SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Nov. 29
New York at Boston (8 p.m. EST). The Knicks look to win their first road game against a Celtics team that hasn't lost at home.

STARS
Wednesday
-Dwight Howard, Magic, had a career-high 39 points and added 16 rebounds, leading Orlando to a 110-94 win at Seattle.
-Yao Ming, Rockets, scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, helping Houston beat Phoenix 100-94.
-Tony Parker, Spurs, had 29 points and 11 assists to help San Antonio beat Washington 109-94.
-Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Dallas to a 109-103 victory over Minnesota.

OFF THE BENCH
The Atlanta Hawks pulled away late and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 96-80 on Wednesday night, including a dominant 43-7 advantage in bench scoring. Of Atlanta's six players to score in double figures, three were backups: Zaza Pachulia, 14; Josh Childress, 12 and Tyronn Lue, 11. The 43 points by the bench set a season high for Atlanta.

WINLESS
Seattle dropped its sixth straight, a 110-94 loss to Orlando on Wednesday night, remaining the only winless team at home in the NBA. The Sonics' 2-14 start matches the worst in franchise history. They began their inaugural 1967-68 season 2-14 under Al Bianchi. Seattle has lost 11 straight at home dating back to last year.
SNAPPED
Steve Nash had six assists in Phoenix's 110-94 loss to Houston on Wednesday night, ending his streak of at least 10 assists at eight games. The loss also ended the Suns' five-game home winning streak.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Al Jefferson had a season-high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Minnesota's 109-103 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night.

SPEAKING
``A win is a win. LeBron is a big part of their team, but they've still got five guys with an NBA jersey on the court.'' - Detroit Guard Richard Hamilton, who led the Pistons with 18 points in a 109-74 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday night. LeBron James sprained his left index finger in the second quarter and did not return for the Cavaliers.

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