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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, March 23
Denver at Phoenix (10 p.m. EDT). Trying to make a late run for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Suns bring a season-high, four-game winning streak into their game against the Nuggets, who have won five in a row.

STARS
Saturday
-Jason Richardson, Suns, scored 17 of his season-high 35 points in the third quarter as Phoenix beat Washington 128-96.
-Jarrett Jack, Pacers, scored 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting while moving to the point guard spot, leading Indiana to a 108-83 victory over Charlotte.
-Glen Davis, Celtics, scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting in Boston's 105-87 victory over Memphis.
-Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers, had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Portland finished a five-game road trip at 3-2 after a 96-84 victory over Milwaukee.

MOVIN' ON UP
Shaquille O'Neal scored 13 points in the Phoenix Suns' 128-96 victory over Washington on Saturday night to pass Moses Malone as the No. 5 scorer in NBA history with 27,411 points. That's probably as far as O'Neal will go, since No. 4 Wilt Chamberlain is 4,008 points ahead of him.

ON THE ROAD
The Los Angeles Lakers opened a season-high, seven-game trip Saturday with a 117-109 victory in Chicago. Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Pau Gasol added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Los Angeles erased a 16-point deficit. ... The Washington Wizards completed a winless four-game, five-day trip west by falling 128-96 in Phoenix. ... Portland ended up 3-2 on its five-game trip after beating Milwaukee 96-84.

ALL KNICKED UP
New York center David Lee missed a game for the first time this season Saturday night in the Knicks' 110-103 loss at Orlando because of tendinitis in his knees, but was hopeful to return for the rematch against the Magic on Monday in New York. Then, Larry Hughes left the game in the second quarter with a jammed left big toe but said it was not serious.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Quentin Richardson scored 33 points and Nate Robinson added 27, but New York lost its fourth straight game, 110-103 in Orlando. ... Chicago had tied a season high with three straight wins, but lost 117-109 to the Los Angeles Lakers despite 30 points from John Salmons and 25 from Derrick Rose. ... Charlie Villanueva scored 26 points, but Milwaukee finished a six-game homestand with a 2-4 mark after losing 96-84 to Portland.

SNAPPED
Atlanta had its seven-game winning streak snapped with a 102-96 loss in Cleveland. All of the Hawks' victories during the streak came at home. ... The Charlotte Bobcats had their three-game winning streak snapped in decisive fashion, losing 108-83 at home to Indiana.

SPEAKING
``It shows I've been consistent at what I've been doing and the next guy is my illegitimate father - Wilt Chamberlain - so just like in Star Wars, hopefully I can catch up to my father.'' - Shaquille O'Neal, after scoring 13 points in the Phoenix Suns' 128-96 victory over Washington on Saturday night to pass Moses Malone as the No. 5 scorer in NBA history with 27,411 points. O'Neal is 4,008 points behind Chamberlain, who is No. 4.
 

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