Nelson sets career wins mark

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MINNEAPOLIS — Don Nelson, one of the NBA’s true mavericks, is now the league’s winningest coach.

Nelson set the career record for victories in the Golden State Warriors’ 116-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, notching win No. 1,333 to surpass Lenny Wilkens.

Stephen Curry had 27 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds and a career-high seven steals and Anthony Tolliver scored a career-high 34 points to get Nelson over the hump.

He is 1,333-1,061 in 31 seasons on the bench.

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Kevin Love had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who cut a 27-point deficit 108-104 with 43.6 seconds left.

Pacers 113, Knicks 105

INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 33 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 113-105 on Wednesday night.

Granger made 5 of 10 3-pointers as the Pacers won for the 10th time in their last 11 home games. It was Granger’s eighth game with 30 or more points since March 1.

Troy Murphy had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Roy Hibbert scored 15 points and Mike Dunleavy added 14 for Indiana. The Pacers scored 133 points in their previous game, a home win a

Toney Douglas scored 20 points and Danilo Gallinari added 17 for the Knicks. David Lee had 16 points and 16 rebounds for his fifth straight double double.

Rockets 113, Jazz 96

HOUSTON — Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin scored 28 points apiece, and Rick Adelman became the 11th coach to reach 900 career victories in the Houston Rockets’ 113-96 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Chuck Hayes grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Luis Scola added 24 points for the Rockets, who have consecutive victories for the first time since mid-March. Brooks hit five 3-pointers and has 197 this season, a new franchise record.

Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 12 points and seven assists for Utah. The Jazz came in with a half-game lead over Dallas, Denver and Phoenix for the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.

Magic 121, Wizards 94

ORLANDO, Fla. — Stan Van Gundy threw his clipboard in disgust after a basket by Washington’s James Singleton, stomped his foot and called timeout with his team ahead.

If the Orlando Magic’s remaining regular-season games are mostly meaningless, it sure didn’t look like it.

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Magic beat the Washington Wizards 121-94 on Wednesday night.

Bobcats 104, Hornets 103

NEW ORLEANS — The Charlotte Bobcats clinched their first playoff berth since their founding six years ago, as Stephen Jackson scored 29 points and D.J. Augustin hit a crucial 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in a 104-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Charlotte blew a 26-point lead and trailed by as much as eight in the fourth quarter before clawing back, helped in large part by Augustin, a New Orleans native, who hit three 3s in the fourth quarter.

His last gave Charlotte a 102-100 lead.

Darren Collison had a chance to tie it, but his leaner missed in the final seconds and Raymond Felton made a pair of free throws before Marcus Thornton, who had 36 points, hit a meaningless 3 as time expired.

Nuggets 98, Thunder 94

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chauncey Billups scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony added 24 as the Denver Nuggets charged back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 on Wednesday night.

The Nuggets held Oklahoma City without a basket for the final 9 minutes while finishing the game on a 22-5 run to pick up a crucial road win in their chase for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Billups scored 22 points in the second half, including two free throws that put Denver ahead 96-94 with 52.7 seconds left.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points but missed a shot in the lane that would’ve tied the score in the final 10 seconds.

Bucks 108, Nets 89

MILWAUKEE — John Salmons scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night after clinching a playoff berth a day earlier.

Jerry Stackhouse added 18 points and Kurt Thomas had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who won their third straight and improved to 2-0 without center Andrew Bogut.

Milwaukee remains fifth in the Eastern Conference and can finish no worse than seventh at this point even without Bogut, who is lost for the season after dislocating his right elbow and breaking his hand on Saturday.

Devin Harris scored 18 of his 25 points in the first quarter as New Jersey fell to 11-67, guaranteeing the Nets will finish with at least a share of the worst record in the league.

NHL

Rangers 5, Leafs 1

NEW YORK — Erik Christensen scored two of New York’s three first-period goals, and the Rangers gave their tenuous playoff hopes a big boost with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Christensen gave New York the lead 21 seconds in, then combined with Vinny Prospal for goals 30 seconds apart that quickly put away the game.

Although the Rangers wouldn’t have been eliminated with a loss to Toronto, their realistic prospects for the playoffs would have been all but dashed. But wins in their final two games would get them into the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

The Rangers, ninth in the Eastern Conference, trail Boston by a point, No. 7 Philadelphia by two points, and No. 6 Montreal by three. Those teams have two games remaining, except for Boston, which will play three.

Olli Jokinen and Aaron Voros also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for New York, 6-1-1 in its last eight.

Red Wings 4, Jackets 3

DETROIT — Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and Dan Cleary added a goal in a 1:16 span of the third period in Detroit’s comeback victory.

Niklas Kronwall added a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves for Detroit.

Mike Blunden had a goal and an assist, R.J. Umberger, Sammy Pahlsson also scored, and Steve Mason stopped 31 shots for Columbus.

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