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Butler, Mason lead Wizards over Sonics

The Baltimore Sun

Caron Butler had 21 points and nine assists and Roger Mason scored 22 points as the visiting Washington Wizards rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Seattle SuperSonics, 104-99, last night.

The win kept the Wizards ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Besides Butler and Mason, Washington had four players who scored in double figures. That helped the Wizards offset Seattle's 57-39 advantage in rebounds.

Rookie Kevin Durant played well for the Sonics, scoring a game-high 32 points.

Celtics 117, Suns 97 -- Kevin Garnett scored 30 points and Paul Pierce had 27 points to lead host Boston to a rout of Phoenix. The teams were tied at halftime and the Celtics outscored the Suns by 11 points in the third quarter to take control of the game. Amare Stoudemire scored 32 points for the Suns.

Knicks 103, Heat 96, OT -- Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, including the go-ahead jumper with about 2 1/2 minutes left in overtime, and New York ended its longest home losing streak in nearly 45 years by beating Miami.

Hornets 100, Cavaliers 99 -- David West's 17-foot jump shot, coming on Chris Paul's 20th assist, with 0.6 of a second left allowed New Orleans to beat host Cleveland for its fifth straight win.

Hawks 115, Bucks 96 -- Joe Johnson scored 28 points, Josh Childress added 20 and Atlanta beat visiting Milwaukee to hold the eighth playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Nets 124, Pacers 117 -- Devin Harris had 22 points and a career-best 15 assists and New Jersey kept pace with Atlanta for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a victory over visiting Indiana.

76ers 121, Bulls 99 -- Lou Williams scored 23 points and Andre Miller had a season-high 18 assists in host Philadelphia's victory over Chicago.

Rockets 97, Timberwolves 86 -- Tracy McGrady scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter in Houston's win over visiting Minnesota.

Raptors 89, Pistons 82 -- Chris Bosh scored 21 points and T.J. Ford had 13 points and nine assists in his return to the starting lineup as host Toronto beat Detroit.

Spurs 97, Clippers 88 -- Tim Duncan had 26 points and 12 rebounds and San Antonio withstood a late rally from visiting Los Angeles.

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