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Suns set in Salt Lake

Jazz continue as giant killers

Mehmet Okur had 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Utah beat the Phoenix Suns, 115-108, at Salt Lake City last night for the Jazz's second straight win over one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Utah, which beat San Antonio on a last-second shot by Okur Monday, rallied from an early 14-point deficit and never gave up the lead once it took it late in the second quarter.

Raja Bell returned after missing five games with inflammation in his right knee and scored 19 points, Keith McLeod finished with 10 points and 11 assists, and Matt Harpring had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz.

Phoenix had won seven in a row and 18 of 19.

Nuggets 95, Lakers 83 -- Playing in Colorado for the first time since sexual assault charges against him were dropped, Kobe Bryant had 16 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds, but was greeted by resounding boos during pregame introductions and heard them every time he touched the ball in the Lakers' loss. Denver built a big early lead and held Bryant mostly in check, ending a five-game losing streak.

"The Nuggets just collapsed and forced me to keep the ball and we just weren't hitting shots," Bryant said. "Sometimes you are going to have nights like that. You just have to move on."

Pistons 90, Hornets 76 -- Ben Wallace had a season-high 19 rebounds and 11 points as the Detroit Pistons ended the New Orleans Hornets' modest winning streak with a 90-76 victory last night at the Palace at Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Hornets (4-30) had doubled their season win total with victories over Sacramento and the Knicks, but were no match for the defending NBA champions. Chauncey Billups added 25 points for Detroit.

Heat 98, Warriors 91 -- Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 12 rebounds and visiting Miami avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Udonis Haslem added a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat, who played without top scorer Dwyane Wade, who has back spasms and a rib contusion.

Rockets 124, Mavericks 114 -- Tracy McGrady hurt a toe early, so he stayed outside and scored most of his 30 points on 3-pointers and matched his season high with 11 assists, helping visiting Houston end Dallas's six-game winning streak.

McGrady left for several minutes in the second quarter to have his left big toe bandaged. It didn't hurt his aim as he finished 6 of 8 from long range.

Clippers 103, SuperSonics 92 -- Corey Maggette had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Darrick Martin made three clutch outside shots in the final 2:21, and host Los Angeles beat the Seattle for the second time this season.

Ray Allen had 22 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds for Seattle. But Rashard Lewis, the Sonics' second-leading scorer, had a season-low 4 points in 18 minutes and sat out the second half because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Bulls 110, 76ers 78 -- Rookie Ben Gordon matched his career high with 31 points and Eddy Curry added 24 as surging Chicago routed visiting Philadelphia for its fifth straight win.

The Bulls have won 11 of their last 14 and moved within three games of .500 after an 0-9 start.

Spurs 94, Bucks 79 -- Tim Duncan scored 21 points and host San Antonio's bench contributed 31 points in a win over Milwaukee.

San Antonio, which won for the fourth time in five games, placed four players in double figures as Tony Parker added 20 points, Manu Ginobili 15, and Brent Barry 11.

Magic 87, Timberwolves 80 -- Hedo Turkoglu scored 26 points, Grant Hill added 20, and Orlando snapped its seven-game road losing streak with a victory over slumping Minnesota.

Steve Francis had 17 points for the Magic, who withstood a 19-point, 25-rebound night from Kevin Garnett to win their first road game since Dec. 10 at Golden State.

Wizards 104, Trail Blazers 100 -- Gilbert Arenas made a floating runner with 24 seconds to play, then stole an inbounds pass and converted it into a breakaway dunk in host Washington's victory over Portland.

The lead changed hands four times in the final 70 seconds, with the Trail Blazers nearly pulling off the win after coming back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit.

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