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Friday, 12 December 2008 22:11
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, Dec. 13
Detroit at Charlotte (7 p.m. EST). Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary are expected to make their Charlotte debuts after being acquired earlier in the week in a deal that sent Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley to Phoenix.

STARS
Friday
-Zach Randolph and Baron Davis, Clippers. Randolph scored a season-high 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Davis added 27 points in a 120-112 double-overtime victory at Portland.
-Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Celtics. Pierce scored 28 points and Garnett had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Boston beat New Orleans 94-82 for its 14th straight victory.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in an 88-72 win over Philadelphia, Cleveland's club record-tying 11th consecutive victory.
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 32 points in a 112-103 victory over Sacramento that avenged Los Angeles' loss at Arco Arena earlier in the week.
-Grant Hill, Suns, made a reverse layup with 2.7 seconds left to lift Phoenix to a 113-112 win over Orlando.
Golden State.
-Rudy Gay and Hakim Warrick, Grizzlies. Gay scored 29 points and Warrick added 21 in a 103-96 victory over Chicago.

STREAKS
Boston's 94-82 victory over New Orleans on Friday night was the Celtics' 14th straight win. The defending champions improved to a league-best 22-2. ... Cleveland matched a franchise record with its 11th consecutive win, 88-72 over Philadelphia. The Cavaliers, now 19-1 since starting the season 1-2, didn't get their 20th win until Jan. 15 last season and were 10-13 after 23 games. ... Phoenix beat Orlando for the sixth straight time, 113-112.
STRONG IN DEFEAT
Danny Granger scored a career-high 42 points in Indiana's 114-110 loss to Detroit on Friday night, the Pacers' fifth straight defeat. ... Brandon Roy scored a career-high 38 points in Portland's 120-112 double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Chris Paul had 20 points and 14 assists and David West had 23 points and 14 rebounds in New Orleans' 94-82 loss at Boston. ... John Salmons scored 26 points in a 112-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 26 points in a 103-96 loss at Memphis. ... Al Jefferson had 29 points and 13 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 98-86 loss to San Antonio, their eighth in a row and third straight since Kevin McHale took over as coach on Monday.

HOMECOMING
11 assists in Chicago's 103-96 loss to the Grizzlies in his return to Memphis, where he led the Tigers to last season's NCAA championship game. Rose, the No. 1 pick in June's NBA draft, got a nice ovation when he was introduced, and there were a number of his old University of Memphis jerseys in the crowd.

STATUS
Dwight Howard scored 19 points in 22 minutes for Orlando on Friday night before leaving with 8:36 left in the third quarter because of a sore left knee. The Magic lost 113-112 at Phoenix as the Suns' Grant Hill made a reverse layup with 2.7 seconds left. Howard said there was only soreness and no apparent structural damage. ... Trail Blazers forward Travis Outlaw missed Portland's 120-112 double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night because of a bruised tailbone. Outlaw took a hard fall the previous night during a loss at Utah. He also bruised his right hip, and is considered day-to-day.

SIGNED
The Charlotte Bobcats signed Juwan Howard on Friday, three days after reaching an agreement with the veteran forward. The move came as new Bobcats Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary reported to the team for physicals. They were acquired Wednesday in a trade that sent top scorer Jason Richardson and forward Jared Dudley to Phoenix. Howard had been without a job since being released by Denver after the Allen Iverson trade last month.

SPEAKING
``We should be proud of this. But there's a lot of work still to do. It's a long season. We have to continue get better and continue to work.'' - Cavs star LeBron James, after Cleveland beat Philadelphia 88-72 Friday night to tie a franchise record with its 11th straight win. The Cavaliers are 19-1 since losing two of their first three games.
 

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