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MILWAUKEE – Vince Carter scored 25 points and Jason Kidd had a triple-double as the New Jersey Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 95-83 Sunday in a potential first-round playoff preview.

It was the Nets’ third straight victory over the Bucks, who haven’t beaten New Jersey since November. New Jersey got back on track after its 14-game winning streak was snapped Saturday by Cleveland. Milwaukee lost its fourth straight and fell three games below .500, its low mark this season.

Bobcats 94, Raptors 88

TORONTO – Brevin Knight had 19 points and 10 assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 94-88 Sunday to snap a seven-game road losing streak.

Jumaine Jones had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Gerald Wallace had 11 points and 14 boards as the Bobcats had four players with double-doubles.

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Wolves 84, Hawks 83

MINNEAPOLIS – Trenton Hassell made a short jumper with 1.9 seconds to play and the Minnesota Timberwolves, playing without Kevin Garnett and Ricky Davis, beat the Atlanta Hawks 84-83 on Sunday.

Rashad McCants scored a career-high 28 points for Minnesota and Mark Blount added 17.

Pistons 98, Pacers 73

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Tayshaun Prince scored all 17 of his points in the second half to lead six double-digit scorers for the Detroit Pistons in a 98-73 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Detroit (62-15) is a victory away from matching its franchise record for wins and barring a late slide, will likely finish with the NBA’s best record.

Spurs 83, Grizzlies 81

SAN ANTONIO – Pau Gasol missed a potential game-tying layup over Tim Duncan with 5.9 seconds remaining, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 83-81 Sunday.

Duncan had 23 points and 12 rebounds to help the Spurs stay a game ahead of Dallas for the top spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio had lost two straight games – both at home.

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