LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Seattle downed Indiana 95-93 Friday to become the final NBA team to win a home game this season. The SuperSonics were 0-7 at home and had lost 11 straight home games dating to March 30 last season. Seattle (3-14) snapped a six-game skid and avoid the worst 17-game start in franchise history. The 1967-68 Sonics started 2-14 as well, before winning their 17th game.
STRONG IN DEFEAT
Dwight Howard scored 30 points and added 23 rebounds, but Orlando couldn't overcome Phoenix, losing 110-106 Friday. Hedo Turkoglu added 25 points for the Magic. ... Michael Redd scored 27 points, but missed two late 3-point attempts in Milwaukee's 91-88 loss to New York. ... LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots but Portland fell to Dallas 91-80. ... Kobe Bryant had 28 points but Utah blew out the Los Angeles Lakers 120-96.
STARS SIT OUT
Toronto beat Cleveland 91-82 Friday night in a game that stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh missed with injuries. James, the league's leading scorer, was out of the Cavaliers' lineup with a sprained left index finger, while Bosh missed the Raptors' third straight win with a strained groin. Cleveland has lost two straight following a four-game winning streak.
"We know we can play without him but it's easier said than done." Cleveland forward Drew Gooden, after the Cavaliers lost 91-82 to Toronto on Friday without LeBron James. Cleveland lost for just the second time in eight games without James since the start of the 2005-06 season.