PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks again, and this one was no down- to-the-wire thriller between the teams with the best records in the NBA.
Leandro Barbosa scored 29 points and the Suns beat the Mavericks for the second time in 18 days, 126-104 on Sunday.
Amare Stoudemire added 24 points and Steve Nash had 23 and 11 assists as the Suns snapped Dallas' nine-game winning streak and finished their season series with the Mavs 2-2. After a scoreless first quarter, Shawn Marion had 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting. He also frustrated Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki all afternoon.
Stoudemire, who scored 41 in the Suns' come-from-behind 129-127 double-overtime victory at Dallas on March 14, made 10 of 13 shots Sunday. In the past two games against the Mavs, Stoudemire was 26-of-32 from the field.
Josh Howard scored 28 for Dallas, 18 in a tight first half that featured 13 ties and nine lead changes. Jerry Stackhouse added 25 and Jason Terry 20.
Nowitzki scored 21 but was just 6-of-18 shooting.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, helping Detroit beat Miami.
Hamilton had missed Detroit's past four games with a concussion and the flu, and had only two points in 12 first-half minutes. He played 20 minutes after the intermission, hitting 5 of 7 shots and going 7-for-7 from the free throw line. The win clinched the season series for Detroit, 2-1.
Shaquille O'Neal led the Heat with 23 points and Jason Williams added 21.
MILWAUKEE - Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points and Caron Butler had 19 before fracturing his right hand early in the second half of Washington's victory.
Darius Songaila came in for Butler with 6:28 left in the third. There was no immediate word on how long Butler will be out.
Jarvis Hayes scored 17, including two 3-pointers and a basket during a 10-1 run midway through the fourth that put Washington in control.
The victory, coupled with Miami's loss to Detroit earlier Sunday, helped the Wizards regain first in the Southeast Division.
Mo Williams scored 25 for Milwaukee, which played without leading scorer Michael Redd, who was out with left knee pain.
ATLANTA - Luol Deng scored 30 points and Kirk Hinrich had 22 in Chicago's 11th straight victory over Atlanta.
The Bulls haven't lost to Atlanta since April 9, 2004. Overall, they have won five out of six and 12 of 16.
Josh Smith finished with 24 points for the Hawks, who have dropped six straight overall.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Jason Richardson scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Golden State overcame the early ejection of Baron Davis to beat Memphis.
Richardson's fourth-quarter spurt helped the Warriors avoid a loss to the NBA's worst team that would have dealt a crushing blow to their playoff hopes.
Golden State entered the day two games out of a playoff spot.
TORONTO - Chris Bosh had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Toronto clinched its first playoff spot in five years.
Juan Dixon added 15 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who hadn't made the playoffs since 2002.
Walter Herrmann had 22 points for the Bobcats.
HOUSTON - Mehmet Okur scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer added 13 and Utah overcame a late deficit to beat Houston and remain ahead of the Rockets in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Yao Ming led the Rockets with 35 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.
BOSTON - With LeBron James and Paul Pierce sitting out, Delonte West made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to lift Boston past Cleveland.
Cleveland called a timeout after the foul shots, and Damon Jones got off an open 3-point attempt from the right side, but it bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Gerald Green tied a career high with 25 points and Al Jefferson added 24 for Boston. Larry Hughes scored 24 points for the Cavaliers.
James was diagnosed with right knee tendinitis. Pierce missed his second consecutive game with a left elbow injury and other ailments.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Ricky Davis scored a season-high 36 points - including the winning 3-pointer - to lead Minnesota past Orlando.
Kevin Garnett, who had 22 points and eight rebounds, sealed the win by blocking Jameer Nelson's driving layup with less than five seconds left.
Davis also scored the last six points in regulation to force overtime.
Grant Hill scored 23 points and Darko Milicic had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.
INDIANAPOLIS - Jamaal Tinsley's layup over Tim Duncan with 1.1 seconds left lifted Indiana and ended San Antonio's six-game winning streak.
The Pacers prepared for their final shot trailing 99-98 with 6.3 seconds left. Tinsley, a 6-foot-3 point guard, caught the inbounds pass near the 3-point line. He drove from right to left before lofting the shot over the 6-11 Duncan's outstretched arm, off the glass and into the basket. Tinsley finished with 20 points and eight assists.
The Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak.
Tony Parker scored 22 points, Duncan had 17 points and 11 boards, and reserve Michael Finley added 17 points for the Spurs.
SEATTLE - Carmelo Anthony scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter, Allen Iverson took over in the closing moments, and Denver snapped a three-game losing streak.
Anthony finished with 32 points - his 29th game with 30 or more points. Iverson finished with 26 points - 21 after halftime. Earl Watson led Seattle with a career-high 28 points.
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant had 19 points and a season-high 13 assists to lead the Lakers over the sinking Kings.
Maurice Evans scored 21 to lead six Lakers in double figures. Walton had 18, Andrew Bynum 14, Smush Parker 13, and Brown 10.
Ron Artest led Sacramento with 26 points and Kevin Martin had 23. Reserve John Salmons added 16 for Sacramento, which lost for the 10th in 12 games.
Bryant had scored 50 or more points in five of his previous seven games, including 65 in one. He averaged 49.1 points over that stretch. He had 13 points in the third quarter to help Los Angeles take an 87-81 lead into the final period. The Lakers then pulled away down the stretch.comments powered by Disqus