SCOREBOARD
Monday, Nov. 24
San Antonio at Memphis (8 p.m. EST). The Spurs have won four of their last five games to improve to 6-6. Memphis (4-9) has lost two straight.

STARS
Saturday
-David West and Chris Paul, Hornets. West scored a season-high 33 points, Paul had 29 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in New Orleans' 109-97 win over Oklahoma City.
-Dwyane Wade, Heat, shook off flu-like symptoms to score 38 points in Miami's 109-100 victory over Indiana.
-Quentin Richardson, Knicks, had 34 points and 12 rebounds in New York's 122-117 victory over Washington. He made seven 3-pointers, two shy of the franchise record.
-Shaquille O'Neal, Suns, had 19 points and 17 rebounds in Phoenix's 102-92 victory over Portland.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half in Cleveland's 110-96 victory over Atlanta. He also had eight assists and seven rebounds.
-Yao Ming, Rockets, had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help Houston beat Orlando 100-95.
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SACKED
The Oklahoma City Thunder fired coach P.J. Carlesimo on Saturday, a day after dropping to an NBA-worst 1-12 start in their new city. The Thunder lost their first game under interim coach Scott Brooks on Saturday night, falling 109-97 at New Orleans to extend their losing streak to 11 games.

STARTS
Cleveland has won nine of its last 10 to improve to 10-3 and match its best start since the 1988-89 season. ... Washington has lost five straight to drop to 1-10, the franchise's worst since the 1966 Baltimore Bullets also opened 1-10. ... Atlanta has lost five of seven after opening 6-0.

SIDELINED
Toronto forward Jermaine O'Neal didn't practice Saturday and was listed as day-to-day after straining his surgically repaired left knee against New Jersey on Friday night. ... Milwaukee scoring leader Michael Redd could be sidelined another week because of a right ankle injury. He was injured Nov. 2.

SPEAKING
``I'm the shogun. And before you get to the shogun, you've got to go through a lot of ninjas. He has to go through Dwight Howard and Yao Ming and by that time, I'll be out of here.'' - Shaquille O'Neal after his first game against Portland rookie Greg Oden. O'Neal had 19 points and 17 rebounds in Phoenix's 102-92 victory Saturday night.

and now this year is tough to deal with. If we continue to work hard, things will start to turn around for us.'' - Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant after the Thunder fired coach P.J. Carlesimo on Saturday.

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