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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, March 27
Dallas at Denver (8 p.m. EDT). The Nuggets are ninth in the Western Conference, two games behind the seventh-place Mavericks.

STARS
Tuesday
-David West and Chris Paul, Hornets. West had 35 points and 16 rebounds and Paul added 31 points and 14 assists as New Orleans won its fourth straight, 114-106 over Indiana.
-Drew Gooden, Bulls, scored a season-high 31 points and matched a season best with 16 rebounds, leading Chicago past Atlanta 103-94.
-Carlos Boozer, Jazz, had 28 points and 13 rebounds as Utah routed Charlotte 128-106.

SNAPPED
Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak and won its first game without leading scorer and rebounder Dirk Nowitzki, beating the Clippers 103-90 Tuesday night. Los Angeles has lost eight straight.

ONE-SIDED
Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and Michael Finley added 24 as San Antonio beat Orlando 107-97 Tuesday night for its fourth straight win. The Magic are the only NBA team that has never won a season series against the Spurs.

SEASONS
Indiana's 114-106 loss to New Orleans on Tuesday night snapped a four-game winning streak and guaranteed the Pacers back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.

TWENTY-TWENTY
Orlando's Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds in a 107-97 loss to San Antonio on Tuesday night, his eighth game this season with at least 20 in both categories.

SIDELINED
Portland scoring and assist leader Brandon Roy left Tuesday night's game with a strained right groin on the last play of the first quarter. The Blazers were already without LaMarcus Aldridge, the team's second-leading scorer who sprained an ankle Monday against Seattle, but still beat Washington 102-82.

SPEAKING
``It's going to change maybe four or five times before the season's over, unless we go undefeated.'' - New Orleans guard Chris Paul on regaining the Western Conference lead following Tuesday night's 114-106 victory over Indiana.

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