Nets pluck Hawks, 91-88

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ATLANTA – Richard Jefferson scored 27 points and Vince Carter added 26 to help the New Jersey Nets win their 11th straight game and clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 91-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

The winning streak is the Nets’ third-longest in franchise history.

With the game tied at 84, Carter tipped in his own miss to give the Nets a two-point lead with 42.6 seconds remaining. Jason Kidd then went 5-for-6 from the foul line to seal the win for New Jersey, which has six straight road victories – the second-longest streak in franchise history.

76ers 117, Knicks 112

NEW YORK – Allen Iverson scored 47 points, Chris Webber had a season-high 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the New York Knicks 117-112 Friday night.

Andre Iguodala added 14 points and Samuel Dalembert had 11 in his return to the starting lineup for the 76ers, who won for just the third time in 13 games. They remained 11/2 games ahead of Chicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Pistons 112, Bucks 105

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Antonio McDyess scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Detroit Pistons rally to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-105 on Friday night.

The Pistons never led until the final quarter and still have not lost a home game to a division rival since March 25, 2005. The Bucks have now lost six straight in Detroit.

After trailing by as many as 18, the Pistons tied the game at 85 early in the fourth on McDyess’ jumper, then took their first lead of the game moments later.

Bulls 113, Bobcats 107

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Andres Nocioni had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 113-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

Luol Deng scored 21 points and Chris Duhon added 19 for the Bulls, who remained 11/2 games behind Philadelphia in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 10 games remaining. The 76ers beat the Knicks 117-112.

Hornets 107, Grizzlies 102

OKLAHOMA CITY – Marc Jackson scored a season-high 24 points and Chris Paul added 21 points, including a three-point play with 20.9 seconds left, to help New Orleans beat Memphis 106-102 on Friday night and remain in the playoff race.

Jackson drove right at Pau Gasol on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, the first time putting back his own miss and the second time sinking a pullup jumper in the lane for a 97-94 New Orleans lead. Speedy Claxton followed with another pullup jumper for the Hornets, but Bobby Jackson answered with back-to-back driving layups to pull Memphis within 99-98.

Hornets 107, Grizzlies 102

OKLAHOMA CITY – Marc Jackson scored a season-high 24 points and Chris Paul added 21 points, including a three-point play with 20.9 seconds left, to help New Orleans beat Memphis 106-102 on Friday night and remain in the playoff race.

Jackson drove right at Pau Gasol on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, the first time putting back his own miss and the second time sinking a pullup jumper in the lane for a 97-94 New Orleans lead. Speedy Claxton followed with another pullup jumper for the Hornets, but Bobby Jackson answered with back-to-back driving layups to pull Memphis within 99-98.

Magic 108, Mavericks 99

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jameer Nelson scored 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 25 to help the Orlando Magic beat Dallas 108-99 on Friday night and hand the Mavericks their third straight loss.

Dallas fell another half-game behind San Antonio in the playoff chase to clinch the Southwest Division, putting them 21/2 games back with nine left to play. The teams are battling for the West’s best record, but since they are both in the same division the second place finisher will get the No. 4 seed when the playoffs start in three weeks.

Suns 140, Raptors 126

TORONTO – Boris Diaw had 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and Leandro Barbosa added a career-high 28 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 140-126 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

Seven players scored in double figures for Phoenix, which finished with the most points in the seven-year history of the Air Canada Centre. It was also the second highest total allowed by the Raptors. The record is 152 set by the Los Angeles Clippers on March 13, 1998.

Rockets 105, Wizards 103

HOUSTON – Yao Ming matched his season high with 38 points and Luther Head added 20 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 105-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 28 points and Gilbert Arenas added 27. Arenas missed Tuesday’s game against Sacramento with flu-like symptoms. Jamison had five points in a 10-0 Washington run early in the fourth quarter.

that pulled the Wizards to within 87-86 with 8:22 remaining.

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