SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Boston at Atlanta (7 p.m. EST). Days after snapping Cleveland's 11-game winning streak, the Hawks will try to end the Celtics' 15-game run. Boston, off to a 23-2 start, lost three times at Atlanta during the first round of last season's playoffs.

STARS
Tuesday
-Tracy McGrady, Rockets, notched his fourth career triple-double and first this season with 20 points and season highs of 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Houston's 108-96 victory over Denver.
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored nine of his 28 points in the last 7 1/2 minutes, and Los Angeles rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat New York 116-114.
-Zach Randolph, Clippers, had 22 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles won its third straight by beating Oklahoma City 98-88.
-D.J. Augustin, Bobcats, scored a career-high 29 points while outplaying fellow rookie point guard Derrick Rose, helping Charlotte snap a seven-game losing streak with a 110-101 overtime victory over Chicago.
-Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers, scored 29 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of Portland's 109-77 victory over Sacramento.

STEALS
Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul tied the NBA record for most consecutive games with a steal on Tuesday night in a 91-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Paul's theft came after a bad pass by Grizzlies forward Darko Milicic with 3:33 left in the first quarter. That gave Paul 105 straight games with a steal, pulling him even with Alvin Robertson's mark set between November 1985 and December 1986.

SALUTE
The Portland Trail Blazers retired Terry Porter's No. 30 jersey during their game against Sacramento at the Rose Garden. Porter, who played for the Blazers from 1985-95 and is their career leader in assists (5,319), will be back in the building Thursday with his Phoenix Suns.

STRUGGLES
Chicago's Derrick Rose had a rare bad game in what's been a remarkable rookie season for the No. 1 overall pick, who was held to six points on 3-of-16 shooting in the Bulls' 110-101 overtime loss at Charlotte. Rose had a potential game-winning shot blocked by Emeka Okafor at the end of regulation and Okafor blocked him again in overtime.

STRONG LANGUAGE
Detroit Pistons guard Allen Iverson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making inappropriate comments toward a fan in a win at Charlotte. Iverson made the remarks to the fan with 6.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter during the Pistons' 90-86 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday.

SPEAKING
ed too hard or something.'' - No. 1 overall pick Derrick Rose, after being called for a foul on D.J. Augustin's 3-point attempt with 19 seconds left in regulation. Augustin made all three free throws to tie the game, and Charlotte beat Chicago 110-101 in overtime.

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