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NBA Roundup

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chris Webber’s debut and Chauncey Billups’ comeback were spoiled by a team the Detroit Pistons can’t seem to beat.

Deron Williams scored a career-high 31 points, had 10 assists and made a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to help the Utah Jazz hold off Detroit for a 100-99 victory Wednesday night.

The Pistons had a chance to win after a timeout with 5.1 seconds left, but Billups missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Mehmet Okur had 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Utah improve to 4-0 over the last two seasons against his former team and to end a four-game losing streak.

Utah’s Carlos Boozer had 20 points and nine rebounds and reserve Matt Harpring added 10 points.

Webber, who signed the previous day, was with the team for only the morning shootaround before entering the game with 10:07 left in the first half and was welcomed by a standing ovation. The five-time All-Star made his first shot before missing his next four and finished with two points, five rebounds and three assists over 17 minutes in his first game since Dec. 27.

Suns 100, Rockets 91

HOUSTON — Steve Nash had 21 points and 14 assists as Phoenix overcame an early 15-point deficit to win its 11th straight game.

Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Suns, who are 29-3 in their last 32 games. They became the second team in franchise history to have two winning streaks of more than 10 games in one season. The 1992-93 Suns had winning streaks of 14 and 11 games on their way to the NBA finals.

Wizards 99, Knicks 98

WASHINGTON — Caron Butler put home the one-handed slam with 2.2 seconds left to give the first-place Wizards their ninth straight home win and a half-game lead over Orlando in the Southeast Division.

Raptors 101, Kings 85

TORONTO — Morris Peterson scored 22 points and Chris Bosh added 20 to help Atlantic Division-leading Toronto to a victory.

Mike Bibby scored 21 points and Ron Artest had 18 for the Kings, who have lost seven straight — their longest skid since closing the 1997-98 season with seven consecutive losses.

Hawks 105, T-wolves 88

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Johnson had 29 points and eight assists to lead Atlanta to its third straight victory.

Josh Smith added 21 points and five rebounds for the Hawks, who have their longest winning streak since they won four in a row from Nov. 3-10.

Bulls 99, Bucks 90

MILWAUKEE — Andres Nocioni scored 21 points, Ben Gordon added 20 and Luol Deng had 19 to lead Chicago to its third straight victory.

It was Gordon’s seventh straight game with at least 20 points.

Grizzlies 118, 76ers 102

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Miller scored 30 points and Rudy Gay added 23 to lead the Memphis in a matchup of the NBA’s two worst teams.

Lakers 100, Spurs 96

SAN ANTONIO — Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:24 left, and the Lakers withstood a late rally to beat the Spurs.

Cavaliers 94, Cavs 76

PORTLAND, Ore. — Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers over the road-weary Cavaliers.


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