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D. Harris has 47 as Nets defeat Suns, 117-109


Devin Harris scored a career-high 47 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the visiting New Jersey Nets ended their 14-game losing streak at Phoenix by rallying to beat the Suns, 117-109, last night. The Nets had not won at US Airways Center since their first visit in 1993, but they used a late run to overcome the Suns. With Harris becoming the second player in two games to score more than 40 against the Suns - the Heat's Dwyane Wade had 43 Friday night - the Nets scored their second road victory in two nights, after beating the Jazz on Saturday. Harris, whose previous high was 38, hit 14 of 25 field goals and 17 of 17 free throws.

Lakers 112, Raptors 99: : Pau Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds, Kobe Bryant had 23 points and seven assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, and host Los Angeles improved its league-best record to 14-1. Bryant came 15 points shy of reaching the 22,000-point mark faster than any other player. Had he done it, he would have beaten Wilt Chamberlain to that total by one day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Bryant was the fastest to 12,000 and every level up to 20,000.

Nuggets 104, Rockets 94: : Denver didn't need Carmelo Anthony's usual double-digit performance to beat visiting Houston. Instead, it relied on Chauncey Billups' 28 points, including 11 in a 19-7 third-quarter run, to break away from the Rockets. The Nuggets lost Anthony (Towson Catholic) in the second quarter after he aggravated a sore right elbow that has been bothering him for two weeks. Anthony scored two points, halting his NBA-best streak of consecutive games in double figures at 221. Houston played its third straight game without Tracy McGrady (sore left foot).

Trail Blazers 96, Pistons 85: : LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and Greg Oden had a career-high 13 rebounds to help visiting Portland beat Detroit to pick up its fourth straight win. The Pistons fell to just 6-6 since Allen Iverson joined the team.

Bulls 103, 76ers 92: : Ben Gordon scored 21 points, Drew Gooden had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and visiting Chicago rallied from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia.

Choi's birdie on 18 lifts him to Skins Game title

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K.J. Choi made an 11-foot birdie putt worth $270,000 on the 18th hole to win the 26th Skins Game with $415,000 in Indian Wells, Calif. Stephen Ames missed a nine-footer that would have tied the hole and forced the foursome including Phil Mickelson and Rocco Mediate into a playoff. Instead, Choi's putt gave him $340,000 for yesterday's nine holes and made the South Korean the fifth international player to win the title.

More golf: : Annika Sorenstam got a big victory in her second-to-last event before retiring as American Christina Kim birdied the par-5 18th for a halve that lifted the International team to a 12 1/2 -11 1/2 Lexus Cup victory over Asia in Singapore. Sorenstam, the International team captain, waited out a lightning delay earlier in the day to finish off Se Ri Pak, 3 and 2, in the opening singles match.

Horse racing: : Jockey Ramon Dominguez swept Hollywood Park's two Grade I stakes in Inglewood, Calif., both in come-from-behind fashion. Cocoa Beach rallied in the stretch to overtake pace-setter Precious Kitten to win the $500,000 Matriarch at one mile on the turf, with the 9-5 favorite covering a mile in 1 minute, 35.49 seconds. Then in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby, Dominguez maneuvered Court Vision from last in a field of nine to win the 1- 1/4 -mile turf event over Cowboy Cal in 2:01.43. Both victories were by identical margins of three-quarters of a length.

Cycling: : Lance Armstrong is set to start training camp this week without having subjected himself to drug tests by the anti-doping expert he teamed with and with no deal in place to post results of those tests online. When the seven-time Tour de France winner announced his comeback earlier this year, he partnered with renowned anti-doping expert Don Catlin to set up a testing program. Catlin told the Associated Press this weekend that while Armstrong has been placed back in the testing pools at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and UCI, cycling's international body, that he has yet to test him and that a plan to document Armstrong's results online is not in place.

NHL: : Mike Modano scored on a power play with 2:21 left to give the host Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. He became the 31st player in NHL history with 1,300 points. ... Brad Boyes scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the St. Louis Blues beat Atlanta, 4-2, to hand the host Thrashers their sixth loss in seven games. ... The Stars acquired defenseman Andrew Hutchinson from the Tampa Bay Lightning, trading away the rights to winger Lauri Tukonen, who plays in Europe.

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