|Detroit's Rasheed Wallace, looking to pass, also did OK shooting, scoring 22 points. (Roy Dabner/Associated Press)|
Tracy McGrady had 24 points and eight assists and the Rockets extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 110-97 win over the Chicago Bulls last night in Houston.
The Rockets have won 16 of their last 17, and their current streak is their longest since their championship season of 1993-94.
The Rockets were ahead by 7 early in the fourth quarter before Bobby Jackson scored five straight points for Houston, capped by a nifty off-balance layup and the free throw that followed to make it 84-74. It was Jackson's debut for the Rockets after he was traded from New Orleans on Thursday.
Three straight 3-pointers by Luther Head, McGrady and Jackson about midway through the fourth quarter made it 92-78.
Lakers 111, Sonics 91 - Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in just 26 minutes, handed out 10 assists, and picked up his first ejection of the season in visiting Los Angeles' season-high eighth straight win.
The Lakers never trailed in extending their longest streak since rolling off 11 straight in the 2003-04 season - the last time they reached the NBA finals.
At 39-17, the Lakers moved ahead of Phoenix for the best record in the West, the second time this season they've led the conference.
Bryant didn't get to see his teammates finish this one off after picking up a pair of technicals from official Brian Forte with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
Pistons 116, Suns 86 - Rasheed Wallace scored 22 points in 26 minutes to lead six Detroit players in double figures, and the Pistons embarrassed host Phoenix.
Richard Hamilton had 18 points and Chauncey Billups 14 points and 11 assists. Phoenix lost to a team from the East for only the third time in 25 tries.
Cavaliers 109, Grizzlies 89 - LeBron James scored 25 points and had 11 assists while all four players acquired in Thursday's blockbuster trade contributed to host Cleveland's rout of Memphis.
Ben Wallace, who started at power forward, scored 12 points, tying his season high, and had 10 rebounds, while Delonte West, the starter at point guard, finished with 5 points and six assists. The other two players picked up in the deal, forward Joe Smith and guard Wally Szczerbiak, came off the bench late in the first quarter. Smith scored 14 points while Szczerbiak had 10.
Mavericks 99, Timberwolves 83 - Jason Kidd tied his season high with 17 assists in his third game with Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points to lead a rout of host Minnesota.
Magic 112, Kings 93 - Dwight Howard had 26 points and 10 rebounds and reserves Brian Cook and Keyon Dooling combined for 20 fourth-quarter points in host Orlando's win over Sacramento.
Raptors 115, Knicks 92 - Andrea Bargnani had 25 points and Chris Bosh added 17 as host Toronto rebounded from a loss to New York two days earlier.