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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: SPURS SWEEP JAZZ WITH GAME 4 WIN 87-81. Clippers take 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies with Game 4 win in OT 101-97.

Tiago Splitter dunks over Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson
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The San Antonio Spurs advance to the second round of the Western Conference as they complete the sweep of the Utah Jazz with a Game 4 victory at the EnergySolutions Arena 87-81. The Jazz tried to come back from a 21 point deficit and got it to within 4, but the Spurs defense proved their worth and stopped the Jazz from completing the comeback. The Spurs will face the winner between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers with the Clippers lead the series 3-1.

Manu Ginobili off the bench led the Spurs with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 11 points. Duncan added 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Parker added 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Tiago Splitter added 10 points and 3 steals. Stephen Jackson scored 8.

Al Jefferson led the Jazz with a double-double 26 points and 10 rebounds with 2 steals. Devin Harris added 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Derrick Favors also finished with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Paul Millsap also came up with a double-double 10 points and 19 rebounds with 2 blocks.

In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers win in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center 101-97. Game 5 will be back in Memphis on May 10 as the Grizzlies will look to keep their season alive at home. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling out in overtime. Chris Paul added 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Caron Butler scored 14. Mo Williams added 9 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists off the bench. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Rudy Gay added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Zach Randolph added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Marreese Speights added 9 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 15:07 PHT)
WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz
SAN ANTONIO SPURS WINS SERIES 4-0

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 10, 9:30 am PHT Channel TBD

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 10:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WINS SERIES 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Bulls vs #8 76ers (76ers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 9:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Celtics lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic (Pacers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 10, 7:00 am PHT Channel TBD

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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: DEFENDING CHAMPION MAVERICKS DETHRONED BY THE THUNDER IN A FIRST ROUND SWEEP WITH LOSS IN GAME 4 103-97.

 Serge Ibaka blocks Dirk Nowitzki
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The Dallas Mavericks title defense came to an abrupt end as the Mavericks lose their first round series in a sweep against the team they beat in last year’s Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of their series at the American Airlines Center 103-97. This is the 2nd straight season that the defending champions got swept in a playoff series. Ironically, it was the Mavericks who done it last year to the then back-to-back defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers during their 2nd round match-up. This is also the 2nd time a defending champion got swept in the first round in 5 years since the Miami Heat who won the title in 2006 suffer a first round sweep at the hands of the Chicago Bulls in 2007. The Mavericks are the first team to be knocked out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs in which nobody expected they will be so. For the Thunder, they advance to the 2nd round and will face the winner between the #3 Los Angeles Lakers and the #6 Denver Nuggets in which the Lakers lead the series 2-1.

James Harden off the bench led the Thunder with 29 points (15 of them in the 4th quarter including a clutch lay-up in the final moments of the game), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Kevin Durant finished with a double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds with 4 assists and 2 blocks. Russell Westbrook added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Derek Fisher scored 12. Serge Ibaka added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.

2011 NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 34 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jason Kidd added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Jason Terry who regularly comes off the bench, started the game and finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Ian Mahinmi off the bench added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Shawn Marion added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Vince Carter added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

In Orlando, the Indiana Pacers are now one win away from advancing to the 2nd round for the first time since 2005 as they defeat the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of their series at the Amway Center 101-99. Game 5 will be back in Indianapolis on May 9. David West led the Pacers with a double-double 26 points and 12 rebounds. Danny Granger added 21 points and 7 rebounds. Roy Hibbert also finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds with 3 blocks. Geroge Hill added 12 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Darren Collison off the bench added 11 points, 9 assists and 2 steals. Jason Richardson led the Magic with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Glen Davis finished with a double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jameer Nelson also finished with a double-double 12 points and 11 assists with 6 rebounds. 2012 Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu each scored 11. J.J. Redick off the bench added 10 points and 7 assists.

In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers pull off another comeback victory as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of their first round series at the Staples Center 87-86. Game 4 will be in Los Angeles on May 8. Chris Paul led the Clippers with a double-double 24 points and 11 assists with 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Blake Griffin added 17 points and 4 rebounds. Randy Foye added 16 points and 4 rebounds. Mo Williams scored 8 off the bench. Reggie Evans pulled down 11 rebounds. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Zach Randolph added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Marc Gasol finished with a double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter off the bench also scored 11.

