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Houston Rockets open road trip with win over Clippers


Tracy McGrady scored five of his 32 points in overtime, helping the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 91-86 on Saturday.

The Rockets, who lost four of their previous five, opened a four-game road trip with their seventh straight win over the Clippers.

Yao Ming had 10 points and eight assists before fouling out for the second time. Yao is averaging 25.4 points in five home games, compared with 12.5 in six road games.

Bobby Simmons scored 20 points and was one of five Clippers in double figures. Elton Brad added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

McGrady opened overtime with a 20-foot jumper and a 16-footer in a 35-second span, giving Houston an 86-82 lead. Rookie Shaun Livingston hit a driving bank shot and then found Chris Wilcox wide open at the top of the lane, but Wilcox was called for an offensive charge that wiped out his game-tying layup.

Jim Jackson sealed the victory with a 14-foot baseline jumper with 25.3 seconds left and McGrady added a free throw for the final margin.

Jazz 92, Hawks 79

In Atlanta, Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Utah pulled away in a victory over Atlanta.

Utah made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 4:18 to fend off a comeback attempt by Atlanta, which twice pulled within five points in the fourth quarter.

Mehmet Okur scored 18 points, and Andrei Kirilenko blocked seven shots and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who went 2-2 on a four-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams.

Al Harrington led Atlanta with 17 points, followed by rookie Josh Childress' season-high 16.

Cavaliers 100, Bobcats 84

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 25 points, Jeff McInnis added a season-high 24 and Cleveland won its sixth straight.

McInnis scored seven straight points during an 11-0 run late in the third quarter when the Cavaliers built an 18-point lead. McInnis had 12 points in the period.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 12 points -- 10 in the second half -- and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which beat the expansion Bobcats for the second time in three days.

Gerald Wallace had 15 points, and rookie Emeka Okafor 13 for Charlotte, which has lost six in a row.

The Cavaliers have only had two longer winning streaks since 1997.

Timberwolves 99, Hornets 94

In New Orleans, Eddie Griffin scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett had 20 despite a shoulder injury to lift Minnesota over winless New Orleans.

After New Orleans pulled within seven with less than two minutes remaining, Griffin demoralized the Hornets with a reverse jam after he picked up a loose ball under the basket.

Wizards 97, Nets 86

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Larry Hughes scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Washington earned its first victory in New Jersey since 1999.

Antawn Jamison added 27 points for Washington, which had lost eight straight in the Garden State.

Jarvis Hayes had seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Wizards snapped a four-game overall losing streak against New Jersey. The win was also the first for former Nets assistant and current Wizards coach Eddie Jordan against his old team.

Other results: Magic 86, Pacers 83, Grizzlies 100, Warriors 87

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