Jason Kidd tied a season-high with 15 assists and Richard Jefferson had 20 points to help the New Jersey Nets set a franchise-record with their 12th straight victory, 91-72, over the Raptors last night in Toronto.
New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank improved to 11-0. Frank set an NBA record for the best start to a coaching career with his his 10th straight win Wednesday.
Jazz 92, Knicks 78 -- Stephon Marbury did not have a happy 27th birthday, getting booed at Madison Square Garden in a fiasco.
Facing a Utah Jazz team that exposed their new weakness -- outside shooting, the Knicks played one of their worst games of the Isiah Thomas era and lost.
Heat 125, Hawks 92 -- Eddie Jones scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 as Miami built its biggest first-half lead in team history (73-42) en route to the win over the undermanned visitors from Atlanta.
Lakers 116, 76ers 88 -- Shaquille O'Neal had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Kobe Bryant added 28 points to lead the host Lakers to their third straight win.
Pacers 96, Wizards 87 -- Reggie Miller scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarterand Jamaal Tinsley hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:10 to give Indiana the victory at Washington.
Cavaliers 89, Spurs 87 -- LeBron James scored 32 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas made a key putback in the final minute, and host Cleveland caught Tim Duncan on an off night.
Timberwolves 88, Pistons 87 -- Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead visiting Minnesota to its fifth straight victory.
Kings 91, Bulls 83 -- Peja Stojakovic scored 24 points and Vlade Divac had 11 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Sacramento.
Magic 102, Nuggets 98 -- Juwan Howard had 24 points and Drew Gooden added 16 points and 12 rebounds to help host Orlando overcome Tracy McGrady's ejection and beat Denver.
Grizzlies 97, Suns 92 -- Pau Gasol had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocked shots and host Memphis handed Phoenix its seventh straight loss.
Trail Blazers 94, Warriors 93 -- Zach Randolph scored 19 points and made a layup with 1.8 seconds left for visiting Portland.