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Bobcats 111, 76ers 105

Bobcats 111, 76ers 105: Al Jefferson collected 29 points and 12 rebounds as host Charlotte won for the sixth time in seven games. Gerald Henderson scored 14 points for the Bobcats, who remained a game behind Washington for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Luke Ridnour, Cody Zeller and Chris Douglas-Roberts chipped in 12 points apiece as Charlotte shot 54.2 percent from the field.

Preview: Timberwolves at Kings

Corey Brewer looks for an encore performance when he leads the Minnesota Timberwolves into a matchup at Sacramento on Sunday. Brewer erupted for a career-high and franchise record-tying 51 points in a 112-110 win over Houston on Friday night, pulling Minnesota within one win of finishing with at least a .500 record for the first time since 2004-05. Gorgui Dieng continued his solid play for the Timberwolves with 12 points - including the game-winner with 4.6 seconds left - and 20 rebounds.

Clippers 117, Kings 101

Clippers 117, Kings 101: Blake Griffin scored 27 points and handed out nine assists as host Los Angeles pulled away late to win for the 19th time in 23 games. DeAndre Jordan had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Clippers, who need to win out and have Oklahoma City lose out to gain the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 assists and Jamal Crawford hit two big 3-pointers down the stretch and finished with 10 points in his return from a calf injury.

James leads Heat to win over Pacers in battle for East top spot

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 12 (EFE).- LeBron James scored 36 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-86 home victory over the Indiana Pacers and into first place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers led the East for most of the season but they have been in a tailspin since early March and that lack of form proved costly in Friday's night's pivotal game at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The Heat trailed Indiana by two after 12 minutes of play but then shifted into a higher gear to build a comfortable 76-62 advantage by the end of the third quarter.

Preview: 76ers at Bobcats

The Charlotte Bobcats look to bounce back from a tough road loss when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Charlotte dropped a 106-103 decision in Boston on Friday to fall a game behind Washington in the race for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Al Jefferson scored 32 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in the loss, which snapped the Bobcats' season-high five-game winning streak.

Preview: Kings at Clippers

(Updated: UPDATES Clippers playoff situation after Oklahoma City victory in Para 1 and 2) The Los Angeles Clippers look to keep alive their slim hopes at a No. 2 seed in the Western Conference when they host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. The Clippers' chances at moving up a spot before the playoffs began were virtually wiped away when they dropped a 107-101 decision to second-place Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Los Angeles enters this one trailing the Thunder, a likely second-round opponent, by three games with three to play.

Grizzlies move into West's last playoff spot

Grizzlies move into West's last playoff spot MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Guard Courtney Lee did not cheer when told the Phoenix Suns had lost Friday night and his Memphis Grizzlies had climbed ahead of the Suns for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. "It's good news," Lee said after the Grizzlies had defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 117-95 at FedExForum for their franchise-tying 13th straight home win. "But we know we have to continue to take care of what we can take care of."

Raptors win division despite loss to Knicks

Raptors win division despite loss to Knicks TORONTO -- The New York Knicks were 108-100 winners on Friday, but came away with only the right to try to keep winning to maintain their playoff hopes. The Toronto Raptors lost but wound up winning the Atlantic Division for the second time in franchise history because the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Atlanta Hawks.

Timberwolves 112, Rockets 110

(Updated: UPDATES Houston's playoff situation in Para 3) Timberwolves 112, Rockets 110: Corey Brewer matched the franchise record with 51 points and Gorgui Dieng’s basket in the final seconds gave Minnesota a victory over visiting Houston.

Trail Blazers takes control in fourth quarter to defeat Jazz

Trail Blazers takes control in fourth quarter to defeat Jazz SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz fans were excited to see their team's group of young players, expected to be a big part of the franchise's future, start together for the first time this season Friday night. While Utah's fresh-faced group of Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, all between 21-24, had good outings, it was a couple of familiar-looking young guys from Portland who spoiled their upset bid.
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