SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, March 19
Detroit at Cleveland (8 p.m. EDT). The Central Division-leading Pistons can just about wrap up the division with a victory over the second-place Cavaliers.

STARS
Tuesday
- Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 29 points to lead Los Angeles to a 102-100 win at Dallas.
-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, scored 25 points in Phoenix's 111-98 win over Portland.
- Kevin Martin, Kings, scored 34 points to help Sacramento to a 122-105 victory against Golden State.

CAUGHT 22
Houston's 22-game winning streak was ended by Boston in a 94-74 loss Tuesday night. The Rockets hadn't lost since a 97-89 defeat to Utah on Jan. 27 and put together the NBA's second-longest winning streak. It ended 11 victories shy of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row.

OFFENSIVE BURST
Detroit beat the Denver Nuggets 136-120 on Tuesday night. The Pistons hadn't scored 130 points in regulation since beating Denver 130-116 on March 8, 2000. The Pistons scored a season-high 73 points in the first half, getting at least four points from 10 different players.

SNAPPED
Miami snapped an 0-for-March streak with a 112-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. The Heat had lost eight in a row.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Dirk Nowitzki had 35 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high five blocks, but Dallas lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 102-100 on Tuesday night. ... LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and eight rebounds in Portland's 98-111 loss to Phoenix.

SPEAKING
``Our names will be mentioned there with Hall of Fame people. We have something to tell our kids.'' - Houston's Rafer Alston after the Rockets ended their 22-game winning streak with a 94-74 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night.

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