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|Saturday, 23 February 2008 20:30|
The Lakers (38-17), tied with Phoenix for the Western Conference lead, also won seven in a row earlier this season, their longest streak since they won 11 straight late in the 2003-04 season before going on to reach the NBA finals.
The Lakers have also won six straight road games - their longest such streak in five years.
Corey Maggette scored 23 points and Tim Thomas had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers (19-34), who were coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since their 4-0 start to the season.
76ers 101, Heat 96, OT
MIAMI (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and converted a key three-point play as the Philadelphia 76ers scored the final 10 points in overtime and sent the Miami Heat to their 11th straight loss.
Andre Miller scored 24 points and Willie Green added 14 for the Sixers, who fell behind early in the extra period before coming on in the last few minutes.
Dwyane Wade scored 33 points for the Heat, who have dropped 26 of their last 27 games. Miami also had a 15-game losing streak from Dec. 25-Jan. 24 that ended when it beat Indiana 98-96 on Jan. 26.
Nets 102, Pacers 91
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Richard Jefferson equaled his season high with 36 points and Vince Carter added 24 as the New Jersey Nets beat the Indiana Pacers and split the home-and-home series.
The Nets, who lost in Indianapolis on Friday, are 2-1 since trading Jason Kidd to Dallas in a multiplayer deal on Tuesday. Marcus Williams, now the starting point guard, had a career-high 13 assists to go along with eight points. Josh Boone added 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for New Jersey.
Danny Granger scored 29 points for the Pacers, who have dropped four of the last five.
Wizards 110, Bobcats 95
WASHINGTON (AP) - Antawn Jamison scored 22 points and DeShawn Stevenson added 20 points to lead the Wizards to their second win in 12 games.
Leading 70-69 with 3:33 to play in the third quarter, Washington went on a 14-2 run, led by five points by Oleksiy Pecherov to end the third quarter and start the fourth. The run gave the Wizards an 84-71 lead with 10:53 remaining.
After the Wizards' decisive run, Charlotte never got closer than seven points in falling for the 10th time in 11 games. The Bobcats were without Gerald Wallace, who suffered a concussion Friday.
Jason Richardson scored 25 points, but just four in the fourth quarter, and Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Bucks 115, Nuggets 109
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Michael Redd scored a season-high 42 points, including five free throws in the final 1:13, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from 23 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets.
Mo Williams added 26 points, including 20 in the second half, for Milwaukee, which finished the game on a 23-10 run to deny Denver (33-22) its best 55-game start in 20 years.
Allen Iverson scored 26 points, and Carmelo Anthony added 25 for the Nuggets, which led by 23 in the second quarter, 64-50 at halftime and 99-92 with less than seven minutes remaining. They couldn't hold off the Bucks, who made 13 of 14 free throws in the final 1:35 to seal the comeback and the victory.
Spurs 98, Hornets 89
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili had 30 points and a career-high 12 assists, and Tim Duncan added 25 points and 11 rebounds Saturday night to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight win.
Chris Paul had 27 points and David West 16 for the Hornets, who have lost two in a row and are tied atop the Southwest Division with a 37-17 record.
Down by 17 with 1:26 to play in the third, Paul and Jannero Pargo led a 19-2 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters to tie it at 78 with 7:05 remaining. During the run, the Spurs didn't hit a shot from the field for 8 1/2 minutes. Their only scoring during the span came from six free throws.
But the Spurs weren't about to suffer a repeat of late January, when the Hornets routed them 102-78. In this one, the Hornets never took the lead after losing it midway through the first quarter.
Jazz 100, Hawks 94
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz hold off Atlanta for their 14th straight home victory.
Kyle Korver scored 13 points, including six free throws in the final 20.4 seconds to help clinch the win.
Josh Smith, who led Atlanta with 30 points, converted a three-point play with 1:58 remaining to get the Hawks within 90-88. But Boozer and Mehmet Okur made layups on the next two possessions by the Jazz and the Hawks were then forced to foul Korver.
Mike Bibby had 18 points and nine assists despite foul trouble and Marvin Williams added 16 for the Hawks, who close their stretch of six straight road games on Monday in San Antonio.