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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 15
Sacramento at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. EDT). A victory by the Lakers would earn them the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs and home-court advantage through the first three rounds.

STARS
Monday
-Roger Mason, Wizards, scored 31 points in Washington's 117-110 win over Indiana.
-Tony Parker, Spurs, had a season-high-tying 32 points and 11 assists, leading San Antonio to a 101-98 victory over Sacramento
-Luol Deng, Bulls, scored 32 points on 15-for-20 shooting to lead Chicago to a 151-135 victory Milwaukee.
-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Phoenix beat Golden State 122-116.

PLAYOFF BOUND
Atlanta clinched the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference when the Indiana Pacers, the only other team with a mathematical chance, lost at Washington 117-110 on Monday night. The Hawks, who will face Boston in the first round, are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the league's longest playoff drought.

CLINCHED
Denver clinched the eighth spot in the West when Golden State lost to Phoenix 122-116. The Nuggets are in the playoffs for the fifth straight time. ... Cleveland clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 91-90 win over Philadelphia on Monday night. The Cavaliers will face the Wizards in the first round and the 76ers will get the Detroit Pistons. ... Toronto locked up the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 91-75 win over Miami, guaranteeing a first-round matchup with Orlando.

ROOKIE SESSION
Rookie Ramon Sessions set a franchise record with 24 assists in Milwaukee's 151-135 loss to Chicago on Monday night. Sessions also scored 20 points - the first 20-20 with points and assists in franchise history.

OFFENSIVE BURST
Chicago fell just short of a franchise record for points and shooting percentage with a 151-135 victory over Milwaukee on Monday night. The Bulls fell four points short of the franchise regulation record set in 1990. Chicago shot 67 percent from the field, just off a franchise high set in 1981, but the highest ever allowed by the Bucks.

SPEAKING
``It's a broken record. Even though we've been playing the same team over and over again, kind of like 'Groundhog Day,' we're still happy to be there and we're not taking it for granted.'' - Washington center Brendan Haywood on facing Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards' 117-110 win over Indiana on Monday night coincided with the Cavaliers' 91-90 victory over Philadelphia, securing the No. 4 seed for LeBron James and Co. and the No. 5 seed for Washington.
 

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