Suns 122, Warriors 116 – Not sure if we’ll ever get an answer as to why Don Nelson decided to sit point guard Baron Davis for the entire second half. Took out your floor leader, might as well admit defeat — and that’s what happened to Golden State, who is now out of the playoffs and leaving Denver and Dallas battling for position. Stephen Jackson tried to help lead a comeback with 16 of his 23 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
Jazz 116, Rockets 95 – Utah locks up a tiebreaker with the Rockets by beating them and can ensure a home series if they beat San Antonio on Wednesday. Carlos Boozer had 21 and 11 boards; Tracy McGrady and Luis Scola both had 22 a piece in the loss.
Cavaliers 91, 76ers 90 – Odd ending: Devin Brown misses a shot with time expiring and Philly has a win, right? Not so much. Officials reviewed it, said Samuel Dalembert fouled him, and he hits two free throws for the win. It means a lot to the Cavs, who will at least have home court advantage while taking on a Washington team with all its players back this time in the playoffs.
Spurs 101, Kings 98 – San Antonio locks up the 3rd seed against a debilitated Sacramento team (minus Ron Artest and Kevin Martin) thanks to Tony Parker leading the way with 32 points and 11 dimes — Tim Duncan was limited to two quarters’ worth of action due to foul trouble. John Salmons put up 29 in the losing effort.
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