SCOREBOARD
Saturday, March 15
Sacramento at Phoenix (10 p.m. EDT). The Suns are 6-6 since trading for Shaquille O'Neal.

Sunday, March 16
L.A. Lakers at Houston (3:30 p.m. EDT). The Rockets' 21-game winning streak is the second longest in NBA history.

STARS
Friday
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 27 points and 17 assists to lead New Orleans to a 108-98 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
-Deron Williams, Jazz, had 32 points and eight assists in a 110-92 victory over the Boston Celtics.
-Richard Hamilton, Pistons, scored 25 points and made an important three-point play with 20.6 seconds left to lead Detroit to an 84-80 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

RAREFIED AIR
The Houston Rockets' 21st consecutive victory gave them the second-longest winning streak in NBA history and a share of first place in the Western Conference. Tracy McGrady scored 30 points and the Rockets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-80 on Friday night to break a tie with the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the second-best victory streak in league history. Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row, had a longer streak.

SNAPPED
Deron Williams had 32 points and eight assists, and Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 12 rebounds Friday night to lead the Utah Jazz to a 110-92 victory over Boston that snapped the Celtics' 10-game winning streak. ... San Antonio's Bruce Bowen was suspended one game by the NBA for kicking Chris Paul, ending his consecutive games streak at 500. Bowen began his streak, the longest in the NBA, on Feb. 28, 2002, and he started every game until missing the Spurs' 84-80 loss to the Pistons on Friday night. Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince took the league lead in starts with his 338th in a row.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Kobe Bryant had 36 points and nine assists for the Lakers in a 108-98 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night. ... Miami's Jason Williams scored 34 points with seven assists in a 103-94 loss to the Orlando Magic.

STREAKS
The Denver Nuggets won their fifth straight game at home, blowing out the Toronto Raptors 137-105 on Friday night.

SPEAKING
``This is pretty remarkable. I'll always remember this. I'm definitely cherishing this moment.'' - Houston's Tracy McGrady, after the Rockets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-80 on Friday night for their 21st straight victory, giving them the second-longest winning streak in NBA history and a share of first place in the Western Conference.

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