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April 04, 2009|Associated Press

Minnesota 103, at Utah 102: Rodney Carney scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking three-pointer with a minute left, and the Timberwolves ended a nine-game road skid and put an end to the Jazz's home winning streak at 15.

at Memphis 107, Dallas 102: Rudy Gay had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Conley had 25 points in the Grizzlies' third straight victory and fourth in five games. Dirk Nowitzki scored 36 points for the Mavericks.

Miami 97, at Charlotte 92: Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Heat clinched a playoff berth a year after an ugly 15-win season. Miami joined the 1968-69 San Diego Rockets as the only NBA teams to reach the playoffs after going 15-67 the season before.

at Boston 104, Atlanta 92: Paul Pierce scored 21 points, and Rajon Rondo had 20 to help the Celtics remain percentage points ahead of Orlando for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

San Antonio 126, at Indiana 121: Tony Parker had 31 points and 10 assists, and Tim Duncan had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who trail Denver by half a game in the race for the No. 2 seeding in the Western Conference.

at Phoenix 139, Sacramento 111: Steve Nash had 29 points and nine assists to help the Suns win their seventh straight home game and pull to within three games of eighth-place Dallas in the West.

Portland 107, at Oklahoma City 72: LaMarcus Aldridge had 35 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers moved to within a victory or a Phoenix loss of clinching a playoff spot.

at Golden State 111, New Orleans 103: Jamal Crawford's 39 points helped the Warriors hold off the struggling Hornets, who lost despite Chris Paul's 43 points.

at Lakers 93, Houston 81: Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who notched their 60th win and pulled to within one game of Cleveland in the race for the best overall record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

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