SCOREBOARD
Friday, March 28
New Jersey at Indiana (7 p.m. EDT). The Nets are a half-game behind the Hawks for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

STARS
Thursday
-Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 32 points in a 118-105 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

CLINCHED
Rookie Arron Afflalo had career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds as the Detroit Pistons clinched the Central Division title with a 85-69 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

JOCKEYING
The Golden State Warriors bolstered their playoff position against the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers in a 111-95 victory on Thursday night. Golden State maintained a half-game lead over Denver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and moved within a half-game of Dallas for seventh place. ... Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and sparked the decisive run in the third quarter of the Denver Nuggets' 118-105 win over the sliding Dallas Mavericks. Allen Iverson added 31 points for the Nuggets, who are a half-game behind Golden State for the last playoff spot, and one game behind the Mavericks.

WELCOME BACK
Nene played the final 77 seconds of the Nuggets' 118-105 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, marking his return to the court 2 1/2 months after surgery to remove a malignant testicular tumor.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Jason Kidd had 19 points and 15 assists in the Mavericks' 118-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

SPEAKING
``I survived, I'm still here. I'm a new man, stronger than ever, I just say, 'Thank you, everybody.''' - Denver forward Nene, who played the final 77 seconds of the Nuggets' 118-105 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, marking his return to the court 2 1/2 months after surgery to remove a malignant testicular tumor.
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