NBA Roundup

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 17, 2009

Associated Press
The NBA roundup …
CHARLOTTE ó Gerald Wallace had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Emeka Okafor hit the clinching free throws with 2.7 seconds left in overtime and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-97 on Saturday for their third straight win.
Okafor had 22 points and 11 rebounds, outplaying foul-plagued Greg Oden as the Bobcats used tough defense over the final minute to secure their longest winning streak since March.
Rockets 93, Heat 86
HOUSTON ó Yao Ming set a Houston record by going 12-for-12 from the field, and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Rafer Alston added a season-high 22 points to help the Rockets improve to 2-1 since Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest were shelved to recover from injuries.
Yao’s perfect shooting night eclipsed Joe Meriweather’s 10-for-10 game against Atlanta in 1976.
Yao’s only miss came at the free-throw line, where he was 2-for-3.
76ers 107, Knicks 97
NEW YORKó Andre Iguodala had 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers returned to .500 with their seventh straight victory, 107-97 over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Andre Miller added 27 points and eight assists for the 76ers.
Spurs 92, Bulls 87
CHICAGO ó Tony Parker had 20 points and eight assists to lead San Antonio to its 11th victory in 14 games.
Tim Duncan added 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the Spurs bounce back after their worst loss of season, a 109-87 setback in Philadelphia on Friday night.
Hornets 91, Pistons 85
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Chris Paul had 23 points and 14 assists to help New Orleans hand Detroit its fifth straight loss.
David West added 20 points for the Hornets, who had six players in double figures. Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 20 points.
Celtics 105, Nets 85
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Ray Allen scored 25 points, nine during Boston’s opening 18-2 run, in the Celtics’ fourth straight win.
Paul Pierce and Eddie House each added 13 points for the Celtics.

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