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Monday, 29 December 2008 23:16
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Tuesday, Dec. 30
Cleveland at Miami (7:30 p.m. EST). LeBron James is hoping to celebrate his 24th birthday with a win over Olympic teammate Dwyane Wade and the Heat.

STARS
Monday
-Shaquille O'Neal, Suns, had 28 points to move into ninth place on the NBA's career scoring list, and grabbed 12 rebounds as Phoenix beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-102.
-Derrick Rose, Bulls, had 21 points and a season-high 13 assists, helping Chicago to a 100-87 victory over New Jersey.
-Al Jefferson, Timberwolves, scored a season-high 38 points, including nine in overtime, and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a 108-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
-Antawn Jamison, Wizards, scored a season-high 30 points, and Washington snapped a five-game road losing streak with an 89-87 win over the listless Houston Rockets.

SUSPENDED
knee, is averaging 4.3 points in 13 games in his first season with the Clippers.

SHORT STINT
Two-time MVP Steve Nash was limited to 9 minutes before he was forced to leave the Phoenix Suns' 110-102 victory at Oklahoma City with back spasms. The point guard wasn't sure if he could play Tuesday against Memphis but hoped to return when the Suns face the Clippers on Friday. It's the second game this season Nash has left because of back spasms. He also exited in the final 5 minutes of a 105-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 20.

SHOCKER
A numbers of streaks were snapped with Washington's surprising 89-87 victory in Houston. Besides ending a five-game road losing streak, the Wizards halted a seven-game losing streak to the Rockets and won in Houston for the first time since 2001. Houston, one of the best teams in the Western Conference, had a seven-game home winning streak snapped by the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

STEALING THE SHOW
zlies, as Mayo entered averaging more than 20 points and Love 7.5. But Love held his own Monday and contributed down the stretch, with his 17 points the first time he was in double figures since Dec. 10 against Denver. Mayo finished with 23 points.

SPEAKING
``I've been telling them all year: `When they get it to me and let me do what I do, I can still put up those numbers.' Just because I'm 35, sometimes they think that he's old, he can't do it. Guys were looking for me, and I was just doing what I do.'' - Suns star Shaquille O'Neal, after scoring 28 points and moving past Dominique Wilkins into ninth place on the NBA's career scoring list.
 

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