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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.

Hawks 93, Nets 88

Hawks 93, Nets 88: Paul Millsap collected 27 points and 10 rebounds and Jeff Teague poured in 22 points as visiting Atlanta held on to snap Brooklyn's 15-game home winning streak. DeMarre Carroll tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one. Atlanta survived a 1-for-19 performance from 3-point range to maintain its two-game lead over New York for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Spurs 112, Suns 104

Spurs 112, Suns 104: Danny Green scored a career-high 33 points as San Antonio clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with the win against visiting Phoenix. Tony Parker returned after missing two games with a back injury and contributed 18 points and Kawhi Leonard also scored 18 for the Spurs, who rested Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili after a hard-fought win in Dallas on Thursday night. Marco Belinelli added 12 points and Boris Diaw finished with 11 points and eight rebounds to lead the reserves.

Preview: Wizards at Magic

The Washington Wizards have plenty of work to do in the final four regular-season contests with their first voyage into the playoffs in six years on the horizon. The Wizards look to find their rhythm with power forward Nene back in the lineup and win the battle for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, starting with a visit to the Orlando Magic on Friday. Washington is tied with Charlotte for the sixth spot, which would mean a first-round matchup with Toronto instead of Indiana or Miami.

Nuggets 100, Warriors 99

Nuggets 100, Warriors 99: Kenneth Faried hit a go-ahead turnaround in the lane with 0.5 seconds left and Timofey Mozgov recorded a career and NBA season-high 29 rebounds to go along a career high-tying 23 points as Denver stunned host Golden State. Faried finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds as the Nuggets dominated the glass 63-38, including 25-6 on the offensive boards. Randy Foye added 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Denver.

Preview: Thunder at Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to catch Oklahoma City for the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race and need a home win over the Thunder on Wednesday to have any chance of accomplishing that. Oklahoma City possesses a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers with Los Angeles having just four games remaining, so a Thunder victory will all but assure the pecking order. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant had his string of consecutive 25-point outings end at 41 on Tuesday against Sacramento.

Preview: 76ers at Raptors

With the Atlantic Division title firmly in their grasp, the Toronto Raptors will look to put a major distraction behind them as they entertain the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Raptors have won three straight to remain well ahead of Brooklyn for the division lead. But Toronto has had to deal with some off-the-court drama after Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas was charged with driving under the influence earlier in the week.

Pistons 102, Hawks 95

Pistons 102, Hawks 95: Rodney Stuckey poured in 29 points in a rare start and Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe notched double-doubles as Detroit snapped a streak of 10 straight losses at Atlanta. Drummond collected 19 points and 17 rebounds and Monroe added 21 points and 13 boards for the Pistons, who were without former Hawks star Josh Smith (left patellar tendinitis). Rookie Peyton Siva contributed 10 points off the bench as Detroit ended a three-game road losing streak.

NBA: Durant scores 38 to pass Jordan

Kevin Durant scored 38 points to pass Michael Jordan with his 41st straight game of 25-plus, but it wasn't enough to help Oklahoma City beat Phoenix on Sunday. Goran Dragic led a half dozen Suns players in double figures with 26 points as the Phoenix rallied past the Thunder 122-115 to move into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference standings. Durant now has at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games to surpass the legendary Jordan, who had 40 back in the 1986-87 season. Durant's streak is now the third longest in NBA history.
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