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Ginobili torches Magic for 43 points in Spurs' win

The Spurs pull themselves out of the last playoff seed in the West temporarily

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots over Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Fr...
Orlando Magic's Matt Barnes (22) is defended by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, and Richard Jefferson, right, during the first quarter of an NBA ...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots over Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Fr...

Orlando Magic's Matt Barnes (22) is defended by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, and Richard Jefferson, right, during the first quarter of an NBA ...

Manu Ginobili scored 43 points, his fourth 30-plus game since replacing Tony Parker in the starting lineup last month, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-100 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and the Spurs temporarily pulled themselves out of the last playoff seed in the West, where San Antonio is bunched up with Portland and Oklahoma City in a race to avoid the No. 8 spot.
Rashard Lewis and Mickael Pietrus had 18 apiece for Orlando.
Cavaliers 93, Hawks 88
At Cleveland, LeBron James scored 27 points as Cleveland became the ninth team to post back-to-back 60-win seasons, scoring 14 straight points in the fourth to pull away and beat Atlanta.
Mo Williams scored 24 and J.J. Hickson added 16 rebounds for the Cavs, who trailed 76-74 before James scored nine points and Williams drained a 3-pointer during Cleveland's decisive spurt.
Josh Smith scored 20 and Jamal Crawford 17 for the Hawks.
Lakers 106, Jazz 92
At Los Angeles, Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant triggered an offensive burst in the fourth quarter to help Los Angeles beat Utah and avoid a third straight loss.
Odom finished with a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryant had 25 points, going 15 of 18 from the free throw line, hours after the defending NBA champions announced he signed a three-year contract extension worth nearly US$90 million.
Deron Williams had 20 points and 10 assists, and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 18 rebounds for the Jazz, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Rockets 119, Celtics 114, OT
At Boston, Luis Scola had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and made back-to-back baskets in the last 81 seconds of overtime to lead Houston over Boston.
Aaron Brooks scored 30 with nine assists for Houston, hitting a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Chase Budinger added 24 points for the Rockets.
Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo 23 for Boston, which has lost three straight at home.
Bobcats 87, Bucks 86, OT
At Charlotte, North Carolina, Stephen Jackson scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left in overtime to lead Charlotte over Milwaukee and further crowd the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Jackson won a scoring duel with John Salmons, who had 28 points and whose 3-pointer in the closing second of regulation tied it.
Carlos Delfino scored 14 points in his first game since a scary head injury for Milwaukee. Andrew Bogut added 19 points, 12 rebounds and matched a career high with seven blocks as the Bucks dropped their second tight game in a row.
Suns 109, Pistons 94
At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points on 13-of-15 shooting, as Phoenix won its 10th straight by beating Detroit.
Jared Dudley added a career-high 20 points, hitting 6-of-7 3-pointers, and Grant Hill had 17 against the team where he started his career.
Reserve guard Ben Gordon scored 20 points for Detroit, which lost its 10th in a row and 17th in 19 games, while Tayshaun Prince added 17.
Heat 105, Pacers 96, OT
At Indianapolis, Dwyane Wade scored 43 points, eight in overtime, as Miami rallied to beat Indiana.
Wade hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Heat a 101-93 lead with 1:17 left in overtime. He made 14-of-22 field goals, including 2-of-3 3-pointers, and converted 13-of-17 free throws.
Michael Beasley added 12 points, Dorell Wright 11 and Mario Chalmers 10 for Miami. Troy Murphy had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Danny Granger scored 25 points for Indiana.
Grizzlies 107, Hornets 96
At Memphis, Tennessee, O.J. Mayo scored 27 points and Rudy Gay added 20 as Memphis beat New Orleans to stay mathematically alive in the playoff race by the slimmest of margins.
Sam Young finished with 19 points and seven rebounds off the Memphis bench. Mike Conley had 15 points.
Marcus Thornton led New Orleans with 19 points, while Chris Paul had 16 points and eight assists. Darren Collison scored 15, and David West finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Bulls 95, Wizards 87
At Washington, Derrick Rose scored 24 points and Luol Deng had 14 in his return from an injury as Chicago gained ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating Washington.
Joakim Noah added 10 points and eight rebounds in his return to Chicago's starting lineup. The victory put the Bulls 1 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors, who currently hold the eighth and final postseason spot. The Raptors were idle Friday.
Taj Gibson added 14 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds for the Bulls.
Warriors 128, Knicks 117
At Oakland, California, Don Nelson moved within one win of tying Lenny Wilkens for the most victories by an NBA coach when Golden State beat New York.
Anthony Morrow scored a season-high 35 points and Reggie Williams added 23 to help Nelson secure his 1,331st win. He has seven games left this season to tie and break Wilkens' mark of 1,332.
David Lee led the Knicks with a season-high 37 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double.


Updated : 2021-04-21 01:52 GMT+08:00