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Monday, 19 January 2009 23:40
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Sacramento at Denver (9 p.m. EST). The struggling Kings visit the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets, who have won seven of their last nine at home.

STARS
Monday
-Chris Paul, Hornets, capped a 27-point performance with an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired to give New Orleans a 103-100 victory over Indiana
-Greg Oden, Trail Blazers, had a career-high 24 points and added 15 rebounds in Portland's 102-85 win over Milwaukee.
-Allen Iverson, Pistons, scored 27 points to help Detroit end its longest losing streak in five seasons at five games with an 87-79 win over Memphis.
-Yao Ming, Rockets, scored 31 points to help Houston beat Denver 115-113.
-Tim Duncan, Spurs, scored 17 points and blocked Raymond Felton's potential tying shot in the frantic final seconds of San Antonio's 86-84 win over Charlotte.

MARQUEE MATCHUP
effective in the Lakers' 105-88 win over the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol led Los Angeles with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Andrew Bynum and Sasha Vujacic each scored 14. Bryant had 20 points and 12 assists despite dislocating a finger, while James had 23 points and nine rebounds.

BAD NEWS COMES IN 3s
For the second time in a week, Danny Granger had a big performance trumped by a buzzer-beating shot. On Monday in New Orleans, Chris Paul capped a 27-point performance with a fadeaway 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the hobbled New Orleans Hornets to a 103-100 victory. On Jan. 12 at Golden State, Granger scored 15 of his career high-tying 42 points in a wild fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up 117-116 with 23.8 seconds left, but Jamal Crawford hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds left to give the Warriors a 120-117 lead.

SNAPPED
Allen Iverson scored 27 points to help Detroit end its longest losing streak in five seasons, bringing a five-game skid to an end with an 87-79 win over Memphis.

'C' CHANGE
Rajon Rondo scored 23 points in the first three quarters, Ray Allen scored 20 before sitting out the fourth and Boston cruised to a 104-87 win over Phoenix that was the Celtics' fifth in a row since a 2-7 slump.

REMEMBER ME?
with 31.2 seconds left to help the New York Knicks beat his former team with a 102-98 win over Chicago. Duhon, questionable with back spasms before the game, drove around two defenders to put the Knicks up 99-98. He then hit two free throws with 22.8 seconds remaining to extend the lead to three after Bulls rookie Derrick Rose missed on a drive. It was Rose's arrival as the No. 1 overall draft pick that all but guaranteed Duhon's departure after four seasons in Chicago, and he signed with the Knicks in the offseason.

SPEAKING
``Go home, knock out the foundation in your house and hold up the wall. When it's about to fall on you, that's what it's like guarding Shaq.'' - Boston's Kevin Garnett after the Celtics beat Phoenix 104-87 on Monday.
 

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