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Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:49
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, March 12
Houston at Atlanta (7 p.m. EDT). The Rockets, winners of 19 straight, including 10 straight by double digits, try to tie the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.

STARS
Tuesday
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 10 of his 34 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes, and Los Angeles beat Toronto 117-108.
-Mike Dunleavy, Pacers, scored 32 points and Indiana beat Seattle 114-107.
-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, had 29 points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes, and Phoenix beat Memphis 132-111.
-Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers, had 27 points and nine assists, to lift Portland to a 103-96 victory over Minnesota.

YOUNG AT HEART
up to put the Wizards ahead 103-91 with 1:35 remaining.

SECOND THOUGHTS
Brandon Roy had 27 points and nine assists, playing biggest during a game-deciding 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to lift Portland to a 103-96 victory over Minnesota Tuesday night. The Timberwolves drafted Roy in the first round two years ago, but traded him to the Blazers for Randy Foye and cash on draft night. Foye missed the first half of this season with a knee injury, and Roy was rookie of the year last year and has been even better in his second season.

BURNED
Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 30 minutes, and Phoenix beat Memphis for the eighth time in a row with a 132-111 rout on Tuesday night. Memphis, opening a three-game road trip, lost its 15th straight away from home and 17th in its last 19 overall.

STICKING AROUND
The Golden State Warriors exercised the option Tuesday to keep coach Don Nelson under contract for the 2008-09 season. The Warriors (39-23) put together one of their best seasons in years, and the team decided to guarantee Nelson a reported $5.1 million for next season. The 67-year-old Nelson is the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 1,271 wins, trailing only Lenny Wilkens (1,332) on the career list.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Kevin Durant scored 27 points in Seattle's 114-107 loss to Indiana on Tuesday night. ... Charlie Villanueva scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds but Milwaukee lost to Washington 105-97. ... Mehmet Okur had 22 points and 18 rebounds but Utah fell to Chicago 108-96. ...

SPEAKING
``I'm tired of (teammate) Brendan Haywood calling me a practice dunker and all kinds of stuff. So it was my way to kind of show them that I belong here - and I can jump a little bit.'' - Washington's rookie guard Nick Young after scoring a career-high 22 points in the Wizards' 105-97 victory over Milwaukee. Young shot 9-for-15 and had a pair of three-point plays in the decisive fourth quarter.
 

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