SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Golden State at New Orleans (8 p.m. EST). The Hornets have won nine straight.

STARS
Tuesday
-Yao Ming, Rockets, had 36 points to help Houston get by Golden State 111-107.
-Kirk Hinrich, Bulls, scored 27 points to lead Chicago past Minnesota 96-85.
-Kevin Durant, SuperSonics, scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jump shot with 32.6 seconds remaining, and Seattle stunned edged San Antonio 88-85
-Leon Powe and Rajon Rondo, Celtics. Power scored a career-high 25 points and Rondo matched a career-high with 23 and Boston pounded Miami 117-87.
-Antawn Jamison, Wizards, finished with 24 points and 20 rebounds in Washington's 108-104 overtime victory over Toronto.

EXTREMES
Leon Powe scored a career-high 25 points with 11 rebounds, Rajon Rondo tied a career-high with 23 points, and Tony Allen scored 20 points with six assists to lead NBA-best Boston (35-8) to an overwhelming 117-87 victory Tuesday over Miami (9-34). The Heat failed to match their season-best two-game winning streak.

ONE FOR THE ROAD
Kobe Bryant had 24 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past New York 120-109 on Tuesday in their last home game before embarking on a nine-game road trip that will be their longest in the NBA's modern era. The Lakers' next game at Staples Center will be Feb. 19 against Atlanta. They'll travel a total of 8,173 miles on their trip, which finishes Feb. 13 at Minnesota.

SIX AND COUNTING
Phoenix pounded Atlanta 125-92 on Tuesday to win its season-best sixth straight home game. The Suns handed the Hawks their sixth loss in the last seven games.

MINI-SLUMP
Seattle beat San Antonio 88-85 to hand the Spurs their season-high third straight loss. Since starting 17-3, the San Antonio is 11-13

SNAPPED
Seattle squeaked by San Antonio 88-85 on Tuesday to end a team-record losing streak at 14 games. ... Jason Kidd scored 7 of his 9 points in the final 1:42 and added 11 assists as New Jersey snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 87-80 victory over Milwaukee. The Nets avoided their first double-digit skid since dropping their final 11 games of the 1999-00 season. ... Houston downed Golden State 111-107 to end a four-game skid against the Warriors.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Mike Dunleavy led Indiana with 25 points and seven assists but the Pacers fell to Detroit 110-104 on Tuesday for their fourth straight loss. ... Chris Bosh had 37 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto in a 108-104 overtime loss to Washington.

STARS OUT
Boston was without starters Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen for Tuesday's game in Miami. Garnett has a strained abdominal muscle, keeping him sidelined for the second straight game. Allen missed the game because of the flu. ... Tracy McGrady sat out Houston's game against Golden State on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms. ... Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley missed Tuesday's game against Detroit, the third straight game he has sat out with a sore left knee.

SPEAKING
``It's almost as though the ending of the losing streak pulled the plug. Because we didn't bring anything.'' - Miami coach Pat Riley, after the Heat were blown out by Boston 117-87 on Tuesday in their first game since ending a 15-game slide on Saturday.
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