Above The Rim: Rising Suns

Suns 96, Spurs 79 – Outscoring San Antonio 24-11 in the fourth quarter was the key for the Suns, who are only a half game behind the Spurs (but that means four seeds). Shaq had 8 of his 16 in the fourth, Steve Nash scored 8 of his 12 in the fourth, and Amare Stoudemire led with 21. The Spurs have lost their seventh game at home this season despite Tim Duncan’s 23 and 11 boards and Tony Parker’s 20.

Cavs 104, Nets 83 – LeBron scores 33 to help the Cavaliers overcome a 14-point deficit.

Wizards 109, Celtics 95 – In a season where the Celtics have completely flipped their script with their new stars, they’re still vulnerable to Washington. The Wizards took the season series with the victory as Antawn Jamison returned from injury to score 27.

Hornets 122, Timberwolves 90 – A franchise record in wins with 55 now, topped by a 41-point third quarter. 19 and 16 assists for Chris Paul, 20 for Peja, and 22 for David West.  Rashad McCants had 23 for Minnesota.

76ers 101, Pistons 94 – The Sixers are on their way to their first winning season since 2004-05 if they split the last four games. Detroit made that attempt easier by resting its starters with the #6 seed in the East locked up.

Photo: AP/Eric Gay


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