SCOREBOARD
Saturday, March 8
New Orleans at Houston (8:30 p.m. EST). The Rockets' 17-game winning streak is tied for seventh-best in NBA history.

Sunday, March 9
Chicago at Detroit (8 p.m. EDT). The Pistons can clinch their seventh straight playoff berth with a win over the Bulls.

STARS
Friday
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 25 points and 16 assists to lead New Orleans to a 107-96 win over the New Jersey Nets.
-LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers, scored 29 points, including a 13-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining, to rally Portland to a 103-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
-Antawn Jamison, Wizards, had 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead Washington to a 110-106 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.
-Raymond Felton, Bobcats, had 23 points and 11 assists in a 108-93 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

STREAKING
Boston's Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett added 16 and eight rebounds in a 116-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls, their seventh consecutive win. Boston won its 10th consecutive home game.

RESOLVE
Allen Iverson scored 29 points despite spraining his right ring finger in the first half and the Denver Nuggets snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak with a 109-96 win over the Spurs on Friday night. The Nuggets remained one game behind Golden State for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into the final six weeks.

THROTTLED
Stephen Jackson scored 22 points, Al Harrington added 17, Baron Davis had 15 points and 10 assists and the Warriors eased past the severely shorthanded Heat 134-99 on Friday night, handing Miami its biggest loss of a dismal season. Miami only had seven available players and was without Dwyane Wade, sidelined by left knee soreness.

SNAPPED
Al Jefferson had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves record a rare road win and snap a five-game losing streak with a 111-103 victory over the slumping Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Kevin Martin scored a career-high 48 points and tied the Kings' Sacramento record by hitting 22 of 24 free throws in a 111-103 loss to the Timberwolves on Friday night. ... Amare Stoudemire scored 37 points in the Suns' 126-118 loss to the Utah Jazz.

SPEAKING
``It's just because our backs are against the wall. We understand that every night we have to come in here and play hard and play together and not take any possessions off. We know how serious it is in the West, and if we don't get our act together it's going to be a chance we're not going to be in the playoffs.'' - Allen Iverson, who scored 29 points despite spraining his right ring finger in the first half of the Nuggets' 109-96 win over the Spurs on Friday night, snapping San Antonio's 11-game winning streak. The Nuggets remained one game behind Golden State for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into the final six weeks.

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