SCOREBOARD
Monday, Nov. 19
Orlando at New Orleans (8 p.m. EST). The Hornets (9-2) look to win their sixth straight game.

STARS
Saturday
-Antawn Jamison, Wizards, had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead Washington to a 109-90 win over the Blazers.
-Steve Nash, Suns, had 19 points and 15 assists in a 115-105 win over the Rockets.

RESCUE ME
Antawn Jamison had 30 points to lead the short-handed Washington Wizards over the Portland Trail Blazers 109-90 on Saturday night. About an hour before the start of the game, the Wizards said that Gilbert Arenas, who had surgery on his left knee in April, would miss the game with soreness in his knee. Jamison, who entered the night averaging 17.8 points, third on the team behind Caron Butler and Arenas, picked up for his injured teammate.

STREAKS
Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points, Morris Peterson had 18 and the Hornets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-82 Saturday night for New Orleans' fifth straight win. ... Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and Allen Iverson added 23 and the Denver Nuggets won their fifth straight game with a 115-83 victory over the New York Knicks. ... The Miami Heat beat the Nets 91-87 to send New Jersey to its fifth straight loss. ... Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd each scored 21 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-96 victory over Atlanta, extending the Hawks' road losing streak to 17 games.

SNAPPED
Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 117-97 Saturday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Josh Smith scored 38 points in Atlanta's 105-96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

SPEAKING
``These last two games are huge because our confidence is at another level. We may be the most confident team at 2 and 8 in the history of the NBA. We know where we're going. We've got our leader back and we're taking great strides in the right direction.'' - Miami's Penny Hardaway after the Heat beat the New Jersey Nets 91-87 Saturday night for their second victory of the season. The Heat - bolstered by the return of Dwyane Wade - turned in another improved effort after nearly beating undefeated Boston on Friday.

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