SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, March 18
Boston at Houston (9:30 p.m. EDT). The Celtics try to snap the Rockets' 22-game winning streak.

STARS
Monday
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 37 points and 13 assists, helping New Orleans to a 108-97 win over Chicago.
-Al Jefferson, Timberwolves, had his 48th double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota won its fourth in six games, 99-90 over the Clippers.
-Dwight Howard, Magic, had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Orlando to a 104-90 victory over Cleveland.
-Mike Dunleavy, Pacers, tied his career high with 36 points as Indiana beat New York 110-98.

STREAKING
Utah tied a franchise record with its 19th straight home victory, 96-79 over Toronto on Monday night. The Jazz have won six straight over the Raptors.

FINALS PREVIEW?
Boston improved to a league-best 53-13 by handing NBA champion San Antonio its season-worst fourth straight loss, 93-91 Monday night.

SNAPPED
Memphis snapped a four-game losing streak with a 98-80 victory over Charlotte on Monday night.

SLUMPING
New York's 110-98 loss at Indiana on Monday night was its ninth in 10 games. The Pacers, 3-0 against the Knicks this season, held an opponent under 100 points for the first time since the All-Star break.

STANDINGS
Atlanta's 105-96 victory over Washington on Monday night - the Hawks' third straight win which snapped the Wizards' three-game winning streak - moved them one-half game ahead of idle New Jersey for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta hasn't made the playoffs since the 1998-99 season.

SPEAKING
``I think our chances are good. It's in our hands. You never really want to leave it up to anybody else to try to get into the playoffs. I've been there before to where I've waited to see how other teams finish to see if you're going to make it not, so I want to impress upon these guys that it's there for us to take and we've got to go do it.'' - Atlanta's Mike Bibby on the Hawks' playoff chances.

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