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 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -Chauncey Billups scored nine of his 32 points in overtime, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Phoenix Suns 110-105 on Monday night.
Phoenix entered with a seven-game winning streak, but lost to the Pistons for the second time in a month. The Pistons were missing All-Star guard Richard Hamilton (hip) and backup Juan Dixon (calf), which meant Lindsey Hunter played for the first time since Jan. 10 and had three points in 10 minutes.
Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 33 points.
Nets 106, Knicks 91, OT
NEW YORK (AP) - Vince Carter scored 27 points, Richard Jefferson added 26 and the New Jersey Nets moved within one game of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
New Jersey beat its cross-Hudson rivals for the first time this season after three losses. Nenad Krstic added 22 points for the Nets, who are a half-game ahead of Indiana (29-41) and one game behind Atlanta (30-39) in the conference standings.
Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 26 points.
76ers 95, Celtics 90
BOSTON (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 28 points, including 10 in a row during a 19-0 fourth-quarter run Monday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers rallied from an 11-point deficit.
Eddie House's 3-pointer gave Boston an 80-69 lead with 8:20 to play, but the Celtics couldn't score until Paul Pierce hit one of two free throws with 1:38 left. By that time, the Sixers were on their way to their ninth victory in 11 games and their 18th in 23 tries.
Kevin Garnett scored 18 for Boston, which lost its second straight game after winning 14 out of 15.
Heat 78, Bucks 73
MIAMI (AP) - Chris Quinn, filling in for an injured Jason Williams, scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Miami Heat past the Milwaukee Bucks. Quinn was a late insertion into the starting lineup for Williams, who'll be sidelined a week with a right thumb injury that required a hard cast.
It was the second time in six days the Heat defeated the Bucks, who fell to 6-28 on the road. The two victories over Milwaukee are the only ones Miami has in its last 13 games. The win also marked the first time the Heat defeated an opponent twice this season.
Michael Redd scored 24 points to lead the Bucks.
Nuggets 120, Grizzlies 106
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Allen Iverson had 26 points and seven assists, while Carmelo Anthony finished with 23 points as the Denver Nuggets used a big second half to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.
J.R. Smith led the Nuggets, scoring 25 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, as Denver stretched the lead to as many as 22 in winning its third straight. Smith was 8-of-10 in the period, including seven outside the arc.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 30 points.
Rockets 108, Kings 100
HOUSTON (AP) - Rafer Alston scored 28 points and Tracy McGrady added 17 as the Houston Rockets gave coach Rick Adelman his 800th career victory.
Adelman, who won 395 games coaching Sacramento from 1998-2006, became the 13th coach to reach the milestone. He's one of six active coaches with 800 wins, joining Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Don Nelson and George Karl.
Kevin Martin scored 18, and Ron Artest and Francisco Garcia had 17 apiece to lead the Kings, who've lost eight of their last nine road games.
SuperSonics 97, Trail Blazers 84
SEATTLE (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 23 points and the Seattle SuperSonics snapped their 11-game losing streak in what could be the final meeting of the I-5 rivalry.
With Sonics owner Clay Bennett pressing to move his team to Oklahoma City as early as next season, Monday night may have been the final time the longtime rivals faced off just 180 miles apart. The series started in 1970 and the Sonics hold a 98-94 lead.
Martell Webster led Portland with 22 points, but 15 came in the first quarter when the Seattle native hit four 3-pointers.
Lakers 123, Warriors 119, OT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Lamar Odom made the go-ahead layup with 9 seconds left in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers shook off the Golden State Warriors' frantic regulation rally to hang on for a victory.
Kobe Bryant scored 23 of his 30 points after halftime, while Odom finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds as the Lakers reclaimed the Western Conference's top spot and avenged Sunday night's 115-111 loss to the Warriors.
Baron Davis had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors, who have lost four of seven in a critical stretch for their playoff hopes.
 

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