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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Majerle, Cavs Outshine Suns 89-74

PHOENIX, Arizona -- It was a trip Dan Majerle was dreading.

Ever since being traded to Cleveland last Oct. 7 after seven seasons with the Phoenix Suns, he fretted about how he'd perform in his first game against his former team.

As it turned out, the Suns should have been the ones worrying.

Majerle, showing signs of the form that made him a three-time All-Star from 1992 to 1995, came off the bench to score 20 points to lead Cleveland to an 89-74 win Sunday night over the injury-plagued Suns.

"Everything fell into place for me," said Majerle, who had been averaging only 8.2 points and struggling with his shooting touch.

"I was really nervous, to be honest. I had been waiting for this and thinking about this for a long time. But we needed this win and I'm glad I helped us get it," Majerle added. "Now maybe I can put the whole trade thing behind me. I'm proud to be a Cavalier."

Majerle entered the game with 5:03 remaining in the first quarter and received a one-minute standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 19,023. The Suns, who dressed the league-minimum eight players for the fourth straight game, made only 28 of 74 field goals.

Rookie Michael Finley paced the Suns with 20 points while Wesley Person had 12. Majerle, a first-round draft pick of the Suns in 1988, was traded to Cleveland for John "Hot Rod" Williams, who sat out his fourth consecutive game with a nerve irritation in his right leg.

Other Suns still sidelined include Charles Barkley (infected toe), Kevin Johnson (strained thigh and groin) and Danny Manning (knee surgery).


Coach Pat Riley of the Miami Heat was fined $10,000 and forward Dennis Rodman of Chicago was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Friday for outspoken attacks against the league's officials Wednesday night.

Riley was penalized for accusing the referees of targeting his team after the Heat's 90-89 loss at Portland.

"I've had it," Riley said after the game, adding a profanity to emphasize his anger. "It's been going on all year. It's got to come to a stop."

The officials, he said, "were anticipating every call before they made it."

Rodman was fined for verbally abusing the referees and for removing his jersey and throwing it into the crowd after being ejected from a 113-87 win over Seattle.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)