SCOREBOARD
Friday, Feb. 22
Boston at Phoenix (10:30 p.m. EST). Kevin Garnett and the Celtics take on Shaq and the Suns in a matchup of division leaders.

STARS
Thursday
- Manu Ginoboli, Spurs, hit a jumper from the top of the key with 6.2 seconds left for the last of his 44 points, leading San Antonio to a 100-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, Rockets. McGrady had 23 points and 10 assists, and Yao scored 21 points in Houston's 112-100 win over Miami.

BLOCKBUSTER
in from the Bulls.

SEEING 10s
Houston's 112-100 win over Miami on Thursday night was the Rockets' 10th straight win and the Heat's 10th straight loss. Houston has won 14 of its last 15 games and the winning streak is its longest since the championship season of 1993-94 when the team opened with 15 straight.

HOT HAND
Manu Ginobili hit a jumper from the top of the key with 6.2 seconds left for the last of his 44 points, leading the San Antonio Spurs to their fourth straight win with a 100-99 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night. Ginobili entered the game averaging 33 points in his last three games and helped carry the Spurs to their eighth win in their last nine games and seventh in their last eight road contests.

SWAPS
The New Orleans Hornets acquired swingman Bonzi Wells and guard Mike James from Houston on Thursday in exchange for guards Bobby Jackson and Adam Haluska. ... The Portland Trail Blazers acquired guard Von Wafer from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for guard Taurean Green. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves traded seldom-used swingman Gerald Green to the Houston Rockets for shooting guard Kirk Snyder. Minnesota also gets a second-round pick in 2010 and cash.

SNAPPED
The Portland Trail Blazers stopped their five-game losing streak with a 92-88 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday night.

SPEAKING
``I didn't think we were good enough to win the championship. I thought we had a very good team. But I do believe if we have a chance to make ourselves better we should try. Was it a risk in doing so? Yes, it was a risk. But we're going to have to make some decisions that have some risk in them if we want to continue to build and grow.'' - Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry after an 11-player trade involving Cleveland, Chicago and Seattle was completed on Thursday. Ferry dealt half his active roster to acquire center Ben Wallace and forward Joe Smith from the Bulls, and forward Wally Szczerbiak and guard Delonte West from the SuperSonics.

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