SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 9
New Orleans at Minnesota (8 p.m. EDT). The Hornets look to stay atop the Western Conference when they take on the Timberwolves.

STARS
Tuesday
-Jason Richardson, Bobcats, scored 36 points and Charlotte avoided a collapse to beat Minnesota 121-119.
-Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 36 points in Denver's 117-99 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers.
-Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers, scored 23 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds and Portland held off the Los Angeles Lakers 112-103.
- Baron Davis, Warriors, had 33 points and nine assists, leading Golden State to a 140-132 win over Sacramento.
- Amare Stoudemire, Suns, had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 127-113 win against 127-113.
CLINCHED
Mehmet Okur had 22 points and 17 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz clinch the Northwest Division with a 77-66 win over New Orleans on Tuesday night. Even with the division crown, the Jazz still had only the fifth-best record in the Western Conference, half a game behind Houston, meaning the Jazz have not yet sealed home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

NOT SO SUPER
Dallas beat Seattle 99-83 Tuesday night, handing the SuperSonics their club-record 60th loss of the season. The Mavericks beat the Sonics for the 13th straight time, dating to Dec. 9, 2004. Seattle has also lost 10 straight on the road.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Al Jefferson matched a career high with 40 points, but Minnesota fell to Charlotte 121-119 on Tuesday night. ... Rudy Gay scored 36 points in Memphis' 127-113 loss to Phoenix. ... Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, but the Lakers lost to Portland 112-103.

SNAPPED
Utah snapped New Orleans' 11-game home winning streak, beating the Jazz 77-66 on Tuesday night. ... Kasib Powell scored a career-high 18 points, leading Miami to a 95-88 victory over Chicago and end a seven-game losing streak.

SPEAKING
``It brought chills to me, seeing those Bad Boys teams, and to see the legacy they have here. That motivated us to get a win for Isiah. I was ready to go as soon as the ball went up.'' - Knicks forward Wilson Chandler on the pregame ceremony that honored coach Isiah Thomas to the Pistons' all-time team Tuesday night. The Knicks beat the Pistons 98-94.

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