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Suns hold off Wizards for fifth straight win

Suns hold off Wizards for fifth straight win WASHINGTON -- Anybody expecting the Phoenix Suns to wilt under the glare of a playoff race might want to stop those thoughts. Guard Goran Dragic scored 25 points and backcourt partner Eric Bledsoe had 23 as the Suns defeated the Washington Wizards 99-93 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Bobcats 116, Nets 111 (OT)

Bobcats 116, Nets 111 (OT): Al Jefferson led the way with 35 points and 15 rebounds as Charlotte held off visiting Brooklyn. Kemba Walker added 20 points and 12 assists and Chris Douglas-Roberts hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and provided the dagger with a long jumper from the left side en route to 16 points as the Bobcats won for the second time in three games. Josh McRoberts scored 12 points but had a shot blocked in the final seconds of overtime that skipped out to Douglas-Roberts for the clinching shot.

Suns 102, Hawks 95

Suns 102, Hawks 95: Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and Goran Dragic added 19 as visiting Phoenix moved into a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference standings. Bledsoe was 3-for-3 from 3-point range to pace the Suns, who drew even with the idle Dallas Mavericks for the final West playoff spot. Channing Frye added 18 points, Markieff Morris contributed 17 and Gerald Green had 13.

Preview: Arkansas at California

Arkansas looks to avenge an earlier loss to California on Monday when the teams meet in Berkeley in the NIT's second round. Both teams opened tournament play in impressive fashion, with No. 2 seed California cruising to a 77-64 win over Utah Valley and third-seeded Arkansas routing Indiana State 91-71. The Golden Bears are hoping to have senior forward Richard Solomon, the Pac-12’s leading rebounder, back in the lineup after he missed the first-round game due to a concussion.

Suns ride fourth-quarter surge past Wolves

Suns ride fourth-quarter surge past Wolves MINNEAPOLIS -- While the Minnesota Timberwolves often are unable to protect double-digit leads, the Phoenix Suns are the opposite, finding ways to win despite falling into deficits. The Suns proved that talent again Sunday afternoon with a 127-120 victory at Target Center, where they overcame a 22-point, second-quarter deficit.

Tennessee 83, Mercer 63

Tennessee 83, Mercer 63: Josh Richardson scored a career-high 26 points and Jarnell Stokes collected 17 points and 18 rebounds as the Volunteers dominated the undersized Bears in NCAA tournament Midwest regional action in Raleigh, N.C.

Spurs go Green in win over Warriors

Spurs go Green in win over Warriors OAKLAND, Calif. -- On a night when his primary focus was on stalling Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green was the offensive difference-maker on Saturday night. Such is the brilliance of the Spurs: If you think you can beat them one way, they find another way to succeed.

Napier carries UConn past Villanova

Napier carries UConn past Villanova BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A fter sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, guard Shabazz Napier made up for lost time as he scored 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half on Saturday night to carry the seventh-seeded Connecticut Huskies over the No. 2 seed Villanova Wildcats 77-65 in an NCAA Tournament East Regional third-round game at the First Niagara Center.

Preview: Illinois at Clemson

Despite being the No. 2 seed in its eight-team region, Illinois returns to the road for its second round NIT game on Sunday morning at Clemson. The Illini, who came back from a 30-13 deficit to pull out a 66-62 win at Boston University in the first round, would normally host the No. 3 seeded Tigers, but the school's home arena, the State Farm Center, is undergoing renovations. That's a big plus for Clemson, which has won 10 straight NIT home games dating back to 1982, including 78-66 victory over Georgia State in the first round.

Preview: Illinois at Clemson

Despite being the No. 2 seed in its eight-team region, Illinois returns to the road for its second round NIT game on Sunday morning at Clemson. The Illini, who came back from a 30-13 deficit to pull out a 66-62 win at Boston University in the first round, would normally host the No. 3 seeded Tigers, but the school's home arena, the State Farm Center, is undergoing renovations. That's a big plus for Clemson, which has won 10 straight NIT home games dating back to 1982, including 78-66 victory over Georgia State in the first round.
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