SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Sacramento at New Jersey (7:30 p.m. EST). The Kings are 1-10 on the road this season and the Nets are 5-9 at home.

STARS
Monday
- Mike Dunleavy, Pacers, scored 22 of his career-high 36 points in the third quarter, and Indiana beat New York 119-92.
- Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, scored 11 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lead Dallas to a 111-108 victory over Orlando.
-Dwyane Wade, Heat, scored 30 points in Miami's 91-87 win over Minnesota.

KING JAMES
LeBron James became the youngest player to score 9,000 career points during Cleveland's 104-99 double overtime win over Milwaukee on Monday night. James played 51 of 58 minutes in the marathon game and finished with 31 points.

STREAKING
Brandon Roy had 24 points and eight assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their eighth straight victory, 88-76 over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night.

SNAPPED
Grant Hill had 22 points and the Phoenix Suns handed the San Antonio Spurs their first home loss of the season, 100-95, on Monday night. ... Atlanta beat Utah 116-111, ending a nine-game losing streak against the Jazz. The Hawks had not beaten the Jazz since Oct. 31, 2002.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 39 points and had 12 rebounds, but Utah lost to Atlanta 116-111 on Monday night. ... Tim Duncan scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds in San Antonio's 100-95 loss to Phoenix. ... Rudy Gay scored 32 points, the second consecutive game in which he has surpassed 30, but Memphis lost to Golden State 125-117.

SPEAKING
``We don't grind and we don't compete like we should for 48 minutes and I've never ... a lot of things that can be said about me and teams that I've coached and the way I played, but I've never been accused of not having heart or competing. Tonight was very discouraging to me because we didn't collectively play with heart and compete like I know I do.'' - New York coach Isiah Thomas after the Knicks' 119-92 loss to Indiana on Monday night.

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