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.
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.