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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Phoenix at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST). The Suns expect to be without Shaquille O'Neal, who will attend the funeral of his 92-year-old great-grandmother, when they face his former team, the Lakers (17-3), who have the best record in the Western Conference.

STARS
Tuesday
-Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, Spurs. Duncan scored eight of his 32 points in the decisive second overtime, Parker added 29 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio beat Dallas 133-126.
-Shaquille O'Neal, Suns, scored a season-high 35 points in Phoenix's 125-110 victory over Milwaukee. It was O'Neal's first 30-point game since March 9, 2007, for Miami.
- Caron Butler, Wizards, scored 33 points as Washington overcame a miserable start to rally for a 107-94 victory over Detroit.
-Yao Ming, Rockets, scored 24 points and grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds in Houston's 92-84 victory over Atlanta.
-Drew Gooden, Bulls, had a season-high 22 points and 16 rebounds as Chicago beat New York 105-100.

SKID SNAPPED
The Kings' first victory in nine home games was one of the NBA's most improbable results of the young season and ended the Lakers' (17-3) team record-tying run to start the season. Sacramento (6-16) had lost 11 of its 12 games coming in.

RECORD SETTERS
On a night when their top two players set franchise records, the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a league mark with a 114-94 romp over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. LeBron James passed Mark Price (734) for the club's steals mark, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas surpassed Brad Daugherty (5,227) as Cleveland's career rebound leader. The Cavaliers became the first team in league history to win nine consecutive games in a single season by at least 12 points. Cleveland came in tied with Portland (1990-91), Chicago (1996-97), Detroit (2003-04) and Houston (2007-08).

ANYWHERE BUT HERE
Milwaukee lost in Phoenix on Tuesday for the 21st straight time, 125-110. The Suns matched the San Antonio Spurs' string of 21 straight home victories over Golden State for the longest active streak. The last Milwaukee victory in Phoenix came on Feb. 21, 1987, when the Suns played in Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the city's West Side. ... The Hawks have lost 10 straight in Houston after Tuesday's 92-84 loss.

ONE GAME DOWN, 20 YEARS TO GO?
playing on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Sloan's promotion to the team's head coach. The Timberwolves have changed coaches four times in the last four years after McHale replaced Randy Wittman. Their latest move was the 223rd coaching change in the NBA since Sloan became coach of the Jazz on Dec. 9, 1988.

NEW LOOK, SAME RESULT
Detroit debuted its new lineup in Washington, but lost for the fourth time in five games and dropped to 7-9 since the trade for Allen Iverson. Iverson started at shooting guard, Richard Hamilton moved to small forward, Tayshaun Prince moved to power forward and Rasheed Wallace replaced center Kwame Brown, who was benched. Rodney Stuckey started at point guard.

SPEAKING
``They keep feeding me like that, those are the type of numbers that they can expect out of me. But sometimes I get those shots and sometimes I don't.'' - Shaquille O'Neal, after scoring a season-high 35 points in the Phoenix Suns' 125-110 victory over Milwaukee. O'Neal hit 14 of 19 shots from the floor and 7-of-12 from the line in his first 30-point game since March 9, 2007, for Miami against Minnesota.
 

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