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|Saturday, 01 March 2008 19:34|
The Spurs seemed in control until the Bucks mounted an 11-3 run late in the fourth, capped by Charlie Bell's driving layup that gave the Bucks a 94-93 lead with 20 seconds left.
Ginobili responded with a jumper with Bell flying at him to make it 95-94.
Bell had one last chance, but lost the ball in traffic on the Bucks' next possession. Tony Parker, who scored 26 points, grabbed the ball and was fouled. He made one free throw. After a Bucks' timeout, the Bucks worked the ball to Michael Redd who was fouled on a drive to hoop. He missed the first throw and the second on purpose. It almost worked, but Andrew Bogut missed on the putback and the defending NBA champions had a victory.
The Spurs remained the top seed in the Western Conference and are a game ahead of New Orleans in the Southwest Division.
The Bucks did defend Tim Duncan well. The All-Star power forward, who had at least 23 points and 10 rebounds in each of his last four games, ended up with nine points and seven rebounds.
Redd scored 25 points and Bogut had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks.
76ers 119, Suns 114
PHOENIX (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 32 points, and Philadelphia held on to win in Phoenix for the first time in six years.
Andre Miller added 25 points and 12 assists for the 76ers, who shot 57 percent after being blown out at Golden State 119-97 on Friday night. Willie Green scored 17, including three crucial free throws in the final 18.2 seconds.
Louis Williams added 13, including a 3-pointer and breakaway layup in the final 1:10.
The Suns lost consecutive home games for the first time this season to fall to 2-4 since Shaquille O'Neal joined the lineup. Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and Leandro Barbosa scored 22 for Phoenix. Steve Nash had 21 points and 11 assists.
The 76ers led most of the night in snapping a five-game losing streak in Phoenix. Their last victory on the Suns' court came on Jan. 2, 2002.
Jazz 113, Grizzlies 92
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Deron Williams had 19 assists and scored 13 points, and Utah sent Memphis to its eighth straight loss.
Seven players scored in double figures for Northwest Division-leading Utah, including all five starters. Carlos Boozer led Utah with 18 points, and Mehmet Okur finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 20 points. Hakim Warrick and Juan Carlos Navarro scored 17 points apiece, with Warrick grabbing 13 rebounds. Darko Milicic finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The eight straight losses is the longest skid of the season for Memphis.
Magic 118, Knicks 92
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Dwight Howard had 26 points and 22 rebounds to help short-handed Orlando beat New York.
Howard thrived in the paint with the Knicks missing Zach Randolph, their second-leading scorer and top rebounder. Randolph took a few shots in pregame warmups, then went to the locker room because of a sore right foot. He said someone stepped on it in New York's Friday night loss at Atlanta.
Jamal Crawford had 23 points and seven assists for the Knicks.
Missing injured guards Jameer Nelson and Keyon Dooling, the Magic used only eight players until the last 4:50. Hedo Turkoglu had 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and Rashard Lewis had 22 points and seven rebounds.