Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat got back on track, while New York kept sliding. O'Neal had 33 points and 18 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21, and the Heat limited the Knicks to two field goals in a seven-minute stretch of the first half on the way to an 102-94 win last night in Miami.
O'Neal made 14 of 21 shots, eclipsing the 30-point and 18-rebound marks for the third time this season. Wade added a game-high nine assists.
Miami led most of the way, held a 42-32 rebounding margin, and showed no ill effects from Monday's home loss to Seattle which snapped a franchise-record 14-game winning streak.
Suns 108, Rockets 98 -- Shawn Marion scored 22 points and Quentin Richardson added 18 points and 14 rebounds, leading surging Phoenix at Houston.
Amare Stoudemire finally cooled off after a torrid two-game stretch in which he scored a total of 84 points, finishing with just 19 points and nine rebounds. But his Suns teammates picked up the slack and rolled to a relatively easy victory despite coming off a draining 122-115 win at Minnesota the night before.
Steve Nash had 12 points and 13 assists, Joe Johnson had 17 points, and Casey Jacobsen tied a season high with 14 for the Suns, who won their fourth straight to improve their NBA-best record to 28-4.
Mavericks 118, Lakers 104 -- Jason Terry scored a season-high 28 points and was nearly perfect in shooting and in running host Dallas' offense.
Terry was 9 of 10 on field goals, hitting all five 3-pointers he attempted. He hit 5 of 6 free throws, and added six rebounds and five assists.
Dallas led by as many as 17 points and by at least 10 throughout the second half. The rout was a nice way for the Mavericks to cap their first three-game winning streak over the Lakers since 1986-87.
Bucks 97, Nets 74 -- Joe Smith and Mike James each scored 17 points to lead Milwaukee over visiting New Jersey.
Desmond Mason added 16 for the Bucks, who had lost three straight and eight of 11.
76ers 106, Jazz 99 -- Allen Iverson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia won in Salt Lake City for the first time in four years.
Kenny Thomas added 30 points, scoring 18 during the Sixers' 39-point opening quarter, and Marc Jackson added 14 points, making all 10 of his free throws.
Raptors 96, Kings 93 -- Chris Bosh had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Toronto to victory over Sacramento.
Bosh recorded the first back-to-back 20-point games of his career. The second-year forward tied a career-high with 25 points in Toronto's win over Orlando Monday.
Magic 105, SuperSonics 87 -- Steve Francis scored 27 of his 35 points after halftime, as host Orlando snapped a four-game losing streak.
Grant Hill scored 21 points, shooting 9 for 11, with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Cuttino Mobley added 13 points while Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 off the bench.
Cavaliers 101, Hawks 85 -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 20 of his 28 points after halftime and Cleveland shut down visiting Atlanta early in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James added 20 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds in his second game wearing a protective mask over a broken left cheek for the Cavs, who clamped down on the Hawks, blanking them, 12-0, in the first 8:16 of the final quarter.
Bobcats 102, Timberwolves 84 -- Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and an in-your-face block on Wally Szczerbiak that he converted into a fast-break layup, to lead host Charlotte.
Wallace had one of his best games as a Bobcat, turning it up during a 16-1 run that helped Charlotte break its six-game losing streak. He started the run with a free throw, and hustled upcourt after blocking Szczerbiak's shot for a layup that drew a foul. His free throw made it 87-81 with 2:26 to play.
Bulls 95, Hornets 89 -- Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points and Eddy Curry added 17, helping resurgent Chicago hand host New Orleans its ninth straight loss.
New Orleans, led by Baron Davis' 21 points, erased a 14-point deficit in the second half, but the Bulls clamped down defensively, forcing New Orleans to attempt a barrage of 3-pointers, most of which missed.