Basketball News and Notes April 13

Basketball News and Notes April 13

NBA Today - April 13
Fri, Apr 13, 2007
By Associated Press

Indiana at Miami (8 p.m. EDT). The Pacers, a game behind eighth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference, face the Heat, who wrapped up the Southeast Division on Wednesday.

STARS Thursday

-Corey Maggette, Clippers, scored a career-high 39 points and added eight rebounds and nine assists as Los Angeles rallied to defeat the Lakers 118-110.

-Lebron James, Cavaliers, scored 35 points in 36 minutes to help Cleveland to an easy 94-76 win over New Jersey.

PRIMED FOR PLAYOFFS

Cleveland secured home-court advantage for the first round of the NBA playoffs with a 94-76 win over New Jersey Thursday night. The Cavaliers, now tied with Chicago (47-32) for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, will probably have to win their remaining three games and hope the Bulls - who own the tiebreaker between the clubs - stumble to avoid being the No. 5 seed and possibly playing Miami in the first round.

STAYING ALIVE

The Clippers overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Lakers 118-110 on Thursday night, putting them into a tie with Golden State for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western conference. The Clippers (38-40), who also snapped a three-game losing streak, and the Warriors now trail the seventh-place Lakers by 1 1/2 games.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Kobe Bryant recorded his ninth 50-point performance of the season as the Los Angeles Lakers dropped a 118-110 decision to the Clippers Thursday night. Bryant's 50-point efforts are the most in a season since Wilt Chamberlain also had nine during the 1964-65 season playing with Philadelphia and San Francisco.

SPEAKING

''We got a lead and I guess we got comfortable. We knew we were playing a team that was desperate. When you're playing a team that's desperate, you can't let up.'' - Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton after a 118-110 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night. The Lakers led by as many as 17 points before losing for the seventh time in nine games. The crosstown rivals have now split their season series 2-2 for the third straight year.

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Mavs sign Willis for remainder of season
Thu, Apr 12, 2007
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DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks are going to keep 44-year-old center Kevin Willis around a little longer.

Willis, the oldest active player in the NBA, was signed Thursday for the rest of the season after the 10-day contract he got on April 2 ran out.

The 7-foot Willis has played only six minutes in two games for Dallas, which has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with four games left. He has one rebound and one blocked shot without scoring a point.

Still, the Mavericks are keeping Willis to provide depth in the middle. Starting center Erick Dampier has been hampered by a shoulder injury and didn't travel to Minnesota for Wednesday night's game. He also will miss Friday's game against the Utah Jazz.

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Knicks Stephon Marbury (toe) is listed as doubtful for tonight.

Bobcats Gerald Wallace (knee) is listed as questionable for tonight.

Raptors Andrea Bargnani has come down with the flu, and will miss tonight's game.

Mavs Dirk Nowitzki will likely play tonight, but his minutes are expected to be quite limited according to the Dallas Morning News.

Pacers Jamaal Tinsley (elbow) is questionable

Blazers Brandon Roy (knee) is questionable

Knicks David Lee (leg) is questionable.

Ron Artest (hamstring) is doubtful and Kevin Martin (infection) is questionable.

Celtics: Delonte West (ankle) and Al Jefferson (knee) are doubtful.

Bobcats: Matt Carroll (back) and Adam Morrison (knee) are questionable.





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Mavs Devin Harris will play tonight according to the Dallas Morning News.

Mavs coach Avery Johnson said Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier will watch from the bench tonight.

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