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|Sunday, 08 April 2007 01:15|
Carter matched his season high with 46 points, added a career-best 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Kidd tied a career high with 16 rebounds, equaled his season high with 18 assists and added a late free throw for 10 points.
Richard Jefferson matched his season high with 27 points and the Nets finished with a franchise-record 17 3-pointers in winning for the fifth time in seven games to prevent the Wizards from clinching a playoff berth.
Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 37 points and hit a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation to lead Washington, which lost its fourth straight. Jarvis Hayes added a career-high 29 points for the Wizards, who lost All-Stars Gilbert Arenas (knee) and Caron Butler (hand) in the past week with major injuries.
The victory moved New Jersey within three games of Washington in the race for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have six games to play, and they play again Tuesday in Washington.
Spurs 112, Warriors 99
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tim Duncan scored 28 points, Manu Ginobili added 25, and San Antonio handed Golden State a setback in its drive for a playoff spot.
The Warriors had won four straight and were trying to match a season-high winning streak. Golden State entered the contest one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jason Richardson led Golden State with 23 points. Al Harrington added 22.
Magic 116, Grizzlies 89
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Dwight Howard had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Orlando beat short-handed Memphis to remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference a game ahead of Indiana.
Howard, whose first seven field goals were dunks, finished 10-of-13 from the field. Hedo Turkoglu and Grant Hill each added 15 points as Orlando's starting five hit 25 of 32 field goal attempts.
Memphis, playing without three starters, was led by reserve Chucky Atkins, who had 18 points and five assists. Tarence Kinsey added 15 points, and Pau Gasol and Hakim Warrick had 14 apiece. The Grizzlies have lost five straight.
Pacers 105, Celtics 98
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, and Jermaine O'Neal added 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Indiana over injury-depleted Boston.
Allan Ray had 22 points and Sebastian Telfair scored 21 for the Celtics, who dressed only eight players. Paul Pierce (sore left elbow) was the biggest name on Boston's long injured list.
Troy Murphy scored nine of his 16 points in the third quarter and the Pacers extended an eight-point halftime lead to 66-48 with 7 minutes left in the period.
Hornets 96, Timberwolves 94
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chris Paul had 18 points and 10 assists in his return, and Rasual Butler added 17 points in New Orleans' victory over Minnesota.
Marc Jackson added 15 points and 11 rebounds starting in place of injured Tyson Chandler (left big toe).
Rashad McCants led Minnesota with 17 points and Mike James had 15, but they combined for only seven in the second half. Kevin Garnett scored five of his 13 points in the final minute, including a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play to make it 95-94.
Mavericks 86, Trail Blazers 74
DALLAS (AP) - Jason Terry scored 22 of his 29 points by halftime and Devin Harris added 18, leading Dallas over Portland.
Dallas needs a victory or a loss by Phoenix to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Suns play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, and the Mavericks play Monday night at home against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting for Dallas, which played without All-Star Josh Howard, who sprained an ankle in a loss at Denver on Friday night, or Jerry Stackhouse.
Jarrett Jack scored 18 points and reserve Travis Outlaw added 16 for the Trail Blazers, who were without Brandon Roy, leading scorer Zach Randolph and rookie LaMarcus Aldridge.
SuperSonics 106, Jazz 103
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Rashard Lewis scored 28 of his 35 points in the second half and Seattle rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Utah and end a four-game losing streak.
The Sonics hit six of eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when they outscored Utah 39-16 to hand the Jazz their third straight loss. Earl Watson had 15 points and nine assists, and Nick Collison added 14 points and seven rebounds.
Deron Williams had 24 points and 13 assists, and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, which leads Houston by one game for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Knicks 118, Bucks 113, OT
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Eddy Curry scored a career-high 43 points, including his first 3-pointer of the season to force overtime, in New York's victory over Milwaukee.
Nate Robinson matched a career high with 34 points for the Knicks, who snapped a four-game losing streak and remained three games behind eighth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee, which lost for the ninth time in 10 games, got 27 points and seven rebounds from Ruben Patterson. Michael Redd, who missed the last two games with pain in his left knee, added 25 points.