Mavericks 100, 76ers 83
PHILADELPHIA -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, going 14-for-14 from the foul line, and former Philadelphia player Keith Van Horn added 15 points to help Dallas clinch a playoff spot. The Mavericks, fourth in the Western Conference, won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-1 since Avery Johnson replaced Don Nelson as coach on March 19. Allen Iverson scored 22 points for the 76ers before sitting out the fourth quarter because of a strained groin. Marc Jackson also had 22 points for Philadelphia. The 76ers, who have lost three straight, played without Chris Webber for the second time since acquiring him from Sacramento in February. Webber is expected to miss at least two more games after spraining his left shoulder against Phoenix on Wednesday night.
Celtics 116, Hawks 100
ATLANTA -- Boston raced to a 30-point lead in the first half and then held on to end its four-game losing streak. The Hawks suffered their 11th straight loss, including nine straight at home. They have lost 24 of 25 games. The Celtics shot 69 percent from the field in the first half and 60 percent overall. Ricky Davis scored a season-high 36 points, including 20 in the second period, as Boston tried to put the Hawks away early. A 3-pointer by Paul Pierce midway through the second period gave the Celtics their first 30-point lead, 53-23. Sparked by six straight points from Tom Gugliotta, the Hawks cut Boston's lead to nine points, 84-75, late in the third period. The Celtics kept their lead in double figures through the final period. Josh Childress led the Hawks with a career-high 26 points. Another rookie, Josh Smith, had 16 points, and Al Harrington added 15. Pierce added 17 for Boston, and Gary Payton had 14.
Wizards 111, Magic 102
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gilbert Arenas scored 31 points and Larry Hughes added 30 for Washington, which withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Orlando. The Wizards led by 24 points to start the final period, but Orlando got as close as 97-92 with four minutes to play before Washington regained control. Rookie Dwight Howard led the Magic with 22 points, 12 of them in the final period. Steve Francis added 21 points and 10 rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson had 19 points. The Wizards led 93-69 at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Magic scored the first 10 points of the period and eventually outscored the Wizards 23-4. The Magic backcourt of Francis and Stevenson hit 7-of-21 shots and scored 18 points.
Raptors 119, Bobcats 107
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Jalen Rose had 23 to help Toronto snap a two-game losing streak. Donyell Marshall added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Rafer Alston also had 18 points for the Raptors. Emeka Okafor had 29 points and 14 rebounds -- his 39th double-double -- for the Bobcats.
Pistons 97, Clippers 84
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points to help Detroit clinch a playoff spot in coach Larry Brown's return. Brown was back on the bench after missing 10 games because of complications from surgery in early March related to his hip surgery in November. Detroit went 6-4 with Gar Heard directing the team in place of Brown. Richard Hamilton added 14 points and a season-high 11 assists for Detroit. Marco Jaric led Los Angeles with 24 points.
Nets 93, Knicks 91
NEW YORK -- Vince Carter scored 31 points and New Jersey moved within a half-game of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Winning for the eighth time in 10 games, New Jersey passed Orlando in the standings and moved a game closer to Philadelphia. Jason Kidd added 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Nets. Stephon Marbury led New York with 26 points, and Jamal Crawford had 23.
Hornets 76, Rockets 73
HOUSTON -- Lee Nailon scored 16 points and fellow reserve Dan Dickau added 14, helping New Orleans rally from an 18-point second-half deficit. P.J. Brown scored 13 points and Chris Andersen had 16 rebounds and nine points to lead an improbable fourth-quarter comeback by the Hornets' reserves, who feasted under the basket against an undersized Houston team that was missing center Yao Ming. Ming sat out with a sore right calf, only the second time he's missed a game in his three-year career. Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 21 points.
Grizzlies 93, Bucks 82
MILWAUKEE -- Pau Gasol scored 20 points, and Shane Battier added 18 to help Memphis snap a three-game losing streak. Milwaukee has lost eight straight, the last three at home. Desmond Mason, returning after missing a game with a contusion on his right leg, led the Bucks with 24 points.
Suns 107, Timberwolves 98
PHOENIX -- Steve Nash scored 12 of his 28 points in the last nine minutes and Phoenix snapped Minnesota's five-game winning streak. Amare Stoudemire, back after missing two games because of inflammation in his left ankle, added 22 points and nine rebounds to help the Suns win their fourth straight game and improve to an NBA-best 55-17. Nash also had 11 assists. Wally Szczerbiak scored 17 points, and Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota.
Warriors 108, Jazz 91
SALT LAKE CITY -- Derek Fisher scored 19 points in Golden State's first victory in Utah since Nov. 11, 1994. The Warriors, who had lost 18 straight games in Utah, won for the seventh time in eight games overall. Gordan Giricek led Utah with 17 points.
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