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Rockets fail to blast off in Cleveland

FIRST BLOOD Ilgauskas of the Cavaliers outshot the Rockets' Yao Ming in a matchup that will be repeated on Sunday in the NBA's All-Star game


Ricky Davis scored 21 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 in a matchup with Houston center Yao Ming, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Rockets 105-102 Wednesday night.

Maurice Taylor scored a season-high 30 points to lead Houston, which lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

Cuttino Mobley scored 24 points for the Rockets.

Chinese rookie Yao scored 14 points, but did not match Ilgauskas' outside shooting. Cleveland's 2.2m Lithuanian center, who will face Yao again Sunday in the All-Star game, shot 8-for-17 on a variety of midrange jumpers. Yao did not score until hitting a hook shot with 42 seconds left in the first half.

Celtics 114, SuperSonics 74

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 26 points as Boston routed Seattle just five days after the most lopsided loss in Celtics history.

The 40-point margin was the Celtics' biggest of the season. Last Friday night, they lost to Detroit 118-66.

Celtics coach Jim O'Brien got the 100th victory of his NBA career as they ended a four-game losing streak and got plenty of backcourt bench help. Tony Delk scored 22 points and Shammond Williams added 15.

The Sonics were led by Rashard Lewis with 15 and Gary Payton with 14.

Pistons 89, Clippers 80

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Turkish rookie Mehmet Okur had the first double-double of his career with 19 points and 11 rebounds as Detroit beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

Detroit was missing All-Star Ben Wallace, who is in Alabama after the death of his mother. Wallace will go directly to Atlanta for Sunday's All-Star game after the funeral Saturday.

Detroit enters the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak, while Los Angeles has lost four in a row and seven of eight.

Cliff Robinson had 17 points for the Pistons and Corliss Williamson added 12. Elton Brand led the Clippers with 18 points and Melvin Ely had 14.

Nets 111, 76ers 85

In Philadelphia, Kerry Kittles scored a season-high 35 points to lead New Jersey to victory over Philadelphia.

The Atlantic Division-leading Nets have won six of their past seven games after losing their first three games on a West Coast trip. New Jersey heads into the All-Star break tied with Indiana for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 34-15.

Allen Iverson had 28 points and Keith Van Horn added 16 for the Sixers, who have lost three of their past four and enter the break at 25-24.

Jason Collins had 13, and Brian Scalabrine and Aaron Williams each had 12 for the Nets.

Jason Kidd, who played despite a stomach flu, had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.

Trail Blazers 101, Heat 87

In Miami, Scottie Pippen scored a season-high 26 points, one more than his previous best set the night before, as Portland beat Miami.

Rasheed Wallace added 22 points for Portland, 18 in the second half. Wallace also was called for a technical foul early in the third quarter.

Eddie Jones scored 20 points for the Heat, and reserve Eddie House added a season-high 18.

Upset at the at lack of foul calls for his team, Heat coach Pat Riley was shouting at referee Derrick Stafford as the game wound down.

"It's not about you," Stafford shouted back. "Go on TV crying."

Earlier this season, Riley publicly derided NBA officiating and was fined dlrs 50,000.

Hornets 108, Kings 84

In New Orleans, Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points and David Wesley added 17 points and nine assists to lead New Orleans over Sacramento.

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