In Salt Lake City, the San Antonio Spurs take a 3-0 lead in their first round series against the Utah Jazz at the EnergySolutions Arena 102-90. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 27 points and 6 assists. Tim Duncan added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Danny Green added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Stephen Jackson added 13 points and 2 blocks off the bench. Tiago Splitter added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Manu Ginobili dished out 10 assists with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Al Jefferson led the Jazz with a double-double 21 points and 11 rebounds. Devin Harris added 21 points and 5 assists. Derrick Favors also finished with a double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Rookie Alec Burks scored 11 off the bench. Paul Millsap pulled down 11 rebounds with 9 points and 5 blocks

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 14:27 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz (Spurs lead series 3-0)
Game 4: May 8, 8:00 am PHT on Basketball TV

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 8, 10:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 7, 9:30 am PHT on Studio 23 and Basketball TV

#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WINS SERIES 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Bulls vs #8 76ers (76ers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 7, 1:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Celtics lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 7, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic (Pacers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 3-0)
Game 4: May 8, 3:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV 
Surprised that the Mavericks are the first team to be knocked out of this year’s playoffs and in a sweep.

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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: Grzzlies tie their series vs the Clippers. Pacers take Game 3 in Orlando. Spurs put Jazz in 0-2 hole.

Rudy Gay with a jumper over Nick Young
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The Memphis Grizzlies bounce back after a devastating loss in Game 1 in which they led by as many as 27 to take Game 2 of their first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers at the FedExForum 105-98. The series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3 on May 6.

Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. O.J. Mayo off the bench added 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Mike Conley added 19 points and 6 assists. Zach Randolph added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Marreese Speights added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Tony Allen added 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Marc Gasol added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 29 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Blake Griffin added 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Mo Williams and Nick Young both off the bench each scored 11. Bobby Simmons scored 9. DeAndre Jordan added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.

In San Antonio, the San Antonio Spurs take a commanding 2-0 lead in their first round series against the Utah Jazz at the AT&T Center 114-83. The series shifts to Salt Lake City for Game 3 on May 6. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 18 points and 9 assists. Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 2 steals. Danny Green added 13 points and 3 blocks. Tim Duncan finished with a double-double 12 points and 13 rebounds. Boris Diaw and Gary Neal off the bench each scored 11. DeJuan Blair added 10 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Al Jefferson and Josh Howard led the Jazz with each scoring 10 points. Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and rookie Alec Burks each scored 9.  Gordon Hayward and rookie Enes Kanter each scored 8.

In Orlando, the Indiana Pacers have taken a 2-1 lead in their first round series against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center 97-74. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Roy Hibbert finished with a double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds with 3 blocks. George Hill scored 15. Paul George added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Darren Collison off the bench scored 10. Glen Davis led the Magic with 22 points. J.J. Redick scored 13 off the bench. Jameer Nelson added 10 points and 5 assists. Ryan Anderson scored 7.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 14:48 PHT)
WESTERN CONFERENCE
#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz (Spurs lead series 2-0)
Game 3: May 6, 10:00 am PHT on Studio 23 and NBA Premium TV
#4 Grizzlies vs # 5 Clippers (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: May 6, 4:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 2-0)
Game 3: May 5, 10:30 am PHT on ESPN

#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks (Thunder lead series 2-0)
Game 3: May 4, 9:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
EASTERN CONFERENCE
#1 Bulls vs # 8 76ers (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: May 5, 8:00 am PHT on Studio 23 and NBA Premium TV
#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: May 5, 7:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic (Pacers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 6, 2:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 2-0)
Game 3: May 4, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: Clippers come from 27 down to defeat the Grizzlies in Game 1 99-98. Hawks defeat the Celtics in Game 1 83-74.

The Clippers celebrate their victory over the Memphis Grizzlies
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Welcome to the NBA Daily Blog Playoff “Birthday” Edition 2012. Let’s Go!
The Los Angeles Clippers come back from 27 points down in the third quarter to pull off a stunner over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first round series vs the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum 99-98. The Grizzlies were up 84-57 with 2:12 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Clippers then went on to outscore the Grizzlies 42-14 which was capped off by two clutch free throws by Chris Paul.
Paul finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 assists. Nick Young off the bench led the Clippers in scoring with 19 points. Blake Griffin added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Caron Butler scored 12 before leaving the game with a broken hand. Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe each scored 9. Reggie Evans pulled down 13 rebounds with 7 points. Kenyon Martin blocked 3 shots.
Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo off the bench each scored 17. Conley also added 8 assists. Marc Gasol added 14 points and 6 assists. Marreese Speights added 8 points and 9 rebounds.
In Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks take the opener in their first round series against the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena 83-74. Josh Smith led the Hawks with a double-double 22 points and 18 rebounds. Jeff Teague added 15 points and 6 assists. Kirk Hinrich added 12 points and 4 rebounds. Joe Johnson added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with a double-double 20 points and 11 assists with 4 steals. Kevin Garnett also finished with a double-double 20 points and 12 rebounds with 2 steals. Paul Pierce added 12 points and 6 assists. Avery Bradley scored 10.In San Antonio, the top-seeded team in the West, the San Antonio Spurs take Game 1 of their first round match-up against the Utah Jazz at the AT&T Center 106-91. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 28 points and 8 assists. Tim Duncan finished with a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds with 5 assists and 2 steals. Stephen Jackson scored 14 off the bench. Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner each scored 9. Paul Millsap led the Jazz with a near double-double 20 points and 9 rebounds with 3 blocks. Gordon Hayward added 17 points and 2 steals. Al Jefferson added 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jamaal Tinsley added 9 points and 5 assists.
In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers open their playoff campaign with a win over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center 103-88. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Ramon Sessions added 14 points and 5 assists. Pau Gasol finished with a near triple-double 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists with 2 blocks. Devin Ebanks added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Andrew Bynum came up with a triple-double 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. Jordan Hill off the bench finished with a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds with 2 blocks. Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 19 points. Andre Miller off the bench added 14 points added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Corey Brewer scored 11. Rookie Kenneth Faried and Al Harrington each scored 10.
2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 17:55 PHT)
WESTERN CONFERENCE
#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz (Spurs lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 3, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#4 Grizzlies vs # 5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 3, 9:30 am PHT on ESPN
 
