SCOREBOARD
Friday, April 4
Philadelphia at Atlanta (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Hawks lead the Pacers by four games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

STARS
Thursday
-Tracy McGrady, Rockets, scored 26 of his 35 points in the second half to lead Houston to a 95-86 win over the Blazers.

GREAT LATE
Houston's Tracy McGrady scored 26 of his 35 points in the second half to lead Houston to a 95-86 win over the Blazers. The Rockets (50-25), once atop the Western Conference with a 22-game winning streak, are in a fifth-place tie with the Phoenix Suns.

SUSPENDED
Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin was suspended for one game without pay Thursday for exceeding the flagrant foul points total with five. Martin was assessed a flagrant foul-penalty one for striking Phoenix's Boris Diaw in the face Tuesday night in Denver's win over the Suns.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
LeBron James scored 33 points in the Cavaliers' 101-98 loss to the Bulls on Thursday night.

SNAPPED
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-98 on Thursday night to snap a six-game road losing streak.

SPEAKING
``There's going to be a team that wins 50 games and doesn't make the playoffs. So it's a battle out there. I love it.'' - Houston's Tracy McGrady on the Western Conference playoff race. McGrady scored 26 of his 35 points in the second half to lead Houston to a 95-86 win over the Blazers on Thursday night.
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