SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, March 4
New Jersey at San Antonio (8:30 p.m. EST). The Spurs are on a nine game-winning streak.

STARS
Monday
-Deron Williams, Jazz, had 20 assists to go with his 17 points in Utah's 116-110 victory over Dallas.
-Chris Paul, Hornets, scored 27 points and had a hand in three clutch baskets in the final minutes, leading New Orleans to a 100-88 victory over New York.

STUNG
New Orleans guaranteed the New York Knicks (18-42) their seventh straight losing season with a 100-88 victory Friday night.

HOME SWEET HOME
Utah won their 16th straight home game Monday night, beating Dallas 116-110. The Jazz improved to 26-3 at home, the best home record in the league.

SWINGS
Philadelphia beat Los Angeles 106-80 on Monday night, handing the Clippers their sixth straight defeat. The 76ers have won 10 of their last 13 games.

REPLAY
The NBA set guidelines for Saturday's do-over between the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat, who must complete the final 51.9 seconds of their Dec. 19 overtime game. The Hawks left the court that night with a 117-111 victory, but commissioner David Stern struck it from the books after the home team's stat crew mistakenly ruled that O'Neal, then playing for Miami, had fouled out with less than a minute to go in overtime. The NBA said Monday that both teams can fill out any openings on their 12-man active roster with players acquired since the disputed game. Miami will have the ball when the game resumes, trailing 114-111.

ON THE MEND
Gilbert Arenas will return to practice Tuesday for the Washington Wizards, the latest step in his long recovery from knee surgery. Arenas' left knee has been acting up for nearly a year. He had surgery last April and pursued an aggressive rehabilitation regimen so that he could return for the start of this season. He lasted only eight games before having two more surgical procedures on his knee on Nov. 21.

SPEAKING
``Everybody right know is fighting for their lives and fighting for a playoff spot. It was a fun game to be a part of. I wish we would have held on to that lead. We let that slip away. We knew they were going to make a run, but we should have put them away a little earlier.'' - Deron Williams after leading Utah to a 116-110 win over Dallas on Monday night.

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