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McGrady boosts Rockets past Cleveland


Tracy McGrady, right, of the Rockets, drives past Ira Newble of the Cavaliers during the first quarter in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday.


Tracy McGrady scored 34 points, Juwan Howard made two late jumpers and the Houston Rockets got their second straight quality road win on Thursday, 90-81 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

McGrady surpassed 30 points for the fourth straight game as the Rockets, who have been hit by injuries all season, followed up a win at Washington by handing the Cavaliers just their fourth loss in 17 home games.

LeBron James had 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Cleveland, but the Cavs fell to 1-1 since learning that guard Larry Hughes, the club's second-leading scorer, could miss two months with a broken finger.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 17 points for the Cavs, who didn't help themselves by going just 8-of-18 on free throws and 7-of-29 on 3-pointers.

Pacers 99, Warriors 89

At Oakland, California, Stephen Jackson had 27 points, five rebounds and three assists and Indiana jumped to a quick lead it nearly relinquished in the waning moments of a victory over Golden State.

Derek Fisher made two free throws with 1:46 left to get Golden State within 91-89, before Jackson scored and was fouled on the other end but missed a free throw.

Austin Croshere added 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Pacers, who bounced back from a 106-86 loss at Denver a night earlier that started their four-game West Coast swing.

Fred Jones added 11 points for the Pacers before fouling out with 4:11 left.

Baron Davis had 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and rookie Ike Diogu added 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for his first double-double. Mike Dunleavy had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists for Golden State, while Jason Richardson had 17 points.

A trade lull has settled in during the three weeks since the Indiana Pacers said they would honor Ron Artest's spontaneous request to be dealt. While Artest remains on the inactive list, the Pacer executives Donnie Walsh and Larry Bird have been narrowing their potential trade partners to a handful of teams in the Western Conference.

"If I heard a good deal right now, I'd do it now," Walsh, the Pacers' chief executive officer, said on Thursday in a telephone interview. "We're ready to do a deal, but we're not going to do a deal that hurts us in the future or one that doesn't make us better right now."

The Minnesota Timberwolves have said they contacted the Pacers, and the Denver Nuggets were also interested in acquiring Artest. The Seattle SuperSonics, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are potential trading partners.

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