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Pacers 102, Nets 98

NEWARK, N.J.

Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Danny Granger had 17 of his 20 in the second half as the Indiana Pacers opened a two-game lead in the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Darren Collison added 15 points — nine in the final 2:24 — and 12 assists for the Pacers.

Celtics 96, Knicks 86

NEW YORK

Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Rajon Rondo added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics scored the final 10 points. Paul Pierce scored 21 points and Ray Allen had 15 for Boston despite a poor shooting night. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points for the Knicks.

Bulls 132, Kings 92

CHICAGO

Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver scored 18 points apiece. The win gave the Bulls their first 50-win season since 1997-98 and allowed Chicago to remain tied with Boston atop the Eastern Conference. Carlos Boozer scored 16 points in his return to the Bulls’ lineup after missing five games with a sprained left ankle.

Spurs 111, Warriors 96

SAN ANTONIO

Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs got a scare when Tim Duncan sprained his left ankle. X-rays on Duncan’s foot were negative. The injury looked potentially serious as Duncan lay on his side, clutching his foot with both hands, for more than a minute.

Jazz 103, Grizzlies 85

MEMPHIS, TENN.

Zach Randolph scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot. Seven Memphis players finished in double figures as the Grizzlies won for the third time in four games. Darrell Arthur scored 14 points.

Associated Press

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