 12). Assists—Milwaukee 22 (Pachulia 6), Orlando 21 (Francis 9). Total fouls—Milwaukee 25, Orlando 24. Technicals—Pachulia, Fizer, Battie. A—14,438 (17,248).

Knicks 100, Timberwolves 87

MINNESOTA (87) — Garnett 7-17 3-4 17, Szczerbiak 5-11 1-1 11, Olowokandi 1-3 0-0 2, Cassell 7-17 4-4 20, Sprewell 9-23 3-3 22, Johnson 0-0 2-2 2, Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Hoiberg 2-4 0-0 4, Griffin 1-4 0-0 2, Hassell 3-6 1-1 7, Madsen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-87 14-15 87.

NEW YORK (100) — K. Thomas 7-10 0-0 14, T. Thomas 3-6 2-4 10, Mohammed 8-13 3-4 19, Houston 2-11 2-2 7, Marbury 12-19 7-7 32, Ariza 0-2 2-2 2, Sweetney 3-5 0-0 6, Norris 3-3 0-0 6, Williams 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 39-72 18-21 100.

Minnesota 22 19 25 21 — 87

New York 24 24 21 31 — 100

3-point goals—Minnesota 3-13 (Cassell 2-3, Sprewell 1-5, Garnett 0-1, Szczerbiak 0-1, Hoiberg 0-1, Griffin 0-2), New York 4-9 (T. Thomas 2-2, Marbury 1-3, Houston 1-4). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Minnesota 48 (Garnett 13), New York 41 (Mohammed 9). Assists—Minnesota 21 (Garnett 8), New York 19 (Marbury 11). Total fouls—Minnesota 19, New York 14. Technicals—Minnesota Defensive three seconds 2, Marbury. A—19,763 (19,763).

Grizzlies 117, Celtics 109

BOSTON (109) — Welsch 4-9 0-0 9, LaFrentz 10-15 6-7 28, Blount 3-7 4-6 10, Payton 2-8 0-0 4, Pierce 6-14 6-9 18, Banks 1-3 8-9 10, Jefferson 3-5 2-2 8, Davis 1-5 2-2 4, McCarty 7-9 0-0 18, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Reed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-75 28-35 109.

MEMPHIS (117) — Posey 2-6 2-2 8, Gasol 6-13 12-13 24, Wright 3-6 3-4 9, Williams 3-12 2-2 9, Miller 4-7 1-2 12, Battier 2-6 4-6 10, Watson 3-3 4-4 11, Wells 8-13 0-0 18, Swift 5-9 0-1 10, Jones 0-0 2-2 2, Humphrey 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 38-79 30-36 117.

Boston 38 27 29 15 — 109

Memphis 29 27 27 34 — 117

3-point goals—Boston 7-21 (McCarty 4-5, LaFrentz 2-5, Welsch 1-4, Banks 0-1, Davis 0-1, Payton 0-2, Pierce 0-3), Memphis 11-24 (Miller 3-5, Battier 2-3, Wells 2-3, Posey 2-6, Watson 1-1, Williams 1-6). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Boston 47 (Blount 9), Memphis 45 (Gasol 11). Assists—Boston 24 (Pierce, Payton 7), Memphis 26 (Posey 7). Total fouls—Boston 30, Memphis 28. Technicals—Memphis Defensive three seconds. A—18,119 (18,119).

Suns 107, Hornets 96

PHOENIX (107) — Richardson 11-23 0-0 31, Marion 2-12 5-6 9, Stoudemire 6-12 3-4 15, Nash 8-11 4-4 22, Johnson 6-16 0-0 12, Jacobsen 1-3 0-0 3, Hunter 4-5 2-3 10, Outlaw 1-2 1-3 3, Barbosa 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 40-88 15-20 107.

NEW ORLEANS (96) — Nailon 6-14 0-0 12, Freije 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 7-11 4-4 18, Dickau 3-10 1-2 8, Smith 10-15 0-0 23, Davis 6-17 2-2 18, Andersen 4-6 0-0 8, Nachbar 2-6 2-2 7, Edwards 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 39-83 9-10 96.

Phoenix 24 30 26 27 — 107

New Orleans 18 26 26 26 — 96

3-point goals—Phoenix 12-29 (Richardson 9-16, Nash 2-4, Jacobsen 1-2, Marion 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Barbosa 0-3), New Orleans 9-27 (Davis 4-12, Smith 3-5, Nachbar 1-4, Dickau 1-4, Freije 0-2). Fouled out—Dickau. Rebounds—Phoenix 52 (Richardson 11), New Orleans 46 (Freije 8). Assists—Phoenix 20 (Nash 9), New Orleans 24 (Davis 7). Total fouls—Phoenix 11, New Orleans 19. A—16,905 (17,200).

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