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• RAPTORS 109, HAWKS 104: In Atlanta, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and Jalen Rose added 26 for Toronto.

Toronto, which improved to 16-5 when Bosh scores at least 20, took the lead for good after Morris Peterson's three-pointer made it 100-99 with 3:40 remaining. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak on the road for the Raptors, who are 8-27 away from Air Canada Center.

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• PISTONS 105, CELTICS 99: Rasheed Wallace had seven of his season-high 31 points in overtime to help Detroit end a three-game losing streak.

Visiting Boston has lost consecutive games after going 11-2 in its first 13 games since getting Antoine Walker in a Feb. 24 trade with Atlanta.

• HORNETS 96, GRIZZLIES 85: J.R. Smith scored a career-high 33 points as host New Orleans won its first game against a Southwest Division opponent. Smith connected on 13 of 18 shots.

New Orleans had a 20-point lead in the third period -- its biggest lead in any game this season.

• MAVERICKS 117, CAVALIERS 86: In Dallas, Michael Finley is finding out that he can still be a shooter and a scorer in the defensive-oriented system of new Dallas Coach Avery Johnson.

Finley scored 26 points, making all eight of his three-pointers, and the Mavericks got their largest margin of victory this season.

"I put two hands up, blew on his face," Cleveland's LeBron James said. "But he was in a groove."

• BULLS 100, PACERS 96: Eddy Curry scored a season-high 27 points as Chicago, playing at home, won its fifth straight game. Curry was nearly perfect in the first half -- he made all seven field goals and went 8 for 10 from the foul line, for 22 points.

"I thought Eddy was really bouncing around well out there," Bulls Coach Scott Skiles said.

• NUGGETS 113, KINGS 99: Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and host Denver improved to 21-5 under George Karl.

• JAZZ 94, BUCKS 89: Raja Bell scored a season-high 23 points, and host Utah lifted coach Jerry Sloan past Red Auerbach for sixth place on the career victory list with 939.

• TRAILBLAZERS 103, KNICKS 96: Damon Stoudamire had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Portland at home. Tim Thomas had 30 points for New York.


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