NBA notebook

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 8, 2006

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE — Tracy McGrady scored 23 points, Yao Ming added 21 and the Houston Rockets allowed the fewest points in franchise history in a 92-62 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

Raymond Felton scored 16 points and was the only player in double figures for the Bobcats.

Rookie Adam Morrison was the poster boy for Charlotte’s offensive problems, scoring two points on 1-of-11 shooting. In the past three games, Morrison has shot 3 of 26. But he wasn’t alone: Charlotte missed 22 of its first 27 shots.

T-wolves 110, Jazz 103

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett had a season-high 31 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Minnesota over Utah 110-103, spoiling Jerry Sloan’s bid for 1,000 wins.

Pistons 87, Magic 83

ORLANDO, Fla. — Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting, leading the Detroit Pistons to an 87-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in a matchup of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Suns 116, Celtics 111

BOSTON — Shawn Marion scored 29 points and Steve Nash added 16 points and 14 assists to help Phoenix extend its winning streak to nine games.

Pacers 108, Blazers 95

INDIANAPOLIS — Jamaal Tinsley had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead Indiana.

Wizards 113, 76ers 98

PHILADELPHIA — With Allen Iverson barred from the building Philadelphia couldn’t overcome Washington’s Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler.

Arenas finished with 32 points, and Butler had 20.

Bucks 100, Grizzlies 94

MILWAUKEE — Ruben Patterson scored a season-high 30 points and Michael Redd added 25 to lead Milwaukee over Memphis.

Bulls 93, Raptors 90

CHICAGO — Luol Deng scored 25 points and Chicago hung on to beat Toronto for its seventh straight victory.

Spurs 111, Clippers 82

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had a career-high 15 assists and Manu Ginobili scored 22 points.

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