Blake ties league record

Steve Blake (Maryland) tied an NBA record with 14 first-quarter assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points as the Portland Trail Blazers rolled to a 116-87 win over the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday.

Blake matched the record set by the San Antonio Spurs' John Lucas (Maryland) during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on April 15, 1984. Blake finished with 17 assists. The Blazers (35-20) won their eighth consecutive home game.


Eric Gordon led Los Angeles (13-43) with 21 points.

Celtics 128, Suns 108: : Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 32 points to go with 10 assists, and visiting Boston (45-12) beat Phoenix (31-24).


Raptors 111, Knicks 100: : Andrea Bargnani had 28 points and 10 rebounds to help host Toronto (22-36) beat New York (23-32) two days after it absorbed a 30-point loss to the Knicks.

Pacers 98, Bulls 91: : Troy Murphy had a season-high 27 points, and host Indiana (24-34) survived a second-half stretch of 11 minutes without a field goal to top Chicago (25-31).

Rockets 99, Bobcats 78: : Ron Artest scored 26 points, and Yao Ming added 19 points and seven rebounds for host Houston (35-21).

Raymond Felton, Boris Diaw and Emeka Okafor scored 13 points each for Charlotte (22-34).

Bucks 120, Nuggets 117: : Charlie Villanueva scored nine of his season-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to help host Milwaukee (28-31) win.

Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 33 points for Denver (37-19).

Magic 122, Heat 99: : Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and host Orlando (41-14) withstood a career-high 50 points by Dwyane Wade to beat Miami (29-26) for the 12th time in the past 15 meetings.

Lakers 111, Timberwolves 108: : Kobe Bryant scored 28 points to move past Elgin Baylor into 20th place on the NBA's career scoring list, and visiting Los Angeles (46-10) outlasted Minnesota (18-37).


Cavaliers 99, Pistons 78: : Delonte West scored 25 points in his first game since he broke his wrist in mid-January, and LeBron James added 20 for the host Cavaliers (43-11).

The Pistons (27-27) have lost six straight for the first time since February 2004.