BASKETBALL ON THE WIRE
Bargnani nets 26
Andrea Bargnani scored 26 points, Linas Kleiza had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Houston Rockets 106-96 Friday night to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
DeMar DeRozan added 15 points, Sonny Weems had 13 and Amir Johnson had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors.
Pistons on ballot
Five Detroit Pistons are on the NBA All-Star ballot.
Shooting guards Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon along with point guard Rodney Stuckey, small forward Tayshaun Prince and centre Ben Wallace are on the ballot.
The Pistons are back in action Sunday when they host the Washington Wizards (6 p.m., FSN Plus).
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett was asked about his recent on-and off-court dispute with Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva during an interview on WEEI 850-AM in Boston.
“Dude knew what I said to him,” Garnett said.
“I’m not going to get back into it and bring it up because, you know what, I’m not speaking to nobodies these days.”