By Chris Rosenbluth

Nov. 22, 2006: SCOREBOARD | PHOTO GALLERY

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
'Melo scored 33 points to help the Nuggets narrowly edge the Warriors. Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images
RICK KAMLA'S FANTASY TAKE
"If you're going to fill in for a Hall of Famer, you need to play well, and that's exactly what Shavlik Randolph did Wednesday. In getting his third straight start for the injured (?) Chris Webber, Randolph had 11 boards, four blocks and two steals. If you need a forward who gives hustle-board stats, pick up the former Dukee."
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"You play like you practice and I felt the last two practices we were walking around like we had just climbed Mount Everest. I need to do a better job of coaching and the players need to do a better job of playing."
-- Boston head coach Doc Rivers, after his squad's three-game winning streak was snapped by a 92-83 loss in Charlotte.
SHOOTING STUDS
Rashard Lewis, Sonics
95-85 win at Clippers
35 pts, 14-22 FG, 3-8 3-pt FG

Vince Carter, Nets
100-97 loss at Blazers
35 pts, 15-23 FG, 2-7 3-pt FG

Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
115-112 win at Warriors
33 pts, 12-18 FG, 9-10 FT
STAT SHEET STUFFER
With Allen Iverson and Chris Webber out of the lineup, Andre Iguodala tried to do it all for the 76ers. He didn't shoot all that well (4-12 FG, 1-5 3-pt FG), but he still collected a triple-double, scoring 18 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. His efforts weren't enough, though. Philadelphia led most of the way but was unable to hold on in the final minutes of a hard-fought 98-94 loss to the Bucks.
SHOOTING DUDS
Donyell Marshall, Cavaliers
95-87 loss at Raptors
0-6 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 0 pts

Wally Szczerbiak, Celtics
92-83 loss at Bobcats
3-13 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 7 pts

Al Harrington, Pacers
96-91 win at Magic
2-13 FG, 0-1 3-pt FG, 4 pts
JERRY SLOAN ENSEMBLE ORCHESTRATES ANOTHER COMEBACK
The Utah Jazz once again orchestrated a huge comeback to keep the pages turning on the league's feel-good story. After rallying from 16 points down to pick up its last two victories, Utah faced a 21-point deficit Wednesday in Sacramento, a city in which they hadn't won since 2004. But, as they did in wins against the Raptors and Suns on Monday and Saturday, respectively, the Jazz stormed back and finally took the lead on a 3-pointer by Mehmet Okur with 1:45 left in the fourth quarter. They pulled away from there in a 110-101 victory, their seventh straight, and improved to 11-1 on the season. Carlos Boozer scored 32 points and ripped 13 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 20 points and 13 assists.
MO PETE: IRONMAN NO MORE
Toronto's Morris Peterson sat out Wednesday's game against Cleveland due to a slightly torn tendon in his left elbow, thus ending the NBA's longest consecutive games played streak at 371. In a cruel and ironic twist of fate, fans at the Air Canada Centre were given free Peterson action figures to commemorate the swingman's durability. Despite his absence, the Raptors upset the Eastern Conference-leading Cavs -- the team against which the streak began on Feb. 12, 2002 -- 95-87 behind 25 points and 14 rebounds from Chris Bosh. The Association's current MDP (Most Durable Player) is now Atlanta's Joe Johnson, who played in his 366th straight contest, which the Hawks dropped, 103-98, in Detroit.
CLIPPERS LOSE AT HOME ... AGAIN ... SORTA
One night after losing the first game on their home court, the Clippers lost their first home game. Such is the strange dichotomy of sharing an arena. On Tuesday, the Clippers were the "visiting" team in a loss to the Lakers, so their perfect "home" record remained intact. Any confusion was cleared away after the Sonics crossed state lines and knocked off the Clippers, 95-85, at STAPLES Center on Wednesday. Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 35 points and 13 rebounds, while L.A. managed to get just 24 points combined from Elton Brand, Shaun Livingston and Cuttino Mobley. The Clippers are now 6-1 at home and 6-2 at ... well ... home.
SOMEONE GET THE MAN SOME GLASSES
Dwight Howard is no longer seeing 20-20. After recording back-to-back 20-point, 20-rebound performances, Howard failed to become the first player in 15 years to tally a double-20 in three consecutive outings. He had to settle for 16 points and 11 boards in the Magic's 96-91 win over the Pacers. "We've got a lot more games to play,'' Howard said. "If I keep playing hard, working hard in practice, good things will come.'' The former No. 1 pick had 12 and nine in the first half and seemed poised to hit the mark. But Indiana's frontcourt was active over the final two quarters and held Howard at bay for the remainder of the night.
ROOKIE WATCH
It takes a big-time effort to bump Adam Morrison from this slot when he scores 26 points, shoots well and leads his team to a win. The Hawks' Shelden Williams supplied just that on Wednesday. Williams tallied a season-high 20 points and 13 rebounds in what was, without question, the best game of his young career. The fifth overall pick in the draft, Williams shot 7-for-12 from the floor to easily eclipse his previous season high of eight points. It wasn't enough, though, as Atlanta lost by five in Detroit.
SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
Those looking at the schedule before the season began most probably noted the matchup between the Spurs and Heat as a possible Finals preview. However, on Wednesday, only one team looked poised for a run at the Larry O'Brien Trophy, and it wasn't the ring-wearing squad from South Beach. San Antonio led by as many as 29 points and routed Miami, 106-86. Brent Barry supplied some firepower off the bench, scoring 15 points and draining four of his seven attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
LOCKDOWN OF THE NIGHT
The Houston Rockets continued displaying their defensive mettle in a win Wednesday, holding the high-octane Washinton Wizards to just 82 points, which tied their second-lowest output of the season. Houston frustrated Washington -- which entered play scoring better than 101 points per game -- into a 28-of-84 shooting night. Gilbert Arenas had a particularly errant evening, hitting only eight of his 26 attempts. The Rockets are now allowing a league-low 90.5 points per contest and holding opponents under 45 percent shooting.