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|Tuesday, 19 February 2008 17:24|
The Rockets went into the All-Star break as the Western Conference's hottest team and they didn't cool off, winning their ninth in a row to improve to 18-3 since Jan. 4. Still, they came in tied for seventh in the brutal West.
Houston last reeled off nine victories in a row on the road in 1993.
Tracy McGrady added 17 points and Luis Scola 15 as the Rockets won for the 12th time in 13 games.
James, who won his second All-Star MVP in three years on Sunday in New Orleans, finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his fifth triple-double this season and career No. 15.
Magic 103, Pistons 85
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Rashard Lewis scored 20 points, reserve Keith Bogans added 19 and Orlando ended Detroit's 10-game winning streak.
On the game's first possession, Rasheed Wallace blocked a dunk attempt by fellow All-Star and new dunk champion Dwight Howard, but that was one of Detroit's only highlights. Orlando led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter.
The Magic had been the last team to beat Detroit, winning 102-100 at home on Jan. 21.
Former Piston Maurice Evans added 16 points for the Magic, including eight in a key third-quarter run.
Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 16 points.
Knicks 113, Wizards 100, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jamal Crawford added 21 points and the Knicks broke a franchise record by scoring 23 points in overtime.
Three-pointers from Nate Robinson and Quentin Richardson and a pair of dunks from David Lee at the start of the extra period helped the Knicks pull away to win for only the second time in 11 games. New York broke the team mark of 19 overtime points, set in a victory over Detroit in 1964.
Robinson, Richardson and Lee each finished with 19 points for the Knicks, who rallied from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit. They had been 0-3 in overtime games this season.
Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost nine of 10.