SCOREBOARD
Friday, March 7
Chicago at Boston (8 p.m. EST). Kevin Garnett of the Celtics needs 23 points to reach 20,000 for his career.

STAR
Thursday
-Tracy McGrady, Rockets, had 31 points and nine assists in a 113-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

SKY HIGH
Tracy McGrady had 31 points and nine assists and Rafer Alston added a season-high 24 points, helping the Houston Rockets push their franchise-best winning streak to 17 games with a 113-98 victory over the Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Houston's streak is tied for seventh-best in NBA history.

ROLLING
Manu Ginobili scored 28 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Indiana Pacers 108-97 on Thursday for their 11th straight win. Tony Parker added 19 points in the game, which wasn't close after halftime and during which Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ejected during the second quarter.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
LeBron James scored 39 points in the Cavaliers' 107-96 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

SPEAKING
``We all believe, man. When you've got a roster full of guys that really believe in themselves, great chemistry among the team, and we go out and play extremely hard every night, I'm not surprised.'' - Houston's Tracy McGrady after the Rockets won their 17th straight game, 113-98 over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. They've won five straight since losing Yao Ming for the season.

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