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NBA ROUNDUP Saturday's other games



Published: Sun, April 14, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Mavericks 116, SuperSonics 99

SEATTLE -- Michael Finley scored 29 points and Nick Van Exel added 22 as Dallas rolled over Seattle in a matchup of possible first-round playoff opponents. If the Mavericks (55-24) win the Midwest Division and the Sonics (44-36) finish No. 7 in the Western Conference, they'll meet in an opening round best-of-5 playoff series. Despite playing without Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks led by as many as 32 in beating the Sonics for the third time in four games this season -- including both games here. Dallas shot 53.4 percent (47-for-88) from the floor, with Finley going 11-for-17, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. The deep and talented Mavericks got 17 points from reserve Greg Buckner and 14 apiece from starters Eduardo Najera and Raef LaFrentz. Gary Payton led Seattle with 21 points. Payton didn't get much help. Vladimir Radmanovic, returning to the starting lineup, had 12 points and Desmond Mason 11.

Spurs 113, Grizzlies 92

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tim Duncan had 30 points and Malik Rose added a season-high 26 as San Antonio defeated Memphis in the Grizzlies' last home game of the season.

The Grizzlies allowed the Spurs to score 44 points in the first quarter, the most ever against the franchise -- including its time in Vancouver.

The Spurs' biggest lead of 30 points came when Jason Hart hit two free throws with 4:18 left to make it 109-79.

The Spurs got 12 points from Mark Bryant, while Duncan grabbed 14 rebounds and Rose added 11 more. Pau Gasol led Memphis with 19 points.

San Antonio led 44-23 after one quarter and took its biggest lead of the first half on a 10-foot jumper by Rose with 9:56 left in the second quarter, making it 50-24. The Spurs went into the final period with a 23-point lead and the Grizzlies never challenged.

The Spurs had an 18-0 run beginning in the first period that ended almost a minute into the second quarter when Tony Massenburg hit one of two foul shots.

The Grizzlies also got 15 points from Jason Williams, 14 from Lorenzen Wright and 11 each from Shane Battier and Will Solomon.

Pistons 124, Bulls 106

CHICAGO -- Chucky Atkins scored 20 of his season-high 26 points in the first half as Detroit beat Chicago.

Six Detroit players finished in double figures. Cliff Robinson, back in the lineup after missing the last two games to attend his stepfather's funeral, scored 21. Ben Wallace added 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Bulls stunned the Pistons on Wednesday night, beating them 102-101 at the Palace, and Detroit wasn't about to let it happen again. Atkins' 15-footer in the first quarter sparked an 11-3 run that gave Detroit a 31-23 lead, and the Pistons never trailed again.

Jalen Rose led Chicago with 26 points, but it was an ugly end to the Bulls' home season as they gave up their second-most points of the year. Only Minnesota, which scored 127 in a November game, scored more.

It was so bad the loudest cheers in the fourth quarter came when the Bulls finally hit 100 points, giving fans free tacos.

Nuggets 98, Suns 94

DENVER -- Voshon Lenard had 28 points, and Donnell Harvey added 15 points and 10 rebounds as Denver beat Phoenix. Denver has won five straight at home and took the season series (3-1) from Phoenix for first time since 1995-96. Phoenix has lost six of seven and five straight on the road. Shawn Marion led the Suns with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Stephon Marbury added 18 points and 11 assists.

-- Associated Press




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