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Jalen Rose a thorn in Knicks' side


Jalen Rose scored a season-high 31 points and the Toronto Raptors reached a franchise-high in points in ending New York's six-game winning streak with a 129-103 rout in the NBA on Sunday.

Morris Peterson added a season-high 28 and Chris Bosh had 23 for the Raptors, who surpassed the previous record of 128 points -- done twice. They last did it on March 13, 2005, against Philadelphia.

Toronto shot 59 percent against New York's porous defense.

"It's pretty strange for us to have a big-time blowout like that," said Rose, whose team is 13-24. "When we have a record like we have overall, you don't see too many games like that."

Center Eddy Curry led the Knicks with 20 points, but just eight after the first quarter. Sixth man Jamal Crawford, averaging 25.8 points in his previous four games, had 12.

The Raptors, one of the NBA's worst teams last month, have won seven of nine.

Trail Blazers 89, Cavaliers 87

At Portland, Oregon, Ruben Patterson and Zach Randolph each had 16 points and seven rebounds and Portland edged depleted Cleveland.

LeBron James had 29 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who lost their fourth straight.

The Blazers, who have won three straight for just the second time this season, led by as many as 11 points in the second half. However, James' 3-pointer gave Cleveland an 84-83 lead with 3:10 to go.

Juan Dixon answered with a 3 to put Portland back in front before Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas tied it with a jumper. After Randolph hit a pair of free throws with 47.7 seconds left, Eric Snow made just one of two to cut Portland's lead to 88-87 with 37.1 seconds to go. Both sides then missed long jumpers, Ilgauskas fouled out and Patterson made just one of his foul shots for a two-point lead.

James took the ball down the court, and Snow was off with his long jumper as time wound down.

Kings 104, Magic 100

At Sacramento, California, Mike Bibby finished his career-high 42 points with two clinching free throws with 0.4 seconds left, and Sacramento held off Orlando in a meeting of short-handed teams.

Bibby and Brad Miller were the Kings' only healthy regular starters, but still carried Sacramento to its 11th straight home victory over the Magic. Miller had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, scoring nine points in the fourth and hitting a crucial 3-pointer with 2:16 to play.

Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic, who cut the lead to 96-94 on Travis Diener's next 3-pointer and another by Hedo Turkoglu with 20 seconds left. But Kevin Martin, Miller and Bibby were perfect on eight free throws in the final 19 seconds, and Nelson's six points in the frantic final moments weren't enough.

Martin added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings.

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