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STARS

Sunday

— Bonzi Wells, Trail Blazers, scored a career-high 37 points as Portland beat Detroit 103-86.

— Kevin Garnett, Timberwolves, had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Minnesota's 99-90 victory over New York.

— Tracy McGrady, Magic, scored 28 points to lead Orlando to a 102-76 victory over Cleveland.

— Eric Snow, 76ers, had 25 points, including seven free throws in the final minute, as Philadelphia downed Denver 100-94.

BACKCOURT BONANZA

Guards Sam Cassell and Gary Payton combined for 52 points and 17 assists to lead Milwaukee to a 120-93 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Cassell had 28 points and seven assists before fouling out, and Payton added 24 points and 10 assists.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Emanuel Ginobili scored a career-high 20 points to led five San Antonio players in double figures as the Spurs held off Houston 97-88 Sunday. Tim Duncan had 17 points, Tony Parker and Malik Rose each had 16, and David Robinson had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

STREAKING

Philadelphia extended the NBA's longest active winning streak to nine with a 100-94 win over Denver on Sunday night. The victory moved the 76ers within three games of New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead. ... Minnesota beat New York 99-90 for 17th straight home victory and seventh straight overall victory.

SKID ROW

Denver lost its 12th straight game, falling to Philadelphia 100-94 Sunday night. The losing streak is the Nuggets' longest since a 16-game skid from Feb. 2 to March 10, 1998.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Boston's Antoine Walker scored a season-high 38 points in the Celtics' 104-92 loss to Toronto on Sunday, but was ejected after receiving two technical fouls in the last two minutes of the game. ... New York's Allan Houston scored 21 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, including four of his five 3-pointers, as the Knicks fell to Minnesota 99-90.

SPEAKING

"You definitely want to let a team know who gave up on you that you can play in this league. It feels good, especially against the team that drafted me and let me go." — Portland's Bonzi Wells after scoring a career-high 37 points in the Trail Blazers' 103-86 victory over Detroit on Sunday.