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NBA: Rockets eke out victory over Jazz

LOSER V LOSER In Washington, the hapless Wizards broke their eight-game losing streak by beating Oklahoma, the NBA’s only team with a worse record

AP , HOUSTON

New Jersey Nets forward Jarvis Hayes, left, straddles the head of Charlotte Bobcats guard Matt Carroll during their game in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday.

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The Houston Rockets recovered from blowing a 16-point lead in the second half to beat the Utah Jazz in double overtime in the NBA on Saturday.

Ron Artest scored 10 of his 28 points in second overtime to clinch a win that moved Houston within half a game of Southwest Division leader San Antonio.

The Rockets led 59-43 early in the third quarter, then went 3-for-18 from the field in the fourth to fuel Utah’s comeback.

The Jazz almost won despite playing without their top three scorers and rebounders — Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap — for the second straight game.

HAWKS 129, BULLS 117

In Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Johnson scored a season-high 41 points to lead Atlanta over Chicago.

Johnson finished only a point off his career high, while Josh Smith also set a season high with 24, as the Hawks bettered their previous highest points tally this season by 10 points.

Chicago’s Ben Gordon scored 33 points and was 6-of-8 from 3-point range to pass Scottie Pippen and become the Bulls’ career leader in 3-pointers.

The Bulls matched their season high for points and shot 54 percent from the field, but still were not close at the end.

WIZARDS 104, THUNDER 95

In Washington, the home side downed Oklahoma City in a match of the two worst teams in the NBA.

Antawn Jamison scored 29 points for the Wizards, who broke an eight-game losing streak, their longest since 2001.

Elias Sports Bureau statistics show there had never before been an NBA game matching teams with lower winning percentages — .100 for Oklahoma City and .148 for Washington — with both having played at least 25 games.

PISTONS 87, BUCKS 76

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tayshaun Prince scored nine of his 19 points in the decisive third quarter as Detroit overcame Milwaukee.

Allen Iverson added 18 for the Pistons, who have won three straight.

SPURS 106, GRIZZLIES 103, 2OT

In San Antonio, Texas, Tony Parker scored 32 points, hitting two of San Antonio’s three baskets in the second overtime as the Spurs edged Memphis.

Michael Finley blocked Memphis’ last shot to secure the victory.

Parker’s two baskets put the Spurs up by four before Memphis got a 3-pointer with 71 seconds left. The Grizzlies had a chance to send the game into a third overtime, but Finley was able to swat the ball from behind as the Grizzlies were preparing to shoot.

TRAIL BLAZERS 102, RAPTORS 89

In Portland, Oregon, Brandon Roy had 32 points and nine assists to spark Portland’s win over Toronto.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

MAGIC 118, TIMBERWOLVES 94

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Orlando notched its seventh straight win by downing Minnesota.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Magic slowly pulled away.

The Timberwolves have lost nine straight at home.

NETS 114, BOBCATS 103, OT

In Charlotte, North Carolina, New Jersey broke clear in overtime to down Charlotte.

Vince Carter scored 28 points for the Nets, who had lost at home against the Bobcats on Friday.

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