SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 1
New Orleans at Orlando (7 p.m. EDT). The Hornets (50-22) have reached 50 wins for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

STARS
Monday
-Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Suns. Stoudemire scored 41 points and Nash had 36 in Phoenix's 132-117 victory over Denver.
-Chris Bosh, Raptors, scored 32 points and Toronto beat Charlotte 104-100.
-C.J. Miles, Jazz, scored a career-high 29 points to lead Utah to a 129-87 rout of Washington.
-Jason Kidd, Mavericks, scored 27 points, leading Dallas to a 93-86 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

TRIPLE THREAT
Utah set a team record with 15 3-pointers in a 129-87 rout of the short-handed Washington Wizards on Monday night. The Jazz outscored Washington 42-19 in the second quarter, tying the team record with seven 3-pointers and going 16-for-24 from the field.

CONFERENCE RACE
Phoenix rallied from a 22-point second-quarter deficit to overcome the Denver Nuggets 132-117 Monday night for its 50th victory of the season. In reaching at least 50 wins for the fourth straight season, the Suns tied the idle Los Angeles Lakers for first place in the Pacific Division and strengthened their position in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

WELCOME BACK
Jermaine O'Neal scored nine points after sitting out for more than two months with a knee injury, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 105-85 on Monday night. O'Neal had missed 33 straight games with a bone bruise on his left knee, but he shot 3-for-4 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line against the Heat.

SPEAKING
``Only 41 ... I could have played a little better. - Amare Stoudemire after scoring 41 points in Phoenix's 132-117 victory over Denver on Monday night.

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