SCOREBOARD
Thursday, March 6
Houston at Dallas (9:30 p.m. EST). The Rockets have won a franchise-record 16 straight games.

STARS
Wednesday
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 50 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds to lead Cleveland to a 119-105 victory over the New York Knicks.
-Jason Richardson, Bobcats, scored 42 points and Charlotte beat Golden State 118-109.
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 23 points and 18 assists in a 116-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

CLINCHED
Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 31 points to lead Boston to a bruising 90-78 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night and the Celtics became the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff berth and also earned the homecourt tiebreaker over their closest competitor.

WHITE HOT
Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets got their franchise-record 16th straight win, a 117-99 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night. The Rockets are 4-0 since losing Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture in his foot and have won 20 of their last 21 games, and own the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.

SCINTILLATING
LeBron James had 50 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in one of the most spectacular performances in the NBA this season, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-105 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. James shot 16-of-30 from the field, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range, in his second 50-point game this season.

STREAKS
Deron Williams had 21 points and 11 assists and the Utah Jazz won their 17th straight home game, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-76 on Wednesday night.

SNAPPED
Hakim Warrick scored a season-high 25 points and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped their nine-game losing streak with a 100-93 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

SUSPENDED
Dirk Nowitzki was suspended without pay for one game by the NBA on Wednesday for his hard foul on Utah's Andrei Kirilenko. Nowitzki will miss the Dallas Mavericks' next game, at home Thursday night against the divisional rival Houston Rockets, who recently passed them in the tight Western Conference standings.

FROM DEEP
The New Orleans Hornets tied a franchise record with 15 3-pointers in a 116-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Peja Stojakovic made six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 29 points.

SPEAKING
``I've dreamed about playing well in this building and it's overtaken of how I could ever dream about. To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world, it was a dream come true for me. It's one of the best things that ever happened to me.'' - LeBron James, who scored 50 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds in the Cavaliers' 119-105 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

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