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Rookie helps Nets crush Pacers

AP , EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

Rookie Josh Boone scored a career-high 22 points on Wednesday night to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 118-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Boone came off the bench to hit 11 of 13 from the field. He also pulled down 10 rebounds in his second strong game. Boone was perfect on all 10 shots from the field in the Nets' 113-107 overtime win in Charlotte on Saturday.

Bostjan Nachbar added 20 points before fouling out with 3 minutes remaining. Richard Jefferson had 14 points, Vince Carter scored 13, and Mikki Moore and Jason Kidd each had 12 as the Nets had six players in double figures.

Jermaine O'Neal, the Pacers leading scorer, sat out the game with sprains of the left ankle and knee. Indiana could not overcome his loss, although Troy Murphy, who started in O'Neal's spot, had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Shawne Williams led Indiana with 19 points.

Spurs 92, Hornets 88

At San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 31 points, including his first three-pointer of the season, to help San Antonio beat New Orleans.

Brent Barry hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs rally for their fifth straight victory. He finished with 15 points. Michael Finley added 13 and Manu Ginobili scored 12 for San Antonio.

Chris Paul scored 20 points to lead six Hornets in double figures. David West added 16, Jannero Pargo scored 13 and Rasual Butler had 12.

Knicks 97, Cavaliers 93

At New York, Eddy Curry scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Stephon Marbury rattled in a clinching 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds left, and New York revived its playoff hopes by beating Cleveland to snap a four-game losing streak.

Marbury and Channing Frye each finished with 16 points for the Knicks, who won for just the second time in eight games.

LeBron James scored 24 points for the Cavaliers, who had a chance to tie the game at 94, but Zydrunas Ilgauskas made only one of two free throws with 34 seconds left. The Knicks ran the shot clock down before Marbury launched a 3 from the right side that sealed the win.

Raptors 96, Heat 83

At Toronto, Chris Bosh became Toronto's career leader in double-doubles when he had 13 points and 17 rebounds in a victory that moved the Raptors ahead of Miami for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Anthony Parker added 20 points for Toronto, which had six players score in double figures.

Toronto ended a four-game losing streak to the Heat despite missing No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani (appendectomy) and Jorge Garbajosa (left ankle surgery).

If the season ended now, Toronto would get homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Celtics 105, Magic 96, 2OT

At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 32 points, Al Jefferson added 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Boston held on for a double-overtime win over Orlando.

Delonte West scored 17, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who outscored Orlando 15-6 in the second overtime to finish their home stand 2-2.

Wizards 111, 76ers 108

At Washington, Caron Butler scored 21 points in his return from a knee injury, including two key free throws with 14 seconds left to help Washington hold off Philadelphia and end a three-game losing streak.

DeShawn Stevenson added a season-high 28 points for the Wizards. Philadelphia erased a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter while the Wizards went more than 5 minutes without a field goal.

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