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Streaking Spurs stay hot, post their sixth consecutive victory

March 31st, 2007 1:09 am by Associated Press



SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili scored 25 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 102-93 Friday night for their sixth straight victory.


Tony Parker added 23 points and 11 assists, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Michael Finley had 12 points as San Antonio snapped Utah's three-game winning streak. The Spurs have won 16 straight at home against the Jazz.


Both the Jazz and Spurs have clinched playoff spots, with San Antonio in third place in the Western Conference and Utah in fourth. The Jazz fell five games behind the Spurs heading into the final 10 games of the season.


Deron Williams led Utah with 23 points, followed by Carlos Boozer with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mehmet Okur had 16 points and 11 rebounds.


All five Jazz starters scored in double digits, but their bench produced just 10 points. The Spurs' bench, on the other hand, was strong thanks to Ginobili, who scored half of its 50 points.


Derek Fisher added 15 points for the Jazz and Andrei Kirilenko had 11.


Kirilenko jammed his right thumb and was taken out in the third quarter. He played more than 9½ minutes in the fourth, but the Jazz said he was getting X-rays following the game.



WASHINGTON - Chris Bosh scored eight of his 37 points in overtime, and Toronto remained in the third spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating Washington.


The Wizards appeared to have a victory secured until Michael Ruffin's celebratory heave toward the rafters landed in the hands of Raptors guard Morris Peterson, whose 3-pointer from 31 feet tied the score at 109 as the horn sounded ending regulation.


Bosh, who made nine of his first 11 shots and had 21 points in the first half, managed only eight points in the second half. He shot 4-for-5 in overtime and blocked Gilbert Arenas' layup attempt with 3 seconds left. Bosh also had 14 rebounds and five assists.


Arenas led the Wizards with 34 points and seven assists.



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Chauncey Billups had 32 points and 14 assists, Lindsey Hunter and Antonio McDyess keyed a fourth-quarter rally, and Detroit beat New Jersey.


Rasheed Wallace scored 22 points, but it was the two reserves who led Detroit's fourth-quarter comeback. Hunter and McDyess combined for 22 points and went 8-of-11 in the quarter, including three 3-pointers.


Tayshaun Prince flirted with a triple-double for Detroit, finishing with 15 points, a career-high nine assists and eight rebounds.


Vince Carter led the Nets with 27 points, while reserve Josh Boone added 17.



MINNEAPOLIS - Udonis Haslem had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and all five starters scored at least 15 points for Miami, which led from start to finish and beat Minnesota.


Shaquille O'Neal was relatively quiet with 15 points and nine rebounds, perhaps a bit worn out from moving more than usual on defense while Minnesota's Mark Blount - who plays outside more than inside - scored 18 points.


But Eddie Jones scored 18 points, James Posey added 16 and Jason Williams had 15 for the Heat, who are fighting for playoff positioning with a handful of teams in the Eastern Conference.


Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 20 rebounds for the Timberwolves (30-42), who went a miserable 2-for-18 from 3-point range and guaranteed they'll finish with a losing record for the second straight season.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace scored 24 points and Walter Herrmann had a career-high 23 to lead Charlotte to its first victory over Milwaukee in 10 meetings.


Emeka Okafor added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who pulled away in the third quarter for their second straight win by dominating the inside against the injury-plagued Bucks.


Ruben Patterson scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half and Michael Redd was held to 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting for Milwaukee, which lost its fifth straight.



PHILADELPHIA - Kyle Korver scored 26 points, helping Philadelphia avoid a second-half collapse and beat Boston.


Korver made four 3-pointers, his final one snapping a 73-all tie with 5:06 left after the Celtics had rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit.


Andre Iguodala had 23 points and 12 assists, while Samuel Dalembert added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia.


Al Jefferson scored 20 points for the Celtics, who played without leading scorer Paul Pierce (left elbow soreness).


The Celtics (22-50) are 2-23 this season without Pierce, who earlier missed 24 games with a left foot stress reaction.



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