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Thursday, 24 January 2008 02:01
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Jan. 24
New Jersey at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST). The Nets have dropped six straight, including three in a row on their West Coast road trip.

STARS
Wednesday
-Kirk Hinrich, Bulls, scored a career-high 38 points with 10 assists to lead Chicago to a 108-95 win over the Indiana Pacers.
-Cavaliers team, set season highs in margin of victory, assists (39), points in a quarter (43) and field-goal shooting (56) in a 121-85 win over the Washington Wizards.
-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, scored 33 points in a 117-107 win over the Timberwolves.
-Jose Calderon, Raptors, converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 10.5 seconds left and finished with 24 points and 13 assists to lead Toronto to a 114-112 victory over the Celtics.
-Tim Duncan, Spurs, had 28 points and 17 rebounds in a 103-91 win over the Lakers.
-Marcus Camby, Nuggets, had 21 rebounds with 13 points in a 107-100 win over the Hawks.

STEPPING UP
Kirk Hinrich scored a career-high 38 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 108-95 on Wednesday night even though their two best players were injured. The Bulls learned earlier in the day that forward Luol Deng would miss one to three weeks because of his recurring left Achilles' tendinitis. Then, they found out that leading scorer Ben Gordon would sit out with a sprained right wrist.

BLITZED
LeBron James scored 23 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 24 without missing from the floor and the Cleveland Cavaliers handled the Washington Wizards 121-85 on Wednesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory. Ilgauskas went 10-for-10 from the field, blocked three shots and spent the entire fourth quarter resting on the bench as the Cavs set season highs in margin of victory, assists (39), points in a quarter (43) and field-goal shooting (56).

BY THE NUMBERS
Josh Smith had a triple-double for the Hawks in a 107-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

BOMBS AWAY
Hedo Turkoglu scored 26 points, and the Orlando Magic made a team-record 18 3-pointers in a 112-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Turkoglu was 6-for-8 outside the arc for Orlando, which hit 55 percent of its 3s. The Magic's previous record for 3-pointers was 16 against the Atlanta Hawks on April 18, 1996.

STREAKS
The Houston Rockets rallied to beat Seattle 109-107 Wednesday night, handing the SuperSonics' their 12th straight loss. ... The New Orleans Hornets extended their season-best winning streak to six games with a 96-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers handled the Washington Wizards 121-85 for their season-high fifth straight victory. ... The Nuggets have won six straight games at home.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Al Jefferson scored a career-high 39 points with 15 rebounds in Minnesota's 117-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. ... Indiana's Danny Granger scored a career-high 33 points in a 108-95 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

SPEAKING
``Offensively we were unbelievable, nearly perfect. It was pretty dang gone good.'' - LeBron James, after Cleveland set season highs in margin of victory, assists (39), points in a quarter (43) and field-goal shooting (56) in a 121-85 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
 

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