SCOREBOARD
Thursday, April 3
Houston at Portland (10:30 p.m. EDT). The Rockets have lost five of eight since a franchise-record 22-game winning streak.

STARS
Wednesday
-Ramon Sessions, Bucks, hit a 19-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Milwaukee a 110-109 victory over the Washington Wizards.
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter in a 104-91 win over the Blazers.
-Deron Williams, Jazz, had 19 points and 14 assists in a 117-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
-Jason Kidd, Mavericks, had 17 assists and 11 rebounds in a 111-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

COMEBACKS
ntering the game 9 seconds later. ... Elton Brand made his long-awaited season debut and scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Seattle SuperSonics 102-84. Brand, who finished with 19 points, had missed the entire season while recovering from a surgically repaired left Achilles' tendon, after being injured during an offseason workout on Aug. 3.

180 DEGREES
Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics tied the NBA record for the best single-season turnaround with a 92-77 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. With the league's best record at 60-15, the Celtics have 36 more wins than last season when they finished 24-58, the NBA's second-worst mark. The only other team to improve by that much was the San Antonio Spurs, who went from 20-62 in 1996-97 to 56-26 the next season, Tim Duncan's first.

WALSH TO KNICKS
Donnie Walsh was hired Wednesday as the New York Knicks' president of basketball operations. The 67-year-old Walsh recently announced he was leaving the Pacers after 24 years with the organization. He joined the Pacers' front office as general manager in 1986, became team president in 1988 and CEO in 2003.

STREAKS
Mike Bibby hit a tying 3-pointer in regulation, Josh Smith made two in overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 127-120 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory. The Hawks increased their lead for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot to four games over Indiana, which lost 92-77 at Boston.

SNAPPED
The Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Charlotte Bobcats 118-114 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game road skid.

SPEAKING
``Did we do that? Thanks for telling me. I didn't know.'' - Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, after his team matched the NBA record for best single-season turnaround with a 36-game improvement and won 60 games for the first time in 22 years with a 92-77 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

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