#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 2, 10:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks (Thunder lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 1, 9:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
EASTERN CONFERENCE
 
#1 Bulls vs # 8 76ers (Bulls lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 2, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Hawks lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 2, 7:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV
 
#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic (Magic lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 1, 7:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV
#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 1, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
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NBA Daily Blog: Hawks beat the Clippers at home 109-102. Celtics beat the Heat at home 78-66. Jazz eliminate the Suns at home 100-88.

Joe Johnson passes thru the Clippers defense.
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The Atlanta Hawks are inching closer to securing homecourt advantage with a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at Philips Arena 109-102. The Hawks improve to 39-26 with a 1 game advantage over the Boston Celtics for homecourt advantage in their 1st round match-up. While the Clippers with the loss drop to 40-25 in a tie with the Memphis Grizzlies for the 4th seed out West. Also with the Clippers loss, the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the Pacific Division title for the 5th consecutive year.
The Hawks were led by Joe Johnson with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Jeff Teague added 21 points and 2 blocks. Josh Smith finished with a double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds with 5 assists. Marvin Williams scored 11 off the bench.
The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin with 36 points and 8 rebounds. Chris Paul added 34 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. Caron Butler added 9 points and 7 rebounds.
 Marquis Daniels with the dunk.
Photo ©NBA/Celtics.com
The Boston Celtics without Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen who are resting for the coming playoffs came up with a victory in a low-scoring slugfest over the Miami Heat who played without their Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh at the TD Garden 78-66. The Celtics improve to 38-27, a game behind the Atlanta Hawks for homecourt advantage in their first round match up. While the Heat drop to 46-19 and with the loss, the Chicago Bulls clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference while the Heat will be placed second in the East.
The Celtics were led by Sasha Pavlovic with 16 points. Marquis Daniels off the bench added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley each scored 8.
The Heat were led by Dexter Pittman with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. James Jones scored 11 off the bench. Udonis Haslem pulled down 13 rebounds. Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller each scored 8.
Paul Millsap lays it in.
 Photo ©NBA/UtahJazz.com
The Utah Jazz secure the final playoff berth in the Western Conference as they knock off the Phoenix Suns out of playoff contention with a win at the EnergySolutions Arena 100-88. The Jazz improve to 34-30, 1.5 game behind the 7th seeded Dallas Mavericks. While the Suns drop to 33-32 currently tied with the Houston Rockets for the 9th seed.
The Jazz were led by Paul Millsap with a double-double 26 points and 15 rebounds with 3 steals. Al Jefferson also finished with a double-double 18 points and 16 rebounds with 2 blocks. Devin Harris added 14 points and 2 steals. Derrick Favors off the bench also finished with a double-double 13 points and 11 rebounds with 5 blocks. Gordon Hayward added 11 points, 8 assists and 2 steals.
The Suns were led by Jared Dudley and Michael Redd who came off the bench with each scoring 15 points. Dudley also added 6 rebounds. Steve Nash finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 assists. Shannon Brown and Hakim Warrick each scored 12.
In Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Sacramento Kings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 118-110. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Daequan Cook off the bench added 19 points and 5 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha each scored 11. Kendrick Perkins added 10 points and 5 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Jason Thompson added 22 points and 6 rebounds. Travis Outlaw added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Tyreke Evans scored 18. Rookie Isaiah Thomas added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals.
In Oakland, the New Orleans Hornets on Marco Belinelli’s clutch layup with 1.5 seconds in the 4th quarter pick up a road victory over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena 83-81. Belinelli led the Hornets with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Carl Landry off the bench added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Rookie Gustavo Ayon added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Greivis Vasquez added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Al-Farouq Aminu pulled down 11 rebounds with 8 points. Rookie Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 16 points. Brandon Rush off the bench scored 15. Another rookie Jeremy Tyler added 13 points and 8 rebounds. A third rookie in Charles Jenkins finished with a double-double 10 points and 10 assists with 5 rebounds.
STANDINGS AS OF 4/25/12 (13:43 PHT)
WEST:
1. Spurs (w) 48-16, 2. Thunder (nw) 47-18, 3. Lakers (x) 41-24, 4. Clippers (x) 40-25, 5. Grizzlies (x) 40-25, 6. Nuggets (x) 36-28, 7. Mavericks (x) 36-29, 8. Jazz (x) 35-30, 9. Suns (o) 33-32, 10. Rockets (o) 33-32, 11. Trail Blazers (o) 28-37, 12. Timberwolves (o) 26-39, 13. Warriors (o) 23-42, 14. Kings (o) 21-44, 15. Hornets (o) 21-44
EAST:
1. Bulls (e) 48-16, 2. Heat (se) 46-19, 3. Pacers (x) 42-23, 4. Celtics (a) 38-27, 5. Hawks (x) 39-26, 6. Magic (x) 36-28, 7. Knicks (x) 34-30, 8. 76ers (x) 34-30, 9. Bucks (o) 31-33, 10. Pistons (o) 24-41, 11. Nets (o) 22-43, 12. Raptors (o) 22-43, 13. Cavaliers (o) 21-43, 14. Wizards (o) 18-46, 15. Bobcats (o) 7-57

