Troy Hudson filled the shoes of Sam Cassell just fine, helping end the New Jersey Nets' winning streak at 14 games.
Hudson, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Cassell, scored a season-high 29 points as Minnesota beat New Jersey, 81-68, last night in Minneapolis, handing Nets coach Lawrence Frank his first loss.
Hudson, the streaky shooter who has been hampered all season by a sprained ankle, erased any hope for Frank's 14th consecutive win with 12 fourth-quarter points. Hudson and Fred Hoiberg scored Minnesota's first 20 points of the quarter and the Wolves used a 15-0 run to open a 75-58 lead.
Suns 113, Knicks 95 -- Host Phoenix snapped an eight-game losing streak and handed New York its fourth straight loss.
Joe Johnson scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Amare Stoudemire had 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Suns dominated the boards, 58-26.
Pistons 107, Bulls 88 -- Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Rasheed Wallace added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead visiting Detroit.
Chauncey Billups had 14 points and Ben Wallace had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have beaten the Bulls eight straight times.
Lakers 112, Nuggets 111 -- Kareem Rush hit a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left, lifting Los Angeles at Denver.
Kobe Bryant had 35 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who won their fifth straight game. Carmelo Anthony had 35 points for Denver, whose losing streak stretched to a season-high four games.
Jazz 93, SuperSonics 92 -- Andrei Kirilenko scored two critical baskets in overtime and visiting Utah beat Seattle for the second time in two nights.
Rockets 90, Cavaliers 84 -- Cuttino Mobley scored 22 points and fed the ball to Yao Ming for a crucial dunk in the closing seconds as host Houston held off Cleveland.
Hornets 99, Clippers 93 -- Baron Davis's 26 points and nine assists led host New Orleans out of a two-game losing skid.
Warriors 99, Grizzlies 92 -- Speedy Claxton scored a career-high 28 points and handed out six assists to lead visiting Golden State, which snapped Memphis's five-game winning streak.
Wizards 76, Raptors 74 -- Gilbert Arenas scored all 7 of his points in the final five minutes and Kwame Brown had 16 points as visiting Washington ended a five-game losing streak.