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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, March 31
Denver at Phoenix (10 p.m. EDT). The Nuggets, in contention for a playoff berth in the Western Conference, have won five straight games.

STARS
Saturday
-Al Thornton, Clippers, scored 20 of his career-high 39 points in the fourth quarter in a 110-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, scored 33 points with 15 rebounds in a 110-104 win over the New Jersey Nets.
-Kenyon Martin, Nuggets, had 30 points and 11 rebounds in a 119-112 win over the Warriors.
-Joakim Noah, Bulls, had a season-high 18 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks to lead Chicago to a 114-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

RISING
nference playoff race with a 119-112 win. 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.

SNAPPED
Rookie Al Thornton scored 20 of his career-high 39 points in the fourth quarter, Corey Maggette added 26, and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a season-worst 10-game losing streak with a 110-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

BULLISH
Rookie Joakim Noah scored a season-high 18 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night after nearly squandering a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter. Chicago pulled 3 1/2 games behind eighth-place Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Vince Carter scored 32 points with six assists in New Jersey's 110-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

SPEAKING
``I got hit on it early in the game, and it just bothered me throughout. I hope my teammates don't think I was out there point-shaving or something.'' - Denver's Allen Iverson, who shot only 4-for-20 from the field due to a broken right ring finger in a 119-112 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. The Nuggets moved a-half game ahead of the Warriors for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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