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Sunday, 13 April 2008 05:32
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 SCOREBOARD
Sunday, April 13
San Antonio at L.A. Lakers (3:30 p.m. EDT). The Lakers trail the Hornets by a half-game for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Monday, April 14
Houston at Utah (9 p.m. EDT). The Rockets and Jazz are battling for third place in the Western Conference.

STARS
Saturday
-Antawn Jamison, Wizards, scored 25 points and had 13 rebounds to lead Washington to a 109-93 victory over Indiana.
-Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson, Warriors. Davis had 25 points and nine assists and Jackson added 28 points in Golden State's 122-116 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers.
-Jason Richardson, Bobcats, scored 26 points and Charlotte beat Indiana 107-103.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Washington's 109-93 victory over Indiana on Saturday night means the Wizards can finish no worse than sixth in the Eastern Conference, and that they can't be caught by the 76ers. Washington leads Philadelphia by two games with two to play and owns the tiebreaker due to a better conference record.

SETBACK
Charlotte beat Indiana 107-103 on Saturday night to deal a severe blow to the Pacers' playoff hopes. The Pacers entered the night two games behind Atlanta with three games to play. With the loss and Atlanta's loss to Boston, the Pacers need to win their last two and have the Hawks lose their final two to get into the playoffs.

WILD WEST
Sacramento dealt a big blow to New Orleans' hopes for the top seed in the Western Conference with a 94-91 victory over the Hornets on Saturday night. The loss dropped the Hornets (55-25) into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the top spot in the West with only two games remaining. The Lakers control the tiebreaker with New Orleans based on a better conference record.

DEBUT
New Jersey beat Milwaukee 111-98 on Saturday night, spoiling Bucks general manager John Hammond's first game watching his new team play. Hammond, who spent the past seven years as Detroit's vice president of basketball operations, was named general manager Friday and introduced during a news conference 3 1/2 hours before Saturday night's game.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
David West had 30 points and 15 rebounds, but New Orleans fell to Sacramento 94-91 on Friday night. ... Danny Granger scored a career-high 37 points in Indiana's 107-103 loss to Charlotte. ... Cuttino Mobley had 30 points and 10 rebounds in the Clippers' 122-116 loss to Golden State.

SPEAKING
``We had everything to play for, our (playoff) lives were on the line. When a game is that important, there's no reason we shouldn't win it, especially against a team that's already been eliminated.'' - Indiana's Danny Granger after the Pacers' 107-103 loss to Charlotte on Saturday night.
 

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