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Preview: Suns at Celtics

The Phoenix Suns open a three-game road trip at the Boston Celtics on Friday in great need of a victory. The Suns have dropped three straight for the second time in less than a month and entered Friday two games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. At the very least, Phoenix is a bit more complete as it begins its trip, having welcomed back guard Eric Bledsoe in a 110-101 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.

Bulls 111, Rockets 87

Bulls 111, Rockets 87: Mike Dunleavy scored all of his 21 points in the second half and Carlos Boozer added 18 points and seven rebounds as Chicago rolled over visiting Houston. Kirk Hinrich went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc en route to 19 points and D.J. Augustin hit a trio of 3-pointers among 13 points as the Bulls connected on 14-of-24 from beyond the arc. Joakim Noah collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Chicago won for the seventh time in 10 games.

Lakers' Nash shut down for season: report

(Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season, according to a report on the National Basketball Association's website on Thursday. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player played in 10 of the struggling Lakers' 64 games this season because of a nerve problem in his back. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni closed the door on any chance of the 40-year-old Canadian returning for the last 18 games of what has been a disappointing season for the storied franchise.

Preview: Rockets at Bulls

The Chicago Bulls did not fare so well in a home game against a Western Conference contender on Tuesday. The Bulls will attempt to put on a better performance when they host another West hopeful in the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Chicago fell behind 61-33 at the half against the San Antonio Spurs and was never in the game before the Spurs emptied the bench and allowed the Bulls to creep within 104-96 at the finish.

Spurs win eighth straight, top Blazers

Spurs win eighth straight, top Blazers SAN ANTONIO --With a full roster that is finally healthy, the San Antonio Spurs are making a charge on the court and in the standings. And the boost is coming from everyone. Guards Patty Mills and Danny Green had 15 and 14 points, respectively, as they helped San Antonio extend its win streak to eight with a 103-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.

Preview: Spurs at Bulls

The Chicago Bulls continue to defy expectations in the face of adversity — something the ageless San Antonio Spurs know all about. The overachieving title contenders square off Tuesday in Chicago with both teams battling for higher seeds. The Spurs are clinging to a half-game lead over Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference while Chicago is a half-game behind Toronto for the No. 3 seed in the East.

Lakers 114, Thunder 110

Lakers 114, Thunder 110: Jodie Meeks scored 20 of his career-high 42 points in the third quarter as host Los Angeles rebounded from an 18-point second-quarter deficit to stun Oklahoma City. Meeks was 6-of-11 from 3-point range and hit all 14 of his free throws as the Lakers halted a three-game skid in which they allowed an average of 136 points. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds while Jordan Farmar and Ryan Kelly scored 12 points apiece.

Celtics 118, Pistons 111

(Updated: ADDS that Humphries point total is a season best in Para 2 DELETES second part of Drummond note in Game Notebook) Celtics 118, Pistons 111: Jeff Green scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo added 11 to go along with a season-high 18 assists as Boston defeated visiting Detroit.

Celtics 118, Pistons 111

Celtics 118, Pistons 111: Jeff Green scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo added 11 to go along with a season-high 18 assists as Boston defeated visiting Detroit. Kris Humphries contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds while Kelly Olynyk chipped in with 18 off the bench as the Celtics won their second straight. Jerryd Bayless had 15 points and Jared Sullinger added 14 for Boston, which had only seven turnovers – none by Rondo – after committing a season-high 28 in its last game.

Lawson, Faried lead Nuggets over Lakers 134-126

Lawson, Faried lead Nuggets over Lakers 134-126 DENVER - Ty Lawson was sidelined by a fractured rib, but he wasn't idle. The Denver Nuggets guard studied his game while recovering for nearly a month, and it has paid dividends. Lawson had 30 points and tied a career high with 17 assists, forward Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 134-126 on Friday.
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