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Friday, 14 December 2007 23:18
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 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -Vince Carter matched a season high with 32 points, Richard Jefferson had 24, and the New Jersey Nets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Reserve Josh Boone added a season-high 15, even though he was 2-for-4 from the line when the Cavs intentionally fouled him on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. Boone, who threw up an airball from the line earlier, was 3-of-8 there overall.
Jason Kidd finished with eight points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Nets overcame their usual slow start at home to win for only the second time in seven games - both against Cleveland.
LeBron James had 29 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Cleveland, which has lost seven of eight, five without James.
Celtics 104, Bucks 82
BOSTON (AP) - Paul Pierce scored a season-high 32 points and Kevin Garnett had an easy 15 with seven rebounds on Friday night as the Boston Celtics overcame Ray Allen's absence to match the franchise record with a 12-0 start at home.
With Allen sitting out a game or two to rest a sore ankle, Tony Allen started and scored 11 points. Rajon Rondo scored 17 - one off his season high - with eight assists for Boston, which also won its first 12 home games in 1984 en route to the '85 NBA finals.
Garnett played just 29 minutes for the Celtics, who pulled away when they outscored Milwaukee 32-15 in the third quarter. Boston will try to set the team record Wednesday against Detroit.
Mo Williams scored 14 for the Bucks, Bobby Simmons had 11 and Yi Jianlian scored 10.
Warriors 108, Lakers 106
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Baron Davis put his usual game-breaking flair on the decisive 3-pointer with 16.8 seconds to play, and the Golden State Warriors roared from behind in the final minutes .
Davis had eight of his 22 points and a remarkable assist in the final 3:19 for the Warriors, who fed off of a playoff-worthy sellout crowd of fans in yellow T-shirts to beat Los Angeles for just the second time in 16 meetings.
Kobe Bryant scored 21 points for the Lakers, who had an eight-point lead with 3 1/2 minutes to play when the Warriors went through a 4:45 stretch with just one field goal.
Blazers 99, Jazz 91
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brandon Roy scored 29 points, Travis Outlaw had 21 and the Portland Trail Blazers won their sixth-straight game with a 99-91 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Carlos Boozer had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Jazz, who lost their sixth straight and second to Portland in a week.
James Jones had 14 points for the Trail Blazers, who last won six in a row during an eight-game streak in 2002. The Rose Garden crowd errupted as Jarrett Jack dribbled out the last few seconds of the win.
Mavericks 89, Hornets 80
DALLAS (AP) - Jason Terry scored 25 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 16, and Dallas beat cold-shooting New Orleans even with another off night from Dirk Nowitzki.
The reigning league MVP had only seven points on 2-of-8 shooting, and is 8-of-23 from the floor over the last two games. But he got some help from Josh Howard, who finished with 15.
New Orleans got within 83-78 in the final minute before Dallas put it away by hitting six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds.
Chris Paul scored 22 points for the Hornets on 9-of 21 shooting. Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Peja Stojakovic chipped in 10 points.
Magic 103, Bobcats 87
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Dwight Howard had 33 points and 18 rebounds to help Orlando snap a three-game losing streak.
Hitting the court an hour after a trade that sent starting center Primoz Brezec and forward Walter Herrmann to Detroit for center Nazr Mohammed, the Bobcats were no match for Howard inside.
Hedo Turkoglu added 22 points for the Magic, who improved to an NBA-best 12-3 on the road and snapped out of their recent doldrums after their surprising 16-4 start.
Raymond Felton scored 18 points and Gerald Wallace scored 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting for Charlotte, which blew a 13-point third-quarter lead.
Kings 109, 76ers 99
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brad Miller had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Mikki Moore tied his career-high with 24 points and the Sacramento Kings became the final NBA team to win a road game.
John Salmons contributed 19 points and Beno Udrih had 15 for the Kings, who entered the game with nine straight road losses to open a season, matching a team record set in 1987-88 and again in 1993-94.
Andre Miller scored 24 points, Willie Green added 16 and Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams had 15 apiece for Philadelphia, which had its season-best four-game win streak snapped.
Raptors 104, Pacers 93
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jason Kapono scored 17 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to its fourth straight win.
Chris Bosh had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Jose Calderon had a career-high 16 assists and 18 points for the Raptors (14-10), who overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit.
Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points and Jamaal Tinsley added 19 points and 10 assists for the Pacers (11-12).
Detroit 91, Atlanta 81
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Tayshaun Prince added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Richard Hamilton added 18 points for Detroit, which has won eight of its last 10.
Joe Johnson scored 23 and Marvin Williams added 15 for the Hawks, who only dressed 11 players. Josh Childress missed the game with a recurring groin injury and rookie Al Horford was suspended for Tuesday's flagrant foul on Toronto guard T.J. Ford.
Knicks 101, Bulls 96
CHICAGO (AP) - Luol Deng scored 29 points, Kirk Hinrich delivered the second triple-double of his career, and Chicago handed New York its fifth straight loss.
The Bulls' 16-point, fourth-quarter lead shrank to 3 in the final minute. But Hinrich hit four free throws in the final 23 seconds and Ben Gordon added two more to help seal the win.
Hinrich finished with 15 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds. His only other triple-double was against Golden State on Feb. 28, 2004.
Zach Randolph led New York with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Fred Jones scored 22, and Jamal Crawford added 18. Clippers 98, Grizzlies 91
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Chris Kaman and Corey Maggette both scored 23 points and Kaman had 16 rebounds.
Cuttino Mobley scored 17 points and had six assists for the Clippers, who sent Memphis to its sixth straight loss.
The Grizzlies were stymied by a stretch of more than 10 minutes in the second half where they did not connect on a field goal and managed only nine free throws. Memphis committed 25 turnovers.
Mike Miller scored 23 points to lead Memphis, while Hakim Warrick added 20.
SuperSonics 99, Timberwolves 88
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chris Wilcox had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help Seattle overcome a sluggish start.
Kurt Thomas added 18 for Seattle, which won its second straight on the road, and fourth game in six starts overall.
Al Jefferson had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota. Rashad McCants had 17.
The Timberwolves (3-18) have lost eight of nine, and tied the 1991-92 team for the worst 21-game start in franchise history. That team finished 15-67.
 

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