By Mike Slane

December 4, 2007: SCOREBOARD | IN FOCUS GALLERY | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
The Bucks' Michael Redd had a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds in a win over the Clippers on Tuesday night. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"It's tough, but as the leader of this ball club you have to come out and play through that. Set the tone early, and I was able to do that.''
-- The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who scored 13 of his 20 points in the first quarter despite playing with a stomach flu in a 116-95 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
THE DAY'S TOP VIDEO
NBA.COM'S FANTASY TAKE
The Charlotte Bobcats need a big man. Anderson Varejao needs a home. It's a match made in heaven. The Cavaliers restricted free agent signed an offer sheet with the Bobcats on Tuesday, and Cleveland has a week to match the offer. What does this mean for your fantasy games? The Brazilian forward will be back in a week and give you around 7.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
SHOOTING STUDS
Tayshaun Prince, Pistons
106-95 win at Hawks
23 pts, 9-12 FG, 2-2 3-pt FG

Richard Jefferson, Nets
100-79 win at Cavaliers
36 pts, 11-18 FG, 1-2 3-pt FG, 13-15 FT

Amare Stoudemire, Suns
121-117 win at Pacers
42 pts, 15-24 FG, 12-13 FT
STAT SHEET STUFFER
Richard Jefferson has replaced Vince Carter as the go-to guy on the Nets. Jefferson is on pace to make his first All-Star appearance this season and is averaging more points than Carter for the first time in their four seasons together. On Tuesday, RJ tallied a season-high 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, while VC contributed 19 in a 100-79 triumph over the LeBron-less Cavaliers on Tuesday.
SHOOTING DUDS
Mo Williams, Bucks
87-78 loss at Clippers
3-14 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG, 8 pts

Joe Johnson, Hawks
106-95 loss vs Pistons
2-10 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG, 5 pts

Sasha Pavlovic, Cavaliers
100-79 loss vs. Nets
1-9 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 2 pts
SUNS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT
Amare Stoudemire is playing like it's 2005, Steve Nash is looking like an MVP candidate again and Grant Hill is balling like he still drinks Sprite. But more importantly, the Suns are winning basketball games. Phoenix increased its winning streak to three and notched its 14th win of the season with a 121-117 victory in Indiana on Tuesday night. Stoudemire poured in 42 points, including a fadeaway jumper with 6.5 seconds left to give Phoenix a three-point lead, and added 13 rebounds. Nash, who is leading the league in assists, registered 18 points and 17 dimes. Hill, coming off a 28-point performance against the Knicks on Sunday, contributed 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Indiana's Danny Granger missed a three-point attempt in the closing seconds and Nash wrapped up a 10-2 run to finish the game with a free throw.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
The Kings are one of the best teams in the league... when they're on their home court. On the road, they're miserable. Behind solid play from John Salmons off the bench in the fourth quarter, Sacramento held off the Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz 117-107 on Tuesday night to improve to 7-3 at ARCO Arena this season. The Kings are 3-1 on their current five-game homestand with wins also coming against the defending-champion Spurs and the Rockets. But after Friday's meeting with the Clippers, the Kings will play six of their next seven on the road, where they are just 0-7 this season. Salmons recorded 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as Sacramento outscored Utah 43-30 in the period. Kevin Martin, the team's leading scorer, left the game in the final minute of the third quarter with a groin injury.
LOCKDOWN OF THE NIGHT
The Clippers led by as many as 15 in the second quarter and took a 13-point lead into the half. But as quickly as their five-game losing streak appeared to be coming to an end, Milwaukee rallied and handed the Clippers an 87-78 defeat on Tuesday night. The Bucks, who had lost their previous five meetings against Los Angeles and seven straight at STAPLES Center, held the Clippers to just 29 points on nine field goals in the second half.
ROOKIE WATCH
I'm a big fan of the new +/- stats on NBA.com's boxscores. It's a great way to see how a player affects the game beyond individual stats. Here's a good example: Acie Law went 0-of-8 from the field but the Hawks were +18 when he was on the floor in his return from an ankle injury on Monday after missing eight games. Atlanta won that one. On Tuesday, the rookie guard shot 5-for-6 from the floor and finished with 11 points but the Hawks were -22 when he was on the court. Atlanta got crushed by Detroit.
D-LEAGUE STAR OF THE NIGHT
Jeremy Richardson, the D-League's second-leading scorer, posted a game-high 31 points to lead the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to a 126-113 triumph over the Bakersfield Jam on Tuesday. The first-year franchise has won three in a row and moved ahead of the Iowa Energy for first place in the Central Division. The forward out of Delta State, who has played in six NBA games with the Hawks and Blazers, also had eight rebounds and five steals.