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|Monday, 31 December 2007 19:17|
Portland lost for the first time since a 100-79 defeat at San Antonio on Dec. 2. The Blazers won their next 13, including two over Utah, and were three victories away from tying the franchise record.
Portland coach Nate McMillan was attending a family funeral and not with the team to see the streak come to an end. It was just as well he missed it.
The Blazers couldn't overcome a cold stretch in the third quarter, going scoreless for almost 3 minutes and without a field goal for 4:34 as the Jazz pulled away on a 20-3 run.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 36 points. Brandon Roy added 17 and James Jones scored 15 off the bench for Portland.
Pistons 114, Bucks 69
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Chauncey Billups added 13 points and 12 assists, helping the Pistons rout the Bucks for their ninth straight win.
The 45-point margin of defeat was the third-worst in Bucks history, trailing a pair of 48-point losses. The Pistons have won 17 of 19, including a franchise-record 15 wins in December, while Milwaukee has lost four straight and six of seven.
Tayshaun Prince added 15 points for Detroit, while Antonio McDyess added 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Pistons finished with a season-high 33 assists against just 13 turnovers, while the Bucks had 21 turnovers and 14 assists.
Michael Redd led the Bucks with 18 points, and Yi Jianlian had 12.
Magic 112, Bulls 110, OT
CHICAGO (AP) - Hedo Turkoglu hit a fadeaway jumper with seven-tenths of a second left in overtime, and Orlando handed Chicago its first loss in three games since Jim Boylan became interim head coach following the firing of Scott Skiles.
After Chicago's Ben Gordon hit a tying 3 with 6.7 seconds left, Turkoglu made a shot over Ben Wallace. The Magic's fourth win a row was secure when Wallace missed at the buzzer.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 22 rebounds for Orlando. He also blocked five shots.
Turkoglu, who missed a shot in the closing seconds, finished with 17 points.
Gordon led Chicago with 39 points and Luol Deng added 19. Kirk Hinrich had 10 points and 10 assists before fouling out.
Bobcats 107, Pacers 103, OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Gerald Wallace led a furious comeback in the fourth quarter and took charge in overtime, finishing with 36 points and giving Charlotte a win over Indiana.
The Bobcats snapped a four-game losing streak by rallying from a 13-point deficit with under 6 minutes left in regulation, sending the Pacers to their fourth straight loss.
Wallace had two three-point plays late in regulation. He then hit two 3-pointers in OT and four free throws in the final 22 seconds, finishing with 20 points in the fourth quarter and OT.
Jason Richardson added 28 points for the Bobcats.
Indiana lost for the sixth time after leading by double digits. Jermaine O'Neal had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy (18 points) and Troy Murphy (17) fouled out late in regulation.
Warriors 112, Rockets 95
HOUSTON (AP) - Baron Davis scored 23 points and Al Harrington had 16 points and 11 rebounds as Golden State overcame 21 turnovers to rally past the Rockets.
Davis had seven assists, Monta Ellis scored 20 and Stephen Jackson sank four 3-pointers and added 18 points for the Warriors, who outscored Houston 37-15 in the final quarter to win for the 19th time in 26 games.
Golden State coach Don Nelson was ejected in the second quarter for arguing with referee Bill Kennedy and the Rockets were positioned to win their third straight game without Tracy McGrady, who's out indefinitely with a sore left knee.
Rafer Alston scored a season-high 22 and Yao Ming added 16 points and nine rebounds for Houston, now 13-43 in games McGrady has missed in his four seasons with the team.
Raptors 97, Hornets 92
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 29 points and the Raptors rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Hornets.
The Hornets' winning streak ended at five after Chris Paul, perhaps exhausted from a 44-minute effort, committed a turnover with just over a minute to go and then missed a pair of crucial free throws that could have given New Orleans the lead with 25.8 seconds left.
It was a bitter end to an otherwise strong performance for the Hornets' star point guard, who finished with 23 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds.
David West added 33 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets.
Clippers 91, Timberwolves 82
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Kaman had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help the Clippers rally to beat the Timberwolves.
Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Corey Maggette added 17 for the Clippers, who snapped a six-game losing streak and a seven-game home skid despite missing all 14 3-point attempts.
Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Ryan Gomes added 17 points and 15 rebounds.