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Thursday, 21 February 2008 01:23
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Feb. 21
Miami at Houston (8 p.m. EST). The Heat, losers of nine straight and 24 of 25, visit the surging Rockets, who have won nine straight.

STARS
Wednesday
-Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, Lakers. Bryant scored 41 points and Gasol added 29 to lead Los Angeles to a 130-124 win over Phoenix.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, finished with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in Cleveland's 106-97 victory over Indiana.
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 31 points, 11 assists and a career-high nine steals to push New Orleans past Dallas 104-93.
-Chris Bosh, Raptors, scored 40 points to help Toronto beat Orlando 127-110.
-Vince Carter, Nets, had a season-high 33 points in a 110-102 overtime win over Chicago.
-Baron Davis, Warriors, scored 29 points and hit a 20-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds to play, and Golden State beat Boston 119-117.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Chris Paul scored 31 points, spoiling Jason Kidd's debut with Dallas and lifting New Orleans to a 104-93 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday. Kidd, who had practiced only twice with his new team, finished with eight points, five assists and six turnovers. ... Kobe Bryant scored 41 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers win their sixth in a row and spoil Shaquille O'Neal's Phoenix debut with a 130-124 victory over the Suns. O'Neal scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and grabbed nine rebounds in 29 minutes against his old team in his first game in nearly a month. O'Neal's previous three teams (Orlando, the Lakers and Miami) were 3-0 in his debuts.

DEEP-SIXERED
Willie Green scored 21 points, Thaddeus Young had 20 and Philadelphia cruised past New York 124-84 on Wednesday. The Sixers scored 100 points in the first three quarters for the first time since Dec. 7, 1990, against Denver. Their largest margin of victory in franchise history was a 62-point win over the Knicks on Dec. 25, 1960. The Sixers set a Wachovia Center record for their biggest margin of victory, and scored a season high in points.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE
LeBron James had his second consecutive triple-double, with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, and Cleveland Cavaliers got by Indiana 106-97 on Wednesday. It was James' sixth triple-double of the season and the 16th of his career, and it helped the Cavaliers end a two-game skid.

CAUGHT IN THE NETS
Marcus Williams scored a season-high 25 points to help New Jersey down Chicago 110-102 in overtime on Wednesday, the Nets' 13th straight home victory over the Bulls.

SNAPPED
Michael Redd scored 27 points and Milwaukee beat Detroit 103-98 on Wednesday to snap a four-game losing streak. The Bucks, who avoided extending a season-worst skid, also snapped a string of four straight setbacks to the Pistons, who have lost two straight following a 10-game winning streak.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Dwight Howard scored 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds but Orlando lost to Toronto 127-110 on Wednesday. ... Amare Stoudemire had 37 points and 15 rebounds in Phoenix's 130-124 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Chauncey Billups scored 34 points in Detroit's 103-98 loss to Milwaukee. ... Ray Allen scored 32 points in Boston's 119-117 loss to Golden State. ... Danny Granger scored 30 points and set the Indiana franchise record for consecutive free throws made with 64, breaking Reggie Miller's mark of 61 straight set in 2005, in the Pacers' 106-97 loss to Cleveland.

ON THE MOVE
San Antonio acquired veteran forward Kurt Thomas from Seattle on Wednesday in exchange for guard Brent Barry, center Francisco Elson and a 2009 first-round draft pick.

STICKING AROUND
Maurice Cheeks and the 76ers agreed to a contract extension Wednesday, giving the former NBA star more time to reach the postseason for the first time as Philadelphia's coach. Cheeks, in the final season of a three-year deal, is 96-122 with the Sixers.

SPEAKING
``We've had our good moments and we've had our share of bad moments.'' - New York coach Isiah Thomas, after the Knicks' 124-84 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Sixers, who led the Knicks 102-57 through three, scored 100 points in the first three quarters for the first time since Dec. 7, 1990 against Denver. The Sixers hadn't scored at least 124 points in regulation since a 134-107 win over Detroit on April 12, 1994.
 

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