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 PHOENIX (AP) -Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit for a crucial 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Josh Howard added 24 and Brandon Bass 19 for the Mavericks, who used a smothering defense in a 16-0 run that put them ahead for good in a game the Suns had led nearly throughout. Phoenix went scoreless for just under 8 minutes, missing 12 shots in the process.
Nowitzki, in his third game back since missing four with a sprained left knee and ankle, scored 12 in the fourth quarter, when Dallas outscored Phoenix 27-9.
Amare Stoudemire had 31 points for the Suns, who were 3-for-19 from the field in the fourth. Steve Nash had 14 points and 10 assists.
Hornets 108, Warriors 96
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul had 16 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans tied a franchise record for single-season victories with its 54th.
It was the fourth career triple double for Paul, who inspired boisterous chants of M-V-P from a sellout crowd that watched the Hornets win their 11th straight home game and fourth straight overall.
Monta Ellis scored 35 points to keep the Warriors in the game late into the final period, but Golden State had only three points from its reserves until the game's final minute.
Peja Stojakovic and David West each scored 25 points, helping New Orleans close the game on an 18-6 run after Golden State had rallied to tie the game at 90 early in the fourth quarter.
Pistons 91, Heat 75
MIAMI (AP) - Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points, Tayshaun Prince added 14 on 6-for-7 shooting and Detroit wrapped up the No. 2 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Jarvis Hayes, Jason Maxiell, Juan Dixon and Arron Afflalo each scored 10 points for the Pistons, who won their fifth straight and improved to 55-21.
Earl Barron scored 20 points for Miami, which lost its seventh straight, fell to 13-64 and moved closer to clinching the NBA's worst record. With that comes one bright spot: The Heat would have the best chance of getting the No. 1 pick in June's draft.
Spurs 72, Trail Blazers 65
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Tim Duncan had 27 points and 11 rebounds and San Antonio won its 12th straight against Portland.
Manu Ginobili's dunk with 1:31 left all but sealed it for the Spurs, who handed the Blazers their fifth consecutive loss. Ginobili finished with 10 points and six assists.
San Antonio's Tony Parker hit consecutive baskets, a running jumper and a jumper from the top of the key, to make it 70-60 with 3:37 left in the game.
All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who returned after a four-game absence because of a groin injury, led the Blazers with 18 points. Travis Outlaw added 14 and LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Pacers 105, Bucks 97
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Travis Diener scored 15 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Indiana beat Milwaukee to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Diener made five of six 3-pointers in the final period. Danny Granger had 27 points, Mike Dunleavy added 17 points and seven assists, and Jeff Foster had a season-high 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won eight of 11.
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 24 points and Charlie Villanueva added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost six of eight. Bucks point guard Mo Williams sat out with an abdominal injury.
The Pacers trail the Atlanta Hawks by three games for the eighth playoff spot in the East with five games to play. Indiana hosts Atlanta Tuesday.
Grizzlies 113, Timberwolves 101
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Miller scored 34 points and hit a season-high eight 3-pointers to help Memphis hand Minnesota its fourth straight loss and sixth in the last seven.
Rudy Gay added 23 points and Hakim Warrick had 20 for the Grizzlies.
The teams traded the lead heading into the final minutes of the fourth quarter until Memphis sparked an 21-6 run by converting two consecutive three-point plays.
The Wolves dominated the paint early, but the more-athletic Grizzlies drove it more often, and finished with seven dunks and 16 more attempted free throws.
Ryan Gomes led Minnesota with 19 points and Al Jefferson had 18.
Knicks 100, Magic 90
NEW YORK (AP) - Rookie Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 23 points, Zach Randolph added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and New York snapped a five-game losing streak.
Fred Jones and David Lee added 13 points apiece for the Knicks, who won for just the third time in 20 games. The other two victories were against Miami, making this their first win over a team other than the league-worst Heat since beating Charlotte on Feb. 27.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points for the Magic, who will now have the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. After winning at Cleveland on Saturday, the Magic seemed to run out of gas late in this one after trailing by two with 8 1/2 minutes left.
Lakers 114, Kings 92
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, Vladimir Radmanovic matched his season high with 21 and the Lakers stayed on track for the Pacific Division title.
Radmanovic hit five 3-pointers and tied his career high with 14 rebounds, while Pau Gasol added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who won their fourth straight. They snapped their longtime rivals' four-game winning streak with an outstanding second half, including a 23-9 run in the third quarter led by three of Bryant's four 3-pointers.
Although the Lakers still trail New Orleans by 1 1/2 games for the Western Conference lead, the win pushed Los Angeles (53-24) - which has the same record as San Antonio - two games ahead of Phoenix (51-26) in the Pacific standings with five games to play.
Kevin Martin scored 22 points for the Kings, who simply seemed exhausted after winning at Denver one night earlier.
Rockets 105, Clippers 79
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rookie reserve Aaron Brooks scored 18 points, five teammates reached double figures, and Houston clinched a playoff berth.
The victory was the third straight for the Rockets (52-25), who rank fifth in the rugged Western Conference but trail the first-place New Orleans Hornets by only 2 1/2 games.
Rookie Luis Scola scored 16 points, Luther Head added 15, Tracy McGrady had 13 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, Bobby Jackson had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Shane Battier scored 11 for the Rockets, who shot 48.1 percent and outrebounded the Clippers 51-33.
Josh Powell had a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers (23-54), who have lost 21 of their last 25 games.
SuperSonics 151, Nuggets 147, 2OT
SEATTLE (AP) - Kevin Durant scored a season-high 37 points and fellow rookie Jeff Green had a season-high 35 as Seattle damaged Denver's playoff hopes.
Green, whose previous high was 23 points, scored 24 in the second half and overtime. His five quick points to start the second overtime gave the draft lottery-bound Sonics (18-59) the winning cushion.
Carmelo Anthony, who scored 47 points Saturday in a loss to Sacramento, led the Nuggets with 38 points. Allen Iverson added 26 points and Kenyon Martin had 22. The loss kept the Nuggets in a tie with Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
 

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