James Jones scored 22 points, Raja Bell added 21 and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to an NBA-best seven straight with a 130-85 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in Phoenix.
The win moved the Suns, who set a season high for points and margin of victory, within a half-game of the first-place Clippers in the Pacific Division.
Shawn Marion added 21 points for the Suns. Steve Nash had 14 points and 12 assists, Kurt Thomas added 12 points and 13 rebounds, Boris Diaw had a career-best 13 assists and Pat Burke had a season-high 12 points.
Nuggets 125, Hawks 116: At Denver, Andre Miller had 21 points and 14 assists, and Marcus Camby blocked two key shots in the final 90 seconds to help Denver hold off Atlanta.
Cavaliers 102, Kings 97: At Sacramento, Calif., LeBron James scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, adding six rebounds and six assists as he carried Cleveland past Sacramento.
Mavericks 84, Pacers 75: At Indianapolis, Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 11 rebounds as Dallas beat Indiana. Jermaine O’Neal led the Pacers with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Wizards 119, Raptors 111 (OT): At Washington, Jarvis Hayes scored a season-high 21 points, including six in overtime, and Gilbert Arenas scored 16 of his 37 in the final 12 1/2 minutes as Washington beat Toronto.
Lakers 111, Bucks 92: At Milwaukee, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points as Los Angeles beat Milwaukee for the ninth straight time. Lamar Odom added 24 points, Smush Parker had 20, and Chris Mihm scored 13 for the Lakers.
Grizzlies 89, Hornets 73: At Memphis, Tenn., Pau Gasol scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Memphis beat New Orleans for its sixth straight win.
Rockets 91, Celtics 73: At Houston, Tracy McGrady won his matchup with Paul Pierce, finishing with 35 points, seven rebounds and five assists, as Houston beat Boston.
Richardson leaves Knicks
Knicks guard Quentin Richardson has left the team because of a family emergency, amid reports his brother was shot and killed in Chicago.
The Knicks said Richardson left the team Monday, but would not say why.
Madison Square Garden Network reported during its telecast of New York’s game against Seattle that Richardson’s brother was shot in Chicago.
A Cook County medical examiner’s office spokesman said a Lee Richardson, 31, of Chicago, died of multiple gunshot wounds Monday. Quentin Richardson had a brother, Lee, according to the Phoenix’s 2004 media guide.
When Richardson was 12, his brother Bernard was shot and killed by robbers when he was 12.
“The Knicks signed Qyntel Woods filling a roster spot that opened after the team waived Matt Barnes.
“Denver forward Carmelo Anthony was fined $5,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands during a game against the Miami Heat.
The ball hit a preteen girl in the head. The girl, sitting in the front row behind the basket, was not injured. Anthony briefly chatted with her on their way to the locker room at halftime.
“Boston guard Tony Allen pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery charges stemming from a fight in the summer that escalated into a shooting outside a diner near downtown.
The basketball player entered his plea to three counts of aggravated battery in Cook County court in Chicago.
“Atlanta’s Josh Smith was suspended for two games without pay for elbowing Phoenix guard Raja Bell in the head.
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