SCOREBOARD
Thursday, March 13
Golden State at Phoenix (10:30 p.m. EDT). The Suns are 5-6 with Shaquille O'Neal.

STARS
Wednesday
-Monta Ellis, Warriors, scored 33 points to lead Golden State to a 117-106 win over Toronto.
-Tracy McGrady, Rockets, scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Houston to a 83-75 win at Atlanta.
-Chris Paul, and David West, Hornets. Paul had 26 points and 17 assists and West added 29 points to help New Orleans take a convincing 100-75 victory over San Antonio.
-Deron Williams, Jazz, had 26 points and 13 assists in Utah's 114-110 win against Milwaukee.
-Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, scored 26 points in Dallas' 118-93 win over Charlotte.

STRATOSPHERIC
The Houston Rockets became the third team in NBA history to win 20 straight games and tied for the second-longest winning streak with an 83-75 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. The Rockets joined the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33 straight) and 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20) as the only teams to win 20 or more in a row.

BOS-TEN
Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen each scored 18 points to lift Boston to its 10th straight victory, 111-82 over Seattle on Wednesday night. The Celtics have their longest win streak since a 14-game run from March 11-April 4, 1986 and improved to 12-0 at home against the Western Conference.

HEAT EXHAUSTION
New York beat Miami 91-88 on Wednesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Heat lost for the 33rd time in 36 games and extended the NBA's worst record to 11-52.

ROAD WOES
Memphis dropped its 16th straight road game and 17th of 19 overall Wednesday night, 108-86 to Denver.

SNAPPED
Dallas beat Charlotte 118-93 on Wednesday night, snapping the Bobcats' franchise-record five-game winning streak.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
LeBron James scored 42 points in Cleveland's 104-99 loss to New Jersey on Wednesday night.

SPEAKING
It may be the ugliest thing we've done, but it might have been the best one. the way we fought through it.'' - Houston coach Rick Adelman after the Rockets' 83-75 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night. The Rockets became the third team in NBA history to win 20 consecutive games

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