SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan scored 28 points, Manu Ginobili added 25, and San Antonio handed Golden State a 112-99 setback in its drive for a playoff spot on Saturday night.
The Warriors had won four straight and were trying to match a season-high winning streak. Golden State entered the contest one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jason Richardson led Golden State with 23 points. Al Harrington added 22.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Dwight Howard had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Orlando beat short-handed Memphis to remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of Indiana.
Howard, whose first seven field goals were dunks, finished 10-of-13 from the field. Hedo Turkoglu and Grant Hill each added 15 points as Orlando's starting five hit 25 of 32 field goal attempts.
Memphis, playing without three starters, was led by reserve Chucky Atkins, who had 18 points and five assists.
MINNEAPOLIS - Chris Paul had 18 points and 10 assists in his return, and Rasual Butler added 17 points in New Orleans' victory over Minnesota.
Marc Jackson added 15 points and 11 rebounds starting in place of injured Tyson Chandler (left big toe).
Rashad McCants led Minnesota with 17 points and Mike James had 15, but they combined for only seven in the second half. Kevin Garnett scored five of his 13 points in the final minute, including a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play to make it 95-94.
SALT LAKE CITY - Rashard Lewis scored 28 of his 35 points in the second half and Seattle rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Utah.
The Sonics hit 6 of 7 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when they outscored Utah 39-16 to hand the Jazz their third straight loss.
Earl Watson had 15 points and nine assists, and Nick Collison added 14 points and seven rebounds in helping the Sonics end a four-game losing streak.
Deron Williams had 24 points and 13 assists, and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, which leads Houston by one game for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
MILWAUKEE - Eddy Curry scored a career-high 43 points, including his first 3-pointer of the season to force overtime, and New York outlasted Milwaukee.
Nate Robinson matched a career high with 34 points for the Knicks, who snapped a four-game losing streak and remained three games behind eighth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee, which lost for the ninth time in 10 games, got 27 points and seven rebounds from Ruben Patterson.
DALLAS - Jason Terry scored 22 of his 29 points by halftime and Devin Harris added 18, leading Dallas over Portland to reach the verge of clinching the top seed in the Western Conference.
The next Dallas victory or loss by Phoenix will wrap up the No. 1 seed.
The Mavs played without All-Star Josh Howard, who sprained an ankle in an ugly loss at Denver on Friday night, or Jerry Stackhouse. They were hardly missed, as Terry scored 11 points in each of the first two quarters, putting Dallas up by 22 before halftime.
INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, and Jermaine O'Neal added 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Indiana over injury-depleted Boston.
Allan Ray had 22 points and Sebastian Telfair scored 21 for the Celtics, who dressed only eight players. Paul Pierce (sore left elbow) was the biggest name on Boston's long injured list.comments powered by Disqus