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Nowitzki injured, but Dallas wins 60th

From the Associated Press

The Dallas Mavericks returned home in a back-to-back game after their first 6-0 trip and Dirk Nowitzki was out after an ankle injury in the first half.

None of it kept the Mavericks from getting their 60th victory, 105-103, over the Milwaukee Bucks to match their franchise record Wednesday night and win their eighth in a row.

“These types of games, we could easily lose, but they refuse to lose,” Coach Avery Johnson said.

Jason Terry had 27 points with a couple of key late baskets and the go-ahead free throw for the Mavericks, who made it interesting by missing four of their six free throws in the final 30 seconds.

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Nowitzki returned briefly after halftime before leaving for good. He was walking around afterward and described the injury as “two bone spurs jamming together.” He is day to day.

Seattle 100, Denver 97 -- Helping the SuperSonics take the lead for good by scoring on four straight fourth-quarter possessions, Rashard Lewis finished with 33 points at Denver in handing the Nuggets their fourth loss in five games.

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 for Denver.

Toronto 96, Miami 83 -- The Raptors moved ahead of the visiting Heat into third place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Chris Bosh had 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Raptors. Shaquille O’Neal had 17 points and six rebounds for the Heat, which was outrebounded, 53-35.

Utah 108, Minnesota 102 -- The host Jazz clinched the Northwest Division title.

Carlos Boozer had 25 and 11 rebounds and Mehmet Okur added 23 points and 12 rebounds for Utah. Kevin Garnett scored 25 for Minnesota.

Boston 105, Orlando 96 -- Paul Pierce scored 32 points, including a jumper at the end of regulation and a three-pointer at the end of the first overtime, and the Celtics outscored the Magic, 15-6, in the second overtime at Boston. Orlando missed 14 of its 37 free throws and fell to eighth in the East.

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New Jersey 118, Indiana 94 -- The Nets handed the Pacers their 10th straight road loss. This time Indiana was without Jermaine O’Neal (ankle and knee).

Rookie Josh Boone had a career-high 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting for New Jersey, which moved into seventh in the East.

San Antonio 92, New Orleans 88 -- Brent Barry made four three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs rally from a 12-point deficit at San Antonio to sweep the season series.

Tim Duncan scored 31 points for San Antonio. Chris Paul scored 20 for New Orleans.

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New York 97, Cleveland 93 -- Eddy Curry had 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the host Knicks end a four-game losing streak and pull within 1 1/2 games of the final Eastern playoff berth. LeBron James scored 24 points for the Cavaliers.

Washington 111, Philadelphia 108 -- Caron Butler scored 21 points in his return from a knee injury and the Wizards held on at Washington despite blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead. Andre Iguodala, who led the 76ers with 20 points, missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Charlotte 101, Atlanta 87 -- Gerald Wallace had 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting and the host Bobcats won their 27th game, one more than last season.

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Joe Johnson, the Atlanta Hawks’ leading scorer, could miss the rest of the season because of a right calf injury that has sidelined him since March 5, the team said.... Former NBA All-Star Micheal Ray Richardson, now coach of the Continental Basketball Assn.'s Albany Patroons, was suspended for the rest of the championship series for anti-Semitic comments involving his contract.


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