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Washington fend off Detroit to stay in front in East

Washington fend off Detroit to stay in front in East

Raja Bell scored 27 points to lead all five Phoenix starters in double figures, and the Suns set a franchise record with their 16th straight victory by beating the scrappy Milwaukee Bucks 98-90 on Friday night.
Shawn Marion grabbed 23 rebounds and Steve Nash had 16 assists for the seemingly unstoppable Suns, who have won 32 of 34 overall. They had a 15-game winning streak earlier this season, a run that ended with a 144-139 overtime loss to Washington on Dec. 22.
The victory gave Phoenix a tie for the 10th-longest winning streak in NBA history and the longest since the Los Angeles Lakers reeled off 19 straight wins in 2000. Phoenix, which struggled to put away the short-handed Bucks, plays at Cleveland on Sunday in the fourth stop of its five-game road trip.
The Suns, now 19-1 against the East, improved to 11-0 on the road against the Eastern Conference, the best mark since the 1994-95 Utah Jazz went 11-0.
Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points for Phoenix and Nash had 18.
Milwaukee, which has lost six straight and 11 of 12, was led by Charlie Bell with 21 points. Charlie Villanueva, who returned after missing 11 games because of right shoulder tendinitis, didn't start but finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Wizards 99, Pistons 96
At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 35 points and Gilbert Arenas had 25 to help Washington hold off Detroit, taking over the best record in the Eastern Conference at the midway point of the season.
Jamison, who had a pair of three-point plays midway through the fourth quarter, made a 3-pointer with 50.1 seconds left to give the Wizards a 95-94 lead.
Detroit's Chauncey Billups and Washington's Caron Butler each made two free throws on the next two possessions and the Pistons called timeout with 15.5 seconds left.
They called a play that set up Rasheed Wallace for an open 3-pointer, but he missed it. Butler grabbed the rebound and made two free throws to put Washington ahead by three.
After another timeout, Wallace was well covered on a botched play that ended up with him missing a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Richard Hamilton scored 27 points for the Pistons and Billups had 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards took control in the third with a 20-6 run and took a 72-64 lead into the fourth.
The Wizards (25-17) have won five of six. Detroit (24-17) lost for the first time in four games with Chris Webber in the starting lineup.
Knicks 116, Heat 96
At New York, Jamal Crawford connected on 16 straight shots from the field and scored a career-high 52 points, leading New York over Miami.
Four nights after allowing 27 consecutive points in an embarrassing loss to a Miami team that was without Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, the Knicks took control with a run that was nearly as spectacular.
Crawford missed his first four shots, then didn't misfire again until 2:16 remained in the third quarter. The Knicks had a 20-point lead by then on their way to snapping a two-game skid.
Crawford finished 20-of-30 from the field and 8-for-10 from 3-point range, helping the Knicks shoot 53.6 percent. He left to a standing ovation with 6:51 remaining.
Wade scored 37 points for the Heat, who lost for the fourth time in five games. O'Neal scored 11 in 15 minutes. He rejoined the starting lineup in his second game back after missing 35 in a row because of knee surgery. Alonzo Mourning was inactive because of flulike symptoms.
Stephon Marbury returned from a sore knee and had a season-high 13 assists for the Knicks, but starting center Eddy Curry was sidelined after leaving Wednesday's loss to Phoenix with a strained left calf.
Spurs 112, Grizzlies 96
At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 26 points, 13 rebounds and a career-best nine blocked shots, leading San Antonio past Memphis.
Tony Parker added 18 points and Manu Ginobili 17 for the Spurs, who won for the eighth time in 11 games. Michael Finley had 15 points and Brent Barry 13.
Hakim Warrick scored 27 points to pace the Grizzlies, who played without center Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) and dropped to 11-33 _ the worst record in the NBA. Eddie Jones had 17 points.
San Antonio squandered a 15-point halftime lead and fell behind early in the fourth quarter before going on a game-clinching 19-3 run to win their last home game before a three-week road trip.
Cavaliers 105, 76ers 97
At Philadelphia, Drew Gooden scored 21 points, Larry Hughes added 16 and Cleveland relied on a balanced offense without injured LeBron James, rallying from 17 points down to beat Philadelphia.
Donyell Marshall had 17 points and nine assists and Damon Jones finished with 15 points for the Cavaliers, who had dropped five of six _ including a double-overtime loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Daniel Gibson stepped up for Cleveland, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter.
The loss spoiled another balanced effort by the 76ers and a triple-double for Andre Miller, who grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with 12 points and 13 assists.
Andre Iguodala finished with 22 points Philadelphia, which had its two-game winning streak halted.
James missed his first game of the season because of a sore big toe on his right foot. Cleveland coach Mike Brown said early Friday that he expects James to be available for Sunday's home game against Phoenix.
Hawks 93, Magic 90
