SCOREBOARD
Monday, March 23
Denver at Phoenix (10 p.m. EDT). Trying to make a late run for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Suns bring a season-high four-game winning streak into their game against the Nuggets, who have won five in a row.

STARS
Sunday
-Dwyane Wade, Heat, scored 39 points and blocked two shots in the final 30 seconds, and Miami beat short-handed Detroit 101-96.
-Kevin Durant, Thunder, scored 30 points and Oklahoma City beat Minnesota 97-90.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Cleveland won its ninth straight game, beating New Jersey 96-88 to tie a franchise record with their 57th victory.
-Chris Paul and David West, Hornets. Paul scored 27 points and West added 23 to lead New Orleans to a 99-89 victory over Golden State.
-Andre Iguodala, 76ers, made his first 10 shots and scored 27 points, and Philadelphia never trailed in beating Sacramento 112-100 to end a two-game skid.

SCORING SPREE
ption during that span came Feb. 27 at Dallas, when he logged only eight minutes after spraining his right ankle. He scored 30 in the Thunder's 97-90 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

SITTING OUT
Raptors center Andrea Bargnani missed Toronto's 100-76 victory over the Clippers with a sore left heel, ending a streak of 130 consecutive games. The only Raptors player to appear in the first 69 games this season, Bargnani had not missed a game since Dec. 9, 2007, when he sat out a home victory over Houston.

SWITCHING SPOTS
Houston beat San Antonio 87-85 to move ahead of the Spurs for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio had been the second-best team in the West for more than two months - behind the Lakers - though their lead was hardly ever safe. The Spurs, Denver, New Orleans, Portland and Utah are all within three games of Houston.

SWAT LEADER
Zydrunas Ilgauskas became the career leader in blocked shots for the Cavaliers in their 96-88 win over the Nets. Ilgauskas had four blacks and passed John ``Hot Rod'' Williams (1,200) as the Cavs' career leader with 1,202. He already became Cleveland's top rebounder earlier this season.

SWING
The Warriors, who shot a season-best 56.5 percent against Philadelphia on Friday, connected on only 13 of 43 attempts in the first half of a 99-89 loss to Golden State on Sunday.

DEFEAT
Vince Carter had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Nets in a 96-88 loss to Cleveland. ... Francisco Garcia made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for the Kings, who lost 112-100 to Philadelphia. ... Tony Parker had 22 points and 12 assists for the Spurs in an 87-85 loss to the Rockets.

SPEAKING
``I think the franchise, the team, the coaches, everybody, everybody that's associated with the Cavaliers - people that work the concession stands - everybody, we should all be proud about this. Because it's not promised every year where you get a chance to set records, franchise records, or winning divisions, things like that. Great achievement by us.'' Cleveland's LeBron James on the Cavs tying a franchise record for wins (57) with a 96-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

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