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The Hawks then won the regularly scheduled contest 97-94 as Joe Johnson matched a season high with 39 points. Ricky Davis led Miami with 27 points, and Dwyane Wade added 24.
The teams opened the night by replaying the final 51.9 seconds of a Dec. 19 game, which was protested by the Heat after the Atlanta stat crew mistakenly ruled Shaquille O'Neal had fouled out in the extra period. O'Neal wasn't even around for the do-over, having been traded to Phoenix last month.
The game resumed from the point of the protest and neither team scored during their brief time on the court. They got a 15-minute break, then returned to the court for their regularly scheduled game.
Rockets 106, Hornets 96
HOUSTON (AP) - Tracy McGrady scored 41 points and the Rockets stretched their winning streak to 18 games.
Houston has won its last nine games by double digits and moved into a tie with the Hornets in the overall conference standings. The Rockets also made a season-high 14 3-pointers, improving to 6-0 since Yao Ming went out with a foot injury.
Chris Paul had 37 points and 11 assists for the Hornets, who had won five of their last six.
Bobcats 100, Wizards 97
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jason Richardson scored 34 points, and Charlotte stretched its winning streak to a franchise-record five consecutive games.
Matt Carroll added 23 points for the fourth-year Bobcats, who went 1-11 during February but they are 5-0 in March.
Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who had a chance to get back to .500 for the first time in more than a month but instead fell to 30-32 - one game ahead of idle Philadelphia for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Warriors 104, Magic 95
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Baron Davis scored 33 points and Stephen Jackson had 20 as Golden State overcame a slow start.
The Warriors shot only 35 percent in the first half, but Jackson and Davis sparked a 33-16 run in the third period to seize control of the game. Monta Ellis added 16 points and Al Harrington 14 as the Golden State finished a four-game East Coast swing 3-1.
Dwight Howard led Orlando with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 and Rashard Lewis added 21.
Celtics 119, Grizzlies 89
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ray Allen scored 23 points and Paul Pierce added 19 to lead Boston to its eighth straight win.
Kevin Garnett added 17 points, while James Posey had 15 points for the Celtics, who shot 58 percent from the field.
Memphis never got the margin under double digits after the 5-minute mark of the first quarter, dropping to 2-16 in its last 18 games. Hakim Warrick led the Grizzlies with 15 points.
Trail Blazers 120, Knicks 114, OT
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon Roy scored eight of his 27 points in overtime, and Portland overcame Nate Robinson's career-high 45 points to beat New York in overtime.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers in their second overtime victory over the Knicks this season.
Quentin Richardson had 20 points for the Knicks, who were without their top four scorers and lost their sixth straight.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points and became the leading scorer in franchise history, helping Dallas beat New Jersey in the first meeting between the teams since making an eight-player deal featuring Jason Kidd.
Brandon Bass added a career-high 19 points and Kidd had 13 assists, five rebounds and three points as Dallas ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-5 since the big trade.
Richard Jefferson scored 22 points for New Jersey, which lost its fifth straight and fell to 3-7 since adding Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Trenton Hassell, Maurice Ager and Keith Van Horn.
Jazz 132, Nuggets 105
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mehmet Okur made a career-high six 3-pointers, scoring 27 and adding 11 rebounds as Utah added a game to its lead over Denver.
Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Deron Williams had his seventh straight double-double with 16 assists and 14 points. Utah won its 18th straight home game, one off the team record, and extended its lead over the Nuggets in the Northwest Division to four games.
Allen Iverson scored 28 and Carmelo added 24 points for the Nuggets, who fell to 1-2 against Utah this season.