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Lost cause for Raptors

Volatile Alston wants apology

Rafer Alston was back in action for the Toronto Raptors and looking for an apology.

Michael Redd had 29 points, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-107 victory over the Raptors and their troubled point guard last night in Toronto.

Alston said he wanted an apology after being benched for much of Tuesday's loss to Cleveland and that he's not sure he wants to stay with the Raptors.

Alston and coach Sam Mitchell argued after Alston was pulled from the game in the first quarter against Cleveland. Alston didn't come out of the dressing room for the second half and was seen crying as he was escorted to the team bus by security during the fourth quarter.

He had just returned to the Raptors on Thursday, following a two-game suspension the team gave him after he stormed out of practice last week.

Despite the sore feelings, Alston was at his best in the first half against Milwaukee, scoring 16 points with seven assists. But he went 0 for 5 from the field in the second half and finished with 12 assists.

Wizards 95, Spurs 87 -- Antawn Jamison had a season-high 35 points and 11 rebounds, Gilbert Arenas scored 24 points, and host Washington took advantage of Tim Duncan's absence in a victory over San Antonio.

Without Duncan (sprained right ankle), the Wizards' All-Stars outnumbered the Spurs' All-Stars, 2-1, and they were the difference.

Arenas spurred a 16-2 run in the second quarter when it seemed the Spurs were going to blow the game open, and Jamison scored 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the fourth quarter to keep San Antonio from making a final run.

Lakers 104, Nets 103 -- Lamar Odom had 16 points, matched a career best with 19 rebounds, and set up a go-ahead 3-pointer by Caron Butler with 1:54 to go in overtime to lead Los Angeles to victory in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Lakers rallied from a 10-point deficit with 4:44 to play in regulation and survived a late overtime shot by Vince Carter and Jason Kidd's second straight triple-double.

Grizzlies 98, 76ers 95 -- Dahntay Jones scored a career-high 23 points and Stromile Swift added 17 to lead Memphis to victory in Philadelphia. The Sixers seemed confused on their final possession when Corliss Williamson took the inbounds pass and stood looking for an open player.

He finally took a shot from above the free throw line, missed, grabbed the rebound, and passed the ball out to Kyle Korver, whose 3-point attempt clanked off the rim.

Pacers 94, Bobcats 87 -- Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Jackson scored 22 points, and host Indiana beat Charlotte.

Fred Jones had 12 points for the Pacers, who shot 49 percent from the field and won for just the fourth time in 11 games.

Hornets 91, Trail Blazers 80 -- Rookie J.R. Smith had 19 points and visiting New Orleans beat Portland for just its ninth win overall and third on the road.

Dan Dickau had 17 points for the Hornets, who snapped a six-game losing streak. It was his 13th straight game in double-digit scoring.

Timberwolves 98, Nuggets 92 -- Eddie Griffin had 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the final 10 minutes to spark Minnesota over Denver in Minneapolis, snapping the Timberwolves' six-game losing streak.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists, but it was Griffin who injected a stagnant team with some much-needed energy.

Rockets 105, Bulls 92 -- Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and Yao Ming added 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Houston over Chicago.Chicago got within 86-77 on a basket by Ben Gordon with 7:45 remaining, but that's the closest the Bulls would get.

Heat 116, Knicks 110 -- Dwyane Wade had 30 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds, Damon Jones scored a season-high 24 points, and Shaquille O'Neal had 16 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Miami won its fourth straight, in overtime.

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