Jazz stops Blazers' winning streak at 13

The Baltimore Sun

Andrei Kirilenko had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 111-101, last night in Salt Lake City to end their 13-game winning streak.

The Blazers lost for the first time since a 100-79 road defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 2. They won their next 13, including two over the Jazz, and were three victories away from tying the franchise record.

"It was a great month for us. We lost the first game of the month and the last game of the month. Anytime you do that, I think that's a sign of a young team maturing," said Brandon Roy, who scored 17 points for Portland.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan was attending a family funeral and not with the team.

Pistons 114, Bucks 69 -- Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Chauncey Billups added 13 points and 12 assists, helping host Detroit rout Milwaukee for its ninth consecutive win. The Pistons have won 17 of 19.

Magic 112, Bulls 110 -- Hedo Turkoglu hit a fadeaway jumper with seven-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting visiting Orlando over Chicago. The Bulls lost for the first time in three games since Jim Boylan became interim head coach. Chicago's Ben Gordon scored 39 points.

Warriors 112, Rockets 95 -- Baron Davis scored 23 points as Golden State rallied past host Houston. Warriors coach Don Nelson was ejected in the second quarter for arguing with referee Bill Kennedy.

Bobcats 107, Pacers 103 -- Gerald Wallace led a furious comeback in the fourth quarter and took charge in overtime, finishing with 36 points and giving Charlotte a home victory over Indiana.

Raptors 97, Hornets 92 -- Chris Bosh scored 29 points, and visiting Toronto rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat New Orleans.

Clippers 91, Timberwolves 82 -- Chris Kaman had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help host Los Angeles rally past Minnesota and end a six-game losing streak.


Consecutive announced sellout crowds for the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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