NBA ROUNDUP | Sunday's games



Raptors 84, Hornets 76
TORONTO -- Vince Carter had 26 points, including a buzzer-beater from beyond half-court at the end of the third quarter, and Toronto ended a seven-game home losing streak. Carter capped a 19-4 run by making his 41-foot 3-pointer that hit off the backboard. Toronto native Jamaal Magloire had a career-high 21 rebounds and 23 points for the Hornets, who have lost six of nine. Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.
Rockets 101, Mavericks 98
HOUSTON -- Yao Ming scored 29 points, including five in the final 45 seconds, as Houston snapped a six-game losing streak to Dallas. The Mavericks lost their third game in a row but almost fought back against the Rockets, who had to overcome 30 turnovers. Dirk Nowitzki had nine of Dallas' 20 steals.
Knicks 99, Wizards 86
WASHINGTON -- Stephon Marbury had 24 points and 13 assists, and New York's front-court controlled the boards. Allan Houston added 23 points as the Knicks won their third straight following six-game losing streak. Gilbert Arenas scored 28 points, and Juan Dixon had 25 as the Wizards' back-court held its own, but Washington was outrebounded 35-23 through three quarters -- including 11-4 on the offensive boards.
Lakers 94, Nets 88
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal went 10-of-14 from the foul line and scored 32 points in the Lakers' first game since Kobe Bryant went out with a shoulder injury. Gary Payton added 18 points for the Lakers, while Bryant and Karl Malone watched from the bench. The Nets' Jason Kidd missed his fourth straight game because of bruised left knee, hurt in a 100-83 loss to the Lakers in New Jersey on Feb. 29.
Kings 107, Magic 90
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 12 of his 28 points in the third quarter, and Sacramento shook off early sluggishness. Mike Bibby had 26 points, while Brad Miller added 22 with 12 rebounds. Sacramento, the NBA leader in assists, had 30 on 38 field goals. The Kings also made all 24 of their foul shots.
Celtics 80, Timberwolves 77
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jiri Welsch scored 18 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to lead Boston to its fifth consecutive victory. Chris Mihm had 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Chucky Atkins added 12 points for Boston, which has won five straight after losing 12 of its first 13 games under interim coach John Carroll. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Michael Olowokandi added his first double-double of the season, but Minnesota lost consecutive games for just the third time this season.
Pistons 86, SuperSonics 65
SEATTLE -- Rasheed Wallace scored 18 points and Detroit became the first team in the NBA's shot-clock era to hold three consecutive opponents under 70 points. The Sonics' 65 points tied the franchise low. Ben Wallace had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons won for the seventh time in eight games. Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points for the Pistons.
Grizzlies 95, Warriors 85
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Williams scored 13 of his 17 points during a decisive third-quarter run in Memphis' fifth straight victory. Bonzi Wells had 18 points for the Grizzlies. Shane Battier scored nine of his 15 points in the third quarter. Pau Gasol added 14 points and eight rebounds. Jason Richardson scored 17 points and Clifford Robinson had 15 for the Warriors.
Clippers 91, Trail Blazers 71
LOS ANGELES -- Elton Brand had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Clippers overcame an injury to Quentin Richardson to end a four-game losing streak. Corey Maggette had 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the Clippers. Darius Miles had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Derek Anderson scored 22 for Portland. The Blazers played without leading scorer Zach Randolph, who received a one-game suspension Sunday from the NBA for taking a swing at Utah's Raja Bell Saturday.
Pacers 103, Nuggets 94
DENVER -- Indiana won its fifth straight game and clinched a playoff berth. Jermaine O'Neal had 31 points and 10 rebounds and Anthony Johnson added 21 points. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points for Denver. Voshon Lenard and Andre Miller had 12 each for the Nuggets, who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine.
Source: Associated Press

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