SCOREBOARD
Monday, March 17
Cleveland at Orlando (7 p.m. EST). The Southeast Division leading Magic look to win their fifth straight.

STARS
Sunday
-Rafer Alston, Rockets, scored 31 points and hit eight 3-pointers, both career highs, and Houston beat the Los Angeles Lakers 104-92.
-Jarvis Hayes, Pistons, scored 29 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, to lead Detroit to a 105-84 rout of New Orleans.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 33 points in Cleveland's 98-91 win over Charlotte.
-Kevin Martin, Kings, scored 32 points and had eight rebounds to lead Sacramento to a 106-100 victory over Toronto.

ROCKET POWERED
Houston beat the Los Angeles Lakers 104-92 to extend their winning streak to 22 and claim sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. The Rockets have won 26 of their last 27 games and 31 of their last 34. They've won 15 straight at the Toyota Center, 10 straight since Yao Ming went out with a broken foot and 11 of their last 13 games by double digits.

OFFENSIVE BURST
Denver set NBA season highs for points in a half with 84 and points in a game with a 168-116 rout of the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night. The Nuggets set a franchise record for most points in a regulation game and fell just 16 points shy of the franchise record for points in a game.

STRONG DEFEAT
Jason Richardson scored 33 points in Charlotte's 98-91 loss to Cleveland on Sunday.

SPEAKING
``A lot of people are going to think it's a misprint. A lot of people will think there's no way they scored that many points. It's unbelievable. There are no words for it.'' - Kenyon Martin after the Nuggets set NBA season highs for points in a half with 84 and points in a game with a 168-116 rout of the Seattle

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