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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Feb. 9
Phoenix at Philadelphia (7 p.m. EST). A matchup of second-place teams. Philadelphia is coming off a 94-84 win over Miami on Saturday night. Phoenix is dealing with the trade rumors of All-Star starter Amare Stoudemire.

STARS
Sunday
-Kevin Durant, Thunder, scored 39 points - his fourth straight game with 30 or more - as Oklahoma City held off Sacramento 116-113.
-Lamar Odom, Lakers, scored a season-high 28 points - 15 in the third quarter- and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds as Los Angeles handed Cleveland its first home loss this season, 101-91.
-Caron Butler, Wizards, scored 15 straight points, including a game-winning 18-footer at the buzzer, and finished with 35 as Washington edged Indiana 119-117.
-Dwight Howard, Magic, had 30 points and 16 rebounds to lift Orlando to a 101-84 victory over New Jersey.
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-Greg Oden, Trail Blazers, had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season, and added a career-high six blocked shots in Portland's 109-108 win over New York.

STREAK STOPPERS
The Los Angeles Lakers handed Cleveland its first home loss this season, beating the Cavaliers 101-91 on Sunday. Cleveland came in 23-0 at Quicken Loans Arena before falling to the Lakers, who also ended Boston's 19-game winning streak on Christmas Day and halted a 12-game run by the Celtics earlier this week. It was Cleveland's first loss at home since Game 5 against Washington in the first round of last season's playoffs.

SURGING SPURS
San Antonio scored 11 straight points in the final 45 seconds to turn a one-point deficit into a 105-99 victory over Boston on Sunday. Roger Mason pulled up and leaned into a 3-pointer with 20.4 seconds left to give San Antonio the lead, then hit a pair of free throws after Manu Ginobili hit four for the Spurs.

SICK STAR
Kobe Bryant had 19 points in nearly 35 minutes despite suffering from the flu in the Los Angeles Lakers' 101-91 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. Bryant vomited before the game, shivered with chills throughout and needed intravenous fluids at halftime.

IN STITCHES
r getting accidentally hit over his left eye by Charlotte's Juwan Howard in the Heat's 96-92 win Sunday night. After the game, Wade wore oversized red boxing gloves and a black robe, barely able to see out of the eye.

SHUT DOWN
Cleveland's LeBron James scored 16 points, but missed 15 of his 20 field-goal tries in the Cavaliers' 101-91 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

BUZZER BEATER
Brandon Roy's finger-roll layup at the buzzer gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 109-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday. With the Blazers trailing by one, they called a timeout with 4.3 seconds left before Roy took an inbound pass from Rudy Fernandez and drove for the winning layup.

SEE YA
New Orleans All-Star forward David West was ejected after a hard foul from behind on Mike Miller late in the second quarter of the Hornets' 101-97 win over Minnesota on Sunday night. Miller was driving to the hoop when West chopped his right arm down over Miller's right shoulder from behind, catching Miller in the face with a forearm. West was called for a flagrant-2 foul, which carries an automatic ejection. The play also will be reviewed by the league and could result in a suspension.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
2 rebounds for the New Jersey Nets, who had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 101-84 loss at Orlando on Sunday. ... David Lee had 29 points and 11 rebounds in New York's 109-108 loss at Portland. ... Beno Udrih finished with 29 points as Sacramento fell 116-113 at Oklahoma City. ... Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 25 points and 14 rebounds, but had to be helped off the court inside the final 30 seconds with a right knee injury in the T-Wolves 101-97 loss at New Orleans. ... Deron Williams had 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Utah, which lost 116-96 at Golden State.

SPEAKING
``I wasn't going to come out. I wasn't going to let Coach know I was tired. Every time he made eye contact with me, I tried to seem as bright as I could. Just trying to stay out there and will my way through it.'' - Washington's Caron Butler, who returned after missing two games with the flu and scored 15 straight points, including a game-winning 18-footer at the buzzer, as the Wizards edged Indiana 119-117 on Sunday night. He also needed three IV treatments during the game.
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h 18-point effort in the Hornets' 101-97 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.
 

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