Phoenix holds off Magic's late rally


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

PHOENIX — Boris Diaw fell a rebound shy of a triple-double and the Phoenix Suns held off a late Orlando rally to beat the Magic 107-101 Saturday night for their ninth victory in a row.

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Phoenix guard Boris Diaw (3) goes to the basket against Orlando center Darko Milicic (31) during the second quarter in Phoenix.

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Diaw had 19 points and 11 assists to help the Suns improve to 17-1 against Eastern Conference foes this season. Steve Nash scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half for Phoenix and had eight assists.

Jameer Nelson scored 26 points, 16 in the third quarter, and Hedo Turkoglu added 18 for the Magic, who had six players in double figures.

Phoenix also put six in double digits. Shawn Marion scored 16, Raja Bell 15 and Amare Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa 12 apiece.

TIMBERWOLVES 109, NETS 98

Kevin Garnett scored 32 points and surpassed 10,000 rebounds for his career as host Minnesota won a game by more than six points for the first time this season.

Garnett pulled down 14 rebounds to become the 32nd player in league history to reach the milestone. Mark Blount added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who used a 12-1 run midway through the fourth quarter to win for the ninth time in 12 games.

For the first time this season, the Wolves won a game by more than six points and improved to 6-1 in 2007.

Jason Kidd had 24 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, falling short of his second triple-double in a row for the Nets, who led by five points entering the fourth.

SPURS 93, WIZARDS 80

Manu Ginobili scored 19 points to lead host San Antonio to a victory over Washington, which lost coach Eddie Jordan to an ejection.

Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Parker had 13 points and 10 boards. Fabricio Oberto had five points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Spurs' impressive defensive effort.

Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 17 points, well below his average of 30 per game. Antonio Daniels had 12 points, Antawn Jamison added 11 and Caron Butler and Andray Blatche had 10 apiece. Butler also had 12 boards.

BULLS 111, GRIZZLIES 66

Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 18 as host Chicago had its easiest victory of the season despite missing starters Andres Nocioni and Ben Wallace.

Nocioni was suspended for one game by the NBA for elbowing New Jersey's center Mikki Moore on Thursday and Wallace missed the game with a sore back.

Kirk Hinrich added 20 points and eight assists for Chicago, which won for just the second time in seven games.

Pau Gasol had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.

BOBCATS 89, 76ERS 83

Adam Morrison scored 17 points, and host Charlotte overcame a pregame blunder that left it a man short and two more costly technical fouls.

Derek Anderson added 15 points and Raymond Felton had 14 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who won their season-high third straight game despite losing backup point guard Jeff McInnis late in the first quarter thanks to a bizarre scoring mistake. The team turned in the wrong official roster before the game that did not include the newly acquired McInnis as an active player, leading to his ejection.

Willie Green scored 19 points and Kyle Korver added 15 for the 76ers, who faltered down the stretch to lose for the fifth time in six games.

PISTONS 81, CELTICS 73

Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Flip Murray added 21 as host Detroit ended an embarrassing two-game losing streak.

The Pistons were coming off consecutive losses to Charlotte and Atlanta — a combined 22-46 this season — but bounced back to hand Boston its fourth loss in a row.

Tayshaun Prince added 16 points for the Pistons, while Rasheed Wallace had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Gerald Green led the Celtics with a career-high 24 points.

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