At Orlando, Florida, Joe Johnson scored a season-high 39 points, Josh Smith had 24 and Atlanta rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Orlando.
Johnson scored 26 points in the second half, when Atlanta shot 58 percent to overtake the Magic.
Dwight Howard led Orlando with 19 points, but he missed six free throws in the fourth quarter. Tony Battie added a season-high 14 points and eight rebounds while Jameer Nelson also had 14 points.
Atlanta trailed 55-41 at halftime, then stormed back to take an 81-79 lead on Lorenzen Wright's only basket of the game with 6:31 left. The Magic regained the lead briefly when Howard made two free throws to put Orlando up 86-85 with 3:49 to go, but the advantage was short-lived.
The Magic center missed his next four free throws and Johnson scored six straight points to put Atlanta ahead 91-86 with 59 seconds to play.
Raptors 96, Celtics 90
At Toronto, Chris Bosh had 26 points and Anthony Parker added a career-high 23 to lead Toronto past injury-riddled Boston.
The Raptors went on a 19-0 fourth-quarter run as the Celtics went more than six minutes without scoring.
The Atlantic-Division leading Raptors reached .500 (22-22) this late in the season for the first time since Feb. 2003.
Toronto finished 4-1 on a homestand during which it played four teams with records below. 500.
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost 10 straight _ their longest skid since losing 10 in a row from March 20 to April 7 in 2000.
The Celtics are missing Paul Pierce, Wally Szczerbiak and Tony Allen.
Hornets 88, Kings 84
At New Orleans, Desmond Mason scored 24 points and Bobby Jackson added 15 against his former team to help New Orleans hold off Sacramento.
Devin Brown, filling in for injured guard Chris Paul, scored 14 for New Orleans. He hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock ticked down and a clutch free throw, both in the final 30 seconds, to thwart a Mike Bibby-led charge by the Kings.
Bibby and Kevin Martin each scored 21 points for the Kings, who tied it at 82 with about 1:30 to go after Bibby's jumper behind Brad Miller's screen.
Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, and his basket inside gave the Hornets the lead for good at 84-82 as they snapped a two-game slide.
John Salmons scored 14 points and Ron Artest grabbed 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which had won two straight and three of four.
Rockets 99, Trail Blazers 69
At Houston, Tracy McGrady scored 17 of his 28 points in the decisive third quarter and Houston beat Portland.
McGrady, named to his seventh All-Star team on Thursday, helped the Rockets pull away for their second consecutive victory after three straight losses.
Zach Randolph scored 13 points and was the lone double-figure scorer for the Trail Blazers, who shot a season-low 36 percent (26-of-72) from the field and were outrebounded 47-32. Portland has lost four straight road games and six of its last seven.
Shane Battier added 15 points and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who improved to 12-0 when they hold an opponent under 80 points.
Jazz 116, Nuggets 111
At Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 25 points and 19 rebounds, and Utah beat Denver to hand the Nuggets their first loss since Carmelo Anthony rejoined the team.
The top two clubs in the Northwest Division both shot better than 50 percent, but the Jazz were stronger in the fourth quarter. They scored the final six points, finally shutting down Allen Iverson and Anthony in the last minute.
Iverson had 33 points and six assists, and Anthony scored 37 in his third game back since serving a 15-game suspension. Marcus Camby added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.
Utah lost Andrei Kirilenko to a sprained ankle in the second quarter but extended its cushion to five games over the second-place Nuggets.
SuperSonics 102, Timberwolves 100
At Seattle, Ray Allen had 25 of his 36 points in the second half and rookie Mickael Gelabale scored three of Seattle's final four points to help the SuperSonics rally past Minnesota.
Gelabale finished with 17 points and the Sonics came back from a five-point deficit with 1:11 left. He hit an open 16-footer with 29 seconds remaining to tie it at 100, then put Seattle ahead by making the first of two free throws with 11 seconds to go.
Minnesota had a chance to give new coach Randy Wittman his first win, but Kevin Garnett was forced to pass and Trenton Hassell missed an open 18-footer with 3 seconds left. Earl Watson was fouled with 0.3 seconds to go and made the second free throw for the final margin.
Rookie Craig Smith scored a career-high 26 points off the bench for Minnesota, but he fouled Gelabale with 11 seconds left after Garnett missed a 10-footer in the lane.
Garnett finished with 17 points. The Timberwolves dropped their sixth straight and fell to 0-2 under Wittman.
Bobcats 106, Lakers 97, OT
Ay Los Angeles, Matt Carroll scored 24 points, Emeka Okafor had 20 points and 18 rebounds, and Charlotte beat Los Angeles in overtime.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points, becoming at 28 years and 156 days the youngest player in NBA history to reach 18,000 points. His 3-pointer sent Los Angeles to OT for the sixth time this season.
The Lakers' second overtime loss to Charlotte in nearly a month ended their six-game home winning streak. Gerald Wallace added 18 points for the Bobcats.
Lamar Odom had 12 points and seven rebounds in his return to the Lakers from a sprained right knee. Odom, who started, had been out since Dec. 12. Rookie Andrew Bynum had 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.


Updated : 2020-12-02 21:52 GMT+08:00