SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Nov. 27
New Orleans at Denver (10:30 p.m. EST). Chris Paul and the Hornets, on a three-game winning streak, visit Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets, who are 5-1 at home.

STARS
Wednesday
- Chris Bosh, Raptors, had 39 points and 11 rebounds in Toronto's 93-86 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
-Deron Williams, Jazz, had 11 points and 15 assists in his return to the lineup, leading Utah over Memphis 117-110.
-Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and hit a go-ahead jumper with 1:15 remaining to help Denver beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-105.
-Rajon Rondo, Celtics, scored a season-high 22 points in Boston's sixth consecutive victory, 119-111 over Golden State.
-Rashard Lewis, Magic, scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left to lead Orlando over Philadelphia 96-94.
-Shaquille O'Neal, Suns, had 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks as Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak in Minnesota with a 110-102 victory over the Timberwolves.

TAKE A SEAT
ts in Cleveland's 117-82 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. James also played 17 minutes in a game against Houston on Dec. 29, 2004, his second season in the league - a game in which he sustained a bone bruise near his left eye after being elbowed by Dikembe Mutombo.

LIKE A ROSE
The Portland Trail Blazers are 6-0 at the Rose Garden after scoring a season-high 37 points in the first quarter and leading by as many as 40 points in a 106-68 win over the Miami Heat. After narrowly winning its first three home games this season, Portland has won two of its last three by at least 38 points. Last week, the Blazers beat Chicago by a season-high 42 points. Portland's best home start was during the 1977-78 season, when it won its first 26 games.

WASTED EFFORTS
e 27 points and O.J. Mayo had 22 on 10-of-15 shooting, but the Grizzlies lost their fourth straight and their eighth in nine games, 117-100 in Memphis.

SPEAKING
``He's a great player, an Olympic gold medalist, a hard worker and he's the general of this team. He's been out most of the season, but with the general back, he generated energy with his teammates.'' - Memphis guard O.J. Mayo, after Deron Williams returned to Utah's lineup and had 11 points and 15 assists Wednesday in a 117-100 victory over the Grizzlies.

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