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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Feb. 6
Boston at New York (7:30 p.m. EST). After giving up 61 points to Kobe Bryant on Monday and 52 to LeBron James on Wednesday, the Knicks conclude their ``Dream Week'' homestand against the defending champion Celtics, whose 12-game win streak ended against the Lakers on Thursday.

STARS
Thursday
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Los Angeles to a 110-109 overtime victory over Boston that snapped the Celtics' 12-game winning streak.
-Deron Williams, Jazz, shook off a deep thigh bruise and scored 34 points and handed out 12 assists to lead Utah to a 115-87 rout of Dallas.
-Samuel Dalembert, 76ers, had 18 points and 20 rebounds in Philadelphia's 99-94 victory over Indiana.

STREAKS
The Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Boston Celtics' 12-game winning streak with a 110-109 overtime victory Thursday night in a matchup of last season's NBA finalists. Boston, 0-2 against Los Angeles, trails the Lakers by percentage points for the best overall record in the NBA, and would lose a tiebreaker for home-court advantage in the finals - if they both make it back.

SEEING DOUBLE
Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 20 rebounds, Andre Miller had 13 points and 12 assists, while Andre Iguodala had 20 points and 11 assists to help Philadelphia snap a two-game losing streak with a 99-94 win over Indiana on Thursday night. The Sixers' last game with three players recording double-doubles was Nov. 14 - also against the Pacers.

SIGNAL CALLER
Dallas had won four straight since coach Rick Carlisle put Jason Kidd in charge of calling plays, but the streak ended Thursday night as the Mavericks were routed 115-87 at Utah.

STEPPING IN
Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen will replace injured Orlando guard Jameer Nelson next week in the NBA All-Star game. Allen was added to the Eastern Conference team Thursday by commissioner David Stern after Nelson was forced to pull out because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Allen joins teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the roster for the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix.

SIDELINED
Elton Brand's comeback from a separated right shoulder is over and the two-time All-Star power forward will have season-ending surgery on Monday. All the Philadelphia 76ers got in the first year of a five-year, $80 million contract from the player they expected to help win them a round or two in the Eastern Conference playoffs was an average of 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in only 29 games.

SWAPPED
Orlando traded shooting guard Keith Bogans to Milwaukee for point guard Tyronn Lue on Thursday after the Southeast Division-leading Magic lost All-Star Jameer Nelson to a serious shoulder injury. Milwaukee, which also got cash in the deal, is without top scorer Michael Redd for the rest of the season after he tore ligaments in his left knee in a win against Sacramento on Jan. 24.

SPEAKING
``I wish we would have come here last year with this kind of attitude. Nobody backed down. We were as physical as anybody.'' - Los Angeles center Pau Gasol, who scored 24 points and had 14 rebounds Thursday night to help the Lakers to a 110-109 overtime victory over Boston. It was a rematch of last year's NBA finals, in which the Celtics outmuscled the Lakers to the title.
 

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