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 SCOREBOARD
Sunday, Feb. 1
Cleveland at Detroit (2:30 p.m. EST). LeBron James and the Cavaliers have an 11-game lead in the Central Division over Allen Iverson and the Pistons.

STARS
Friday
- Mike Dunleavy, Pacers, scored a season-high 30 points to lead Indiana to a 114-103 win against Miami.
- Andrew Bynum, Lakers, bulled his way inside to 27 points and 15 rebounds and Los Angeles beat Minnesota, 132-119.
- Deron Williams, Jazz, had 24 points and 12 assists and Utah snapped a four-game losing streak with a 110-90 win over Oklahoma City.
- Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 19 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, lifting Denver to a 110-99 win over Charlotte. Anthony missed games with the injury.
- Corey Maggette, Warriors, scored 12 of his 19 points in the last six minutes and the Golden State won 91-87 at New Orleans.

STILL PERFECT
he Cleveland Cavaliers ran their home record to 22-0, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 112-95, tying the franchise record for the most consecutive home wins, set in the 1988-89 season.

STAT
Charlotte coach Larry Brown is 4-10 this season against teams that he has previously coached. He's worked for eight other current NBA franchises.

SCORING
Detroit's Allen Iverson scored 19 points in an 86-78 loss to Boston, moving past Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and into 16th place on the NBA's career scoring list. ... Joe Johnson scored 29 points and Mike Bibby had 20 as the Atlanta Hawks won the battle of high-scoring backcourts and beat the New Jersey Nets 105-88. New Jersey's Devin Harris (20 points) and Vince Carter (18), who form the top-scoring backcourt in the league with a combined average of 43.1 points, combined to make only 11 of 31 shots.

SNAPPED
The Chicago Bulls won at Arco Arena for the first time in 12 years, beating the Sacramento Kings 109-88 Friday night. The Bulls had lost nine straight in Sacramento and hadn't beaten the Kings at Arco Arena since Nov. 23, 1997, Michael Jordan's final year with Chicago.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Washington Wizards, but the NBA's worst team still lost to 104-94 to Philadelphia. ... Al Jefferson had 34 points and 13 rebounds, but Minnesota lost to the Lakers 132-119.

SOLID RETURNS
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 20 points with 11 rebounds in Cleveland's 112-95 victory against the Clipeprs, his first game in exactly one month because of a broken left ankle. ... Bucks center Bogut returned to the lineup and had 13 points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes, helping Milwaukee to a 96-85 victory against the Raptors, its first victory since leading-scorer Michael Redd was lost to a season-ending knee injury last week. ... David West, returning from back spasms that sidelined him five games, had 12 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans in a 91-87 loss to Golden State.

STREAKS
Boston beat Detroit 86-78 for its 10th straight victory. It's the second time this season the defending champions have won at least 10 straight. The last time the Celtics accomplished that feat was the 1985-86 season when they went on to win one of their 17 NBA titles. ... Indiana won its seventh straight home game, beating Miami 114-103.

STATUS
76ers center Samuel Dalembert landed awkwardly going for an offensive rebound late in the first half of Philadelphia's 10-94 victory against Washington. He missed the rest of the game. He'll be evaluated on Saturday and could miss Philadelphia's game against New Jersey.

SHOOTING
Nene was 10-for-11 from the field, scoring 22 points in Denver's 110-99 victory against Charlotte.

SPEAKING
``They're bigger than they look. Long and big.'' - Minnesota forward Al Jefferson after the Timberwolves lost 132-119 to Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and the Lakers.
 

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