SCOREBOARD
Friday, March 14
Charlotte at Houston (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Rockets are the third team in NBA history to win 20 consecutive games.

STAR
Thursday
-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, had 36 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead Phoenix to a 123-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Caron Butler came back from a 16-game injury absence and scored 19 points Thursday night in Washington's 101-99 victory over Cleveland on his 28th birthday. Butler scored the game's opening basket, survived some rough contact and made six of his first eight shots before fatigue set in.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Baron Davis scored 38 points - two shy of his career high - for the Warriors in a 123-115 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

SPEAKING
``Swag at an all-time high. Feeling good. Good win. Birthday. Going to go out with the team into the city and celebrate right now.'' - Washington's Caron Butler, who came back from a 16-game injury absence to score 19 points Thursday night in the Wizards' 101-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on his 28th birthday.

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