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Net result: streak is 14 straight

The Nets won their 14th straight game -- the longest streak in the NBA this season -- by holding off the injury-plagued Toronto Raptors, 86-74, behind Kenyon Martin's 25 points and 15 rebounds last night in East Rutherford, N.J.

The victory was the 13th straight for coach Lawrence Frank, and it set up probably his toughest test since replacing Byron Scott as coach of the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions on Jan. 26.

New Jersey travels to Minnesota for a game tonight against Kevin Garnett and the Midwest Division-leading Timberwolves.

Only four of the Nets' wins in their franchise-record streak have come against teams with winning records. Toronto played without Jalen Rose, Vince Carter, and Alvin Williams in losing its season-high sixth straight.

Timberwolves 108, Bucks 102 -- Sam Cassell scored 29 points in his return to Milwaukee and Minnesota became the first NBA team to win 20 road games.

Cassell, who played 4 1/2 seasons with the Bucks before being traded to Minnesota along with Ervin Johnson for Joe Smith last summer, sank six free throws in the final 19 seconds to seal the Timberwolves' 10th straight victory over the Bucks.

Kings 107, Knicks 99 -- Mike Bibby scored 28 points and rookie Darius Songaila had career highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds in host Sacramento's seventh victory in eight games.

Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and Vlade Divac had 14 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds in the Kings' 29th straight home victory over Eastern Conference teams, extending their record for home wins against a conference.

Pacers 107, Warriors 96 -- Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 34 points, and Jamaal Tinsley added 13 points and 11 assists to lead host Indiana past Golden State.

Jonathan Bender again gave a strong performance with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting to help fill the void left by injured forward Ron Artest, and the Pacers shot 52 percent from the field to win their third in a row.

Spurs 86, Rockets 77 -- Tim Duncan scored 27 points, Manu Ginobili added 21, and San Antonio returned home from a seven-game trip with a victory over Houston, its eighth win in nine games.

Mavericks 116, Clippers 91 -- Antoine Walker scored 21 points, Michael Finley added 20, and Dallas beat visiting Los Angeles for the first time in three games this season.

Trail Blazers 94, Magic 91 -- Zach Randolph had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Derek Anderson scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead visiting Portland over Orlando.

Hawks 86, 76ers 75 -- Stephen Jackson scored 24 points, Chris Crawford added 19, and host Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak with its win over Philadelphia.

Jazz 99, SuperSonics 86 -- Andrei Kirilenko poured in 27 points as host Utah broke open a close game by outscoring Seattle, 26-10, in the fourth quarter to post the triumph.

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