Trail Blazers 101, Rockets 99 (OT)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Brandon Roy made a 30-foot jumper as time expired in overtime to lift Portland to a win over Houston. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers in a game that featured three shots in the final 1.9 seconds.
Magic 98, 76ers 88
ORLANDO, Fla. — Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis scored 20 points apiece and Orlando overcame Dwight Howard’s foul trouble to beat Philadelphia. With All-Star center Howard limited to only four minutes in the first half, the Magic got strong performances from Tony Battie and Lewis, who picked up the rebounding slack as Orlando won its third straight game. Thaddeus Young scored 19 points for Philadelphia, which placed four players in double figures. The Sixers cut a 23-point deficit to six in the fourth quarter but couldn’t draw closer.
Sloan one win away from 1,000
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Jerry Sloan can become the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with the same team when the Jazz host Oklahoma City tonight. The Jazz are 999-596 since Sloan took over as coach in December 1988. Sloan, the longest tenured coach in professional sports, discounted the approaching milestone after Utah improved to 4-0 Wednesday night with a 103-96 win over Portland on Wednesday.
“The NBA is for the players,” Sloan said. “I’ve been lucky to be a coach. (Reaching 1,000) is not something that I will do cartwheels over.”