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Wednesday, 09 April 2008 23:46
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, April 10
Denver at Golden State (8 p.m. EDT). The Nuggets and Warriors are tied for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

STARS
Wednesday
-Dwight Howard, Magic, had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead Orlando to a 115-83 rout of Chicago.
-Chris Bosh, Raptors, had 32 points and 11 rebounds as Toronto ended a three-game losing streak with a 111-93 victory over Milwaukee.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, had 33 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Cleveland defeated New Jersey 104-83.

STANDINGS
Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, hitting a season-high four 3-pointers, and Samuel Dalembert added 20 points and 13 rebounds as Philadelphia defeated Detroit 101-94 Wednesday night. The 76ers, winners of 22 of their past 30 games, remained sixth in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of Toronto and a game behind Washington.

SWINGS
New Orleans, which scored just 66 points in a loss to Utah on Tuesday, got 19 points and 16 assists from Chris Paul in a 122-90 rout of Minnesota on Wednesday night. The win gave the Hornets a franchise-best 55 wins, beating the record set in 1996-97.

TURNAROUND
After scoring the first seven points of the third quarter to take an 11-point lead, New Jersey was outscored 55-23 the rest of the way in a 104-83 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday night.

ONE-SIDED
Phoenix's 96-79 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night was its third in four meetings this season. The Suns moved within a half game of the Spurs, Rockets and Lakers in the Western Conference.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Charlie Villanueva had a season-high 38 points and a career-high seven 3-pointers, scoring 25 of Milwaukee's first 29 points in a fourth straight loss, 111-93 to Toronto on Wednesday night.

SLUMPS
Minnesota's 122-90 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday night was its sixth straight.

SIDELINED
Rockets guard Tracy McGrady sat out Wednesday's 103-80 win over Seattle to rest his sore left shoulder. McGrady sprained his shoulder late in Houston's 108-100 win over Sacramento on March 24. He played in six games since, but recently started wearing a protective wrap. Houston won for just the second time in 14 games without McGrady and Yao Ming, and has won 20 of its past 22 home games.

SPEAKING
``It was quiet. Could you hear yourself talk? We're getting ready for the playoffs. I'm just saying I'm excited. I don't know if anybody else is excited, but I'm excited. I'm not waiting for next week. I'm trying to do it right now and that's the mentality we need to take, the whole organization, the whole building.'' - Toronto's Chris Bosh after a 111-93 victory at home over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
 

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