SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 10
New York at Chicago (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Bulls have the best home record (29-10) in the Eastern Conference.

STARS
Monday
- Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 33 points to give Denver sole possession of sixth place in the Western Conference with a 115-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Yao Ming, Rockets, scored 31 points in Houston's 95-90 win over Seattle.
- Tony Parker, Spurs, scored 30 points and San Antonio beat Portland 112-96.

FIFTY: STILL NIFTY
Detroit beat New York 91-83 Monday night for its 50th win of the season. The Pistons have won 50 games in a franchise-record six straight seasons, one more than a stretch from 1986-91.

DONE AND DONE
Dallas ensured itself the NBA's best record with five games to go, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 96-86 Monday night.

LUCKY SEVEN
Seven Raptors scored in double-figures to help Toronto rally and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-100 on Monday night. Jose Calderon scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth for the Raptors, who overcame a nine-point deficit in the final quarter to stretch their winning streak to four.

JOCKEYING FOR POSITION
San Antonio refocused after nearly blowing a 16-point lead and beat Portland 112-96 Monday night to move to within two games of idle Phoenix for the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Each team has five games remaining in the regular season. ... Houston beat Seattle 95-90 to move past Utah into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Utah lost at Golden State 126-102.

NOT AN ILLUSION
Orlando equaled its best shooting performance of the season on Monday night, making 62.5 percent from the floor in a 117-94 victory over Milwaukee.

SPEAKING
``I told them if I see them on the plane, I'll fine them,'' Dallas coach Avery Johnson on stars Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse, whom he announced would not be joining the club on a road trip to Minnesota after the Mavericks sealed home-court throughout the playoffs by beating the Clippers 96-86 Monday night.

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