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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Boston at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST). The Celtics lost to a Western Conference opponent for the first time this season on Tuesday.

STARS
Tuesday
-Deron Williams, Jazz, finished with 29 points and 12 assists to lift Utah over Golden State 119-109.
-Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, Nuggets. Anthony scored 29 points, Iverson added 28 and Denver upended Boston 124-118.
-Earl Watson, SuperSonics, scored a season-high 26 points to propel Seattle over Memphis 108-101.
-Zach Randolph, Knicks, had 24 points and 10 rebounds and New York got past Washington 113-100 in overtime.
-Ron Artest, Kings, scored 24 points in Sacramento's 105-94 victory over Portland.

ROCKETS' RED GLARE
Rafer Alston scored 22 points to lead Houston past Cleveland 93-85 for its team record ninth straight road win on Tuesday. The Rockets last reeled off nine victories in a row on the road in 1993. The victory was Houston's ninth in a row overall and 18th in 21 games since Jan. 4.

FOR THE RECORD
New York broke a franchise record by scoring 23 points in overtime of a 113-100 victory over Washington, just its second win in 11 games. The Knicks broke the team mark of 19 overtime points, set in a victory over Detroit in 1964. New York had been 0-3 in overtime games this season.

GOLDEN NUGGETS
Denver downed Boston 124-118 on Tuesday to end the Celtics' five-game winning streak and spoil the return of Kevin Garnett. The Nuggets also halted Boston's dominance over Western Conference teams this season, snapping their string of 16 straight wins. Garnett, who had been out since Jan. 25 with a strained abdominal muscle, finished with four points on 2-of-7 shooting and eight rebounds in close to 21 minutes of action.

HOLLYWOOD BEGINNINGS
Pau Gasol scored 23 points in his home debut for the Lakers before sitting out the fourth quarter and Los Angeles pounded Atlanta 122-93 on Tuesday for its fifth straight victory. Newly acquired Mike Bibby had just five points and three assists in 16-plus minutes for the Hawks, who lost their season-worst fifth straight and sixth in a row on the road.

SNAPPED
e and hand the Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss.

JAZZY
Utah scored a season-high 77 points in the first half of a 119-109 win over Golden State on Tuesday, its 13th in 14 games. The Jazz swept the season series from the Warriors for the first time since 2001-02.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
LeBron 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 in Cleveland's 93-85 loss to Houston on Tuesday. It was his fifth triple-double this season and career No. 15. ... Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 13 rebounds in Washington's 113-100 overtime loss to New York, its ninth in 10 games. ... Rudy Gay scored 23 points in Memphis' 108-101 loss to Seattle, its 10th straight road loss and sixth in seven games since trading Pau Gasol.

NO KIDDING
New Jersey completed the trade of All-Star point guard Jason Kidd to Dallas on Tuesday, finishing a deal that had been in the making since before the All-Star break. The trade sends Kidd, forward Malik Allen and guard Antoine Wright to Dallas for point guard Devin Harris, center DeSagana Diop and swingman Maurice Ager, plus retired forward Keith Van Horn and Trenton Hassell. New Jersey also gets two first-round draft picks and $3 million.

MOVIN' ON OUTSIDE
The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets will play the NBA's first outdoor game in more than 35 years during the 2008-09 preseason. The exhibition game will be played on Oct. 11 at the 16,000-seat Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California. It won't be the first NBA game to be played outdoors. The Suns defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in a preseason game on Sept. 24, 1972, at a baseball stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

SPEAKING
``I'm more like a senior adviser so I don't like to come in here and try to take over. Just like your basic karate movie where the young guys come to the old guys with beards who have them do weird stuff to get to the other side. That's who I am, the old guy with a long beard.'' - Shaquille O'Neal, on his role with Phoenix. O'Neal is expected to make his Suns debut on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
 

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