AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -Richard Hamilton returned to the lineup and scored 14 points, leading the Detroit Pistons to an 85-71 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
The Cavs did, however, clinch a spot in the playoffs because the New Jersey Nets lost to the Phoenix Suns.
LeBron James had a lackluster night with 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting with five assists and five turnovers. Ben Wallace, in his first game at The Palace since joining the Cavs, was back on the court after missing two-plus games with back spams. But he didn't last long, needing help to go to the locker room after his back injury flared up.
Chauncey Billups and reserve Jason Maxiell each scored 13 while Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess had 12 points apiece for the Pistons, who have won three of four. Hamilton had missed three games with a sore hip.
Suns 110, Nets 104
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)- Amare Stoudemire had 33 points and 15 rebounds and Phoenix moved into a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division.
Leandro Barbosa added 21 points, Shaquille O'Neal had 17 points and seven rebounds and Steve Nash chipped in with 10 points and 11 assists as the Suns won their second game in two nights and their ninth in 11 games.
Vince Carter had 30 points to lead the Nets, who lost for the second straight night to fall two games behind Atlanta in the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey has eight games left, two less than the Hawks.
Bulls 114, Bucks 111
CHICAGO (AP) - Rookie Joakim Noah scored a season-high 18 points and had 15 rebounds to help Chicago hold on after nearly squandering a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Larry Hughes scored 19 points and Luol Deng added 16 to help the Bulls win for just the fourth time in 12 games. Chicago pulled 3 1/2 games behind eighth-place Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Michael Redd scored 33 points to lead the Bucks, who lost for the 12 time in 14 games in March. Charlie Villanueva scored 15 of this 26 points in the third quarter, and Mo Williams added 13 points for Milwaukee.
Nuggets 119, Warriors 112
DENVER (AP) - Kenyon Martin scored a season-high 30 points and Denver surged past Golden State in the wild Western Conference playoff race.
Martin also pulled down 11 rebounds, and J.R. Smith added 20 points off the bench, helping the Nuggets stave off a furious rally by the Warriors in the closing minutes.
The Nuggets moved a-half game ahead of the Warriors for the eighth and final playoff spot and pulled with a-half game of sliding Dallas for seventh place. The Mavericks visit the Warriors on Sunday night.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 for Denver on 11-of-16 shooting, but his fellow All-Star starter, Allen Iverson, went 4-for-20 from the field for 14 points.
Bobcats 93, Trail Blazers 85
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Emeka Okafor scored 21 points and Jason Richardson added 20 as Charlotte broke open the back-and-forth game in the final 2 minutes.
Travis Outlaw scored 26 points to lead Portland, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds for his team-leading 15th double-double of the season.
The Bobcats, who were outrebounded 57-32, scored seven straight points and took an 86-83 lead on Raymond Felton's 3-pointer with 1:59 to go.
Outlaw made a pair of free throws for the Blazers, but Felton and Richardson each made layups to push Charlotte's lead to 90-85. Felton, who finished with 18 points, added a long jumper with 42.9 seconds left to seal it for the Bobcats.
Clippers 110, Grizzlies 97
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rookie Al Thornton scored 20 of his career-high 39 points in the fourth quarter, Corey Maggette added 26, and Los Angeles snapped a season-worst 10-game losing streak.
Chris Kaman had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who won for only the third time in 19 games after consecutive home victories over Memphis and Utah. Brevin Knight had 14 points and 11 assists.
Rudy Gay had 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 20 off the bench for the Grizzlies, who are 6-23 since beating the Clippers in overtime at home on Jan. 26.

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