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January 6, 2006

Orlando at New Jersey (7:30 p.m. EST). The Nets are riding an eight-game winning streak, the fourth-longest in franchise history and six short of the record set in 2003-04.

STARS

Thursday

_ Tracy McGrady, Rockets, scored 34 points to lead Houston to a 90-81 win in Cleveland.

_ Stephen Jackson, Pacers, had 27 points, five rebounds and three assists in Indiana’s 99-89 win at Golden State.

REBOUND

Indiana won at Golden State 99-89 Thursday night to bounce back from a 20-point loss in Denver a night earlier that started their four-game West Coast trip.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

LeBron James had 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists in Cleveland’s 90-81 loss to Houston on Thursday night. ... Ike Diogu added 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for his first double-double in Golden State’s 99-89 loss to Indiana.

BAYOU BUGS

The New Orleans Hornets agreed Thursday to play three games at the New Orleans Arena in March and move two other games scheduled in Baton Rouge this month to their temporary home in Oklahoma. In their first games in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets will face the Los Angeles Lakers on March 8, the Denver Nuggets on March 18 and the Los Angeles Clippers on March 21.

SPEAKING

``I’ve got to be more aggressive on offense and assertive on defense because the big fella is out,″ Houston’s Tracy McGrady, who scored 34 points to lead the Yao Ming-less Rockets to a 90-81 win in Cleveland.

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