Friday's NBA Summary

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Associated Press

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 7 at 6:00 AM

Nets 110, Wizards 98

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Deron (DEHR'-ihn) Williams had 19 points and 13 assists in fighting off the lingering effects of the flu, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 110-98 victory over the fading Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Gerald Wallace added 19 points and reserve Anthony Morrow had 17 as the Nets (20-37) won for the fourth time in six games to keep their microscopic playoff hopes alive with nine games left in the season.

Before the game, the Nets said starting center Brook Lopez would be sidelined for the rest of the season because of injuries to his right foot and ankle. He played in five games.

John Wall had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Wizards (12-44), who have dropped five straight and 10 of 11.

Pacers 103, Thunder 98

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-98 for their fourth straight win.

Roy Hibbert had 21 points and 12 rebounds., David West scored 14 points and Paul George added eight points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who've won eight of 10.

Kevin Durant scored 44 points for the Thunder, the most against the Pacers this season. Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but he shot 7 for 23 from the field as the Thunder lost their third consecutive game.

The Thunder, second in the league with 103 points per game, have scored fewer than 100 in four straight games.

Oklahoma City cut a 24-point deficit to 10 in the fourth quarter, but a step-back jumper by Granger with Durant in his face gave Indiana a 94-82 lead with 3:21 remaining and forced the Thunder to call a timeout.

Oklahoma kept rallying as Durant was fouled on a dunk, and he made the free throw to cut Indiana's lead to 96-91 with 1:08 to go.

Grizzlies 97, Heat 82

MIAMI (AP) — Rudy Gay scored 17 points, Zach Randolph had 14 points and 14 rebounds off the bench, and the Memphis Grizzlies put seven players in double figures to snap Miami's 17-game home winning streak by beating the Heat 97-82 on Friday night.

Mike Conley and Marreese Speights each scored 15, Gilbert Arenas had 12 and Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo each added 10 for the Grizzlies, who have won six of their last eight games.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who never led and failed in a bid to match the franchise's longest home win streak, set in the 2004-05 season.

Cavs 84, Raptors 80

TORONTO (AP) — Antawn Jamison scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Lester Hudson had a career-high 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 84-80 Friday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak.

Samardo Samuels scored 10 points as Cleveland outscored the Raptors 33-17 in the fourth to avoid a sixth loss in seven meetings with Toronto. The Raptors shot 5 for 19 in the fourth.

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott wasn't around to see his team's first win since March 19 at New Jersey. Scott was ejected with 53 seconds left in the first half after a brief but fiery argument with referee Kane Fitzgerald. It was the first ejection of the season for Scott, who was replaced by assistant Paul Pressey.

Hawks 101, Pistons 96

ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague tied a career high with 24 points and had a season-high 11 assists, and Josh Smith added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks held off the Detroit Pistons for a 101-96 victory on Friday night.

The Hawks have won two straight and three of four to hold the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference.

Rodney Stuckey finished with 27 points for the Pistons, who ended a three-game winning streak. Detroit had won five of six overall, but now stands 6-22 on the road.

The Hawks got 16 points apiece from Joe Johnson and reserve big man Ivan Johnson.

Spurs 128, Hornets 103

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan scored 19 points to lead San Antonio to a 128-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, giving the Spurs their 10th straight win and moving them atop the Western Conference standings.

Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills scored 14 points each and Stephen Jackson and Gary Neal added 13 apiece to help the Spurs sweep the four-game season series against New Orleans.

Eric Gordon, playing in only his second game in three months, scored 31 points to lead the Hornets, who have lost four of their last five games.

The win, coupled with Oklahoma City's loss to Indiana, moved the Spurs percentage points ahead of the Thunder for first place in the West. A loss by Houston later Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers would clinch San Antonio's 15th consecutive playoff berth.

Bucks 95, Bobcats 90

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Monta Ellis had 25 points and nine assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 95-90 victory over the scrappy Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

Byron Mullens scored a career-high 31 points and tied his career high with 14 rebounds, becoming the first Bobcat to score at least 30 points this season. Kemba Walker added 18 points, and Bismack Biyombo had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Gerald Henderson turned a bad pass by Ersan Ilyasova into a layup that gave the Bobcats an 84-83 lead with 3:42 to play. Ellis answered with two free throws and Brandon Jennings made a fast-break layup to push the lead and momentum back in Milwaukee's favor. Ellis made another layup and Jennings hit a 5-foot jump shot as Milwaukee led 91-84 with 1:30 left.

Trail Blazers 99, Mavs 97, OT

DALLAS (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge's buzzer-beating 17-foot jumper lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 99-97 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Raymond Felton scored 16 of his season-high 30 points during Portland's 30-10 surge in the third quarter. Aldridge, a former Dallas-area high school star who finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, made the fallaway jumper over the Mavericks' Brendan Haywood at the overtime buzzer for the victory and was mobbed by teammates at center court.

Jamal Crawford added 14 points for the Blazers, who've won four of six to remain in playoff contention with 10 games left.

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jason Terry scored 18 points to lead Dallas.

Jazz 104, Warriors 98

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 30 points and Devin Harris added a season-high 28 to lead the Utah Jazz over the Golden State Warriors, 104-98 to snap a two-game home losing streak.

Gordon Hayward's late jumper and steal sealed the win for the Jazz (29-27), who are ninth in the Western Conference but only three games out of the No. 5 spot.

David Lee led the Warriors with 26 points while Klay Thompson added 23 on 9-of-16 shooting.

Harris missed Wednesday's 107-105 loss to Phoenix because of a sprained left ankle. He started strong with 12 first-quarter points and scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter.

The Warriors committed 17 turnovers.

Nuggets 105, Suns 99

DENVER (AP) — Arron Afflalo had 30 points, Andre Miller scored 13 of his 15 in the fourth quarter and Denver Nuggets scored the final nine points to beat the Phoenix Suns 105-99 on Friday night.

Shannon Brown scored 18 points and Steve Nash had 14 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who had their three-game win streak snapped.

The Nuggets took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of idle Houston and 1 1/2 in front of Utah. The Suns dropped to 10th place, a half-game behind the Jazz.

The win also gave Denver the tiebreaker against the Suns, as the Nuggets have won the teams' first two meetings — includin a 109-92 victory on Feb. 14. They play again April 24 in Phoenix.

Rockets 112, Lakers 107

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, Luis Scola scored 10 of his 25 points during a 2:39 span of the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets capitalized on the ejection of Andrew Bynum to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-107 on Friday night.

The Lakers were trailing 80-75 when Bynum took exception to a foul by Samuel Dalembert with 1:18 left in the third quarter and had to be restrained by teammates, earning a technical foul. He got another one with 11:17 left in the game after hitting a hook shot and mouthing off to the Houston bench on his way downcourt.

Bynum finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes, after scoring 36 points against the Clippers despite a sprained left ankle.

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