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News » Shorthanded team falls a bit short

Shorthanded team falls a bit short

Shorthanded team falls a bit short Each of the Warriors' seven healthy players scored in double figures Tuesday, but the shorthanded unit failed down the stretch in its attempt to soften a day that was peppered with more injuries.

The Warriors committed turnovers on three of their final six possessions, allowing the Cavaliers to pull out a 114-108 victory in front of 20,562. After the Warriors cut a 15-point deficit to 112-108 with 1:36 remaining, Corey Maggette missed a layup, Stephen Curry committed a turnover and Maggette followed suit on the Warriors' next three possessions.

LeBron James poured in a game-high 31 points.

"They've got one of the best Basketball players on the planet, and we gave them a fight," said Maggette, who had 19 points. Monta Ellis had a team-high 23.

The Warriors played with what coach Don Nelson referred to as "kind of a pickup team," because Raja Bell had decided to have surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his left wrist. The guard, who was acquired Monday from Charlotte in the Stephen Jackson trade, will miss at least a month and could miss the rest of the season if screws and casting are needed.

Bell injured his wrist when it bent awkwardly while he tried to grab a loose ball Oct. 16. He played five games after getting hurt, averaging 12 points, 4.2 rebounds and two assists a game.

"After playing, it's pretty evident that I can't do the things I like to do and I feel would help the team the most," Bell said. "It's time to get it fixed.

"Shooting isn't a problem, but it's all of the little intangibles that I can bring that have been impossible."

Bell joins an injured list that includes Kelenna Azubuike , who will have season-ending surgery on the patellar tendon in his left knee today and C.J. Watson swine flu. Nelson said Andris Biedrins back/groin, who won't be re-evaluated until Monday, is closer to returning than Ronny Turiaf knee. Brandan Wright shoulder, who is out for the season, Speedy Claxton multiple injuries and Devean George are on the inactive list.

Up next at Celtics 8-34:30 p.m. todayCSNBA/1050Boston has lost three of its last five games after starting the season 6-0. ... Paul Pierce left knee sprain practiced Tuesday and is expected to be in the starting lineup. ... Point guard Rajon Rondo is 3-for-12 from the free-throw line. - Rusty SimmonsUp next Opening tip: After the Cavs' layup drills, LeBron James went to retrieve balls from the rack. From midcourt, he lobbed the first one underhanded and swished it. As the fans roared, James simply went back to fetching balls, like he's swished a shot from midcourt 1,000 times.

- Rusty Simmons

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