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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Nov. 20
Detroit at Boston (8 p.m. EST). Kevin Garnett returns from a one-game suspension for the NBA champion Celtics. Detroit beat Cleveland on Wednesday night.

STARS
Wednesday
-Al Jefferson, Timberwolves, scored six of his 25 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes to help Minnesota snap an eight-game losing streak with a 102-96 win over Philadelphia.
-Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks. Terry scored 31 points, and Nowitzki added 24 points and 12 rebounds in Dallas' 96-86 victory over Houston.
-Cuttino Mobley and Chris Kaman, Clippers. Mobley scored 12 of his season-high 23 points during a 23-4 third-quarter run and had a career-high seven steals, and Kaman scored a season-high 25 points and added 14 rebounds in Los Angeles' 108-88 victory over Oklahoma City.
-Andrea Bargnani and Jermaine O'Neal, Raptors. Bargnani scored a season-high 25 points, and O'Neal had 16 points and 17 rebounds in Toronto's 101-95 win over Miami.
-John Salmons, Kings, scored 29 points in Sacramento's 105-96 win over New Orleans.
-C.J. Miles, Jazz, scored a season-high 25 points in Utah's 105-94 victory over Milwaukee.

SUPERSTAR
Dwyane Wade had season highs of 40 points and 11 assists, and added a career-best five blocks in Miami's 101-95 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night. Since blocks became an official stat, the only other player to have a 40-10-5 effort was Alvan Adams of the Phoenix Suns, who had 47 points, 12 assists and five blocks against Buffalo on Feb. 22, 1977, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

STARTS
Greg Oden had 11 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in his home debut for Portland in the Trail Blazers' 116-74 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night. Sidelined all of last season by a knee injury after being drafted first overall, Oden entered the game to a standing ovation with 4:28 left in the first quarter - and dunked 21 seconds later. The 7-footer had his third double-double in four games after missing six of Portland's first seven because of a foot injury.

STATUS
Houston center Yao Ming sat out the Rockets' loss to Dallas on Wednesday night because of a a sore left foot, an injury the six-time All-Star said wasn't serious. Dallas guard Josh Howard missed the game because of a left ankle injury. ... Atlanta center Al Horford was held out against Washington because of a sprained right ankle.

SPEAKING
``That's how I play. I've done it all my career. I don't mind taking the big shots. I like that pressure.'' - former New Orleans guard Bobby Jackson after scoring all eight of his points in the final 5:10 to help the injury-depleted Sacramento Kings beat the Hornets 105-96 on Wednesday night.
 

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