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NBA Daily Blog: Grizzlies beat the Jazz at home 103-98. Spurs beat the Suns at home 105-91.

Mike Conley attempts a lay-up against Al Jefferson
Photo ©NBA/Grizzlies.com

The Memphis Grizzlies inch closer to securing a playoff berth as they deal the Utah Jazz a blow to their playoff hopes with a win at the FedExForum 103-98. The Grizzlies improve to 35-24 with a firm grip on the 5th seed, while the Jazz drop to 31-30 as they stay in 10th place.
The Grizzlies were led by Rudy Gay who finished with a double-double 26 points and 12 rebounds with 2 blocks. O.J. Mayo scored 20. Marc Gasol added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Mike Conley also scored 17 points with 6 assists.


The Jazz were led by Al Jefferson and Devin Harris who each scored 20 points. Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward each scored 17. Derrick Favors finished with a double-double 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

 Steve Nash drives against Danny Green
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The San Antonio Spurs win the Southwest Division crown with a blowout victory over the Phoenix Suns which was another blow to their playoff chances at the AT&T Center 105-91. The Spurs improve to 42-16 still in 2nd place in the West, while the Suns drop to 31-29 still in the 9th place.

The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan who finished with a double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Parker and rookie Kawhi Leonard each scored 14. DeJuan Blair scored 10 points. Stephen Jackson added 9 points.

The Suns were led by Sebastian Telfair off the bench who scored 21 points. Michael Redd scored 13. Rookie Markieff Morris added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers win a high-scoring shootout against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center 112-104. Chris Paul led the Clippers with a double-double 28 points and 13 assists with 3 steals. Blake Griffin added 20 points and 9 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan scored 18. Mo Williams off the bench scored 14. Randy Foye scored 12. Kenyon Martin blocked 3 shots. Nate Robinson coming off the bench led the Warriors with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. Rookie Klay Thompson added 24 points and 4 steals. Dorell Wright added 23 points and 7 rebounds. Brandon Rush scored 22.


In Washington, DC, the Cleveland Cavaliers pick up the win against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center 98-89. Luke Harangody led the Cavaliers with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Parker added 15 points and 5 assists. Rookie Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 2 blocks. Another rookie Donald Sloan scored 13. Alonzo Gee scored 11. Lester Hudson off the bench scored 10. John Wall led the Wizards with 19 points and 9 assists. Jordan Crawford scored 18. Kevin Seraphin scored 15. James Singleton scored 13 off the bench. Rookie Jan Vesely finished with a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds.

In Newark, the Boston Celtics clinch a playoff berth after defeating the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center 94-82. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with a double-double 21 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Bass also finished with a double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds with 2 blocks. Avery Bradley also scored 18. Paul Pierce added 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Rajon Rondo dished out 15 assists. Gerald Green off the bench led the Nets with 15 points. Rookie MarShon Brooks scored 13. Deron Williams finished with a double-double 12 points and 14 assists. Another rookie Jordan Williams also finished with a double-double 12 points and 14 rebounds.

In Minneapolis, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves who are playing again without star Kevin Love who is out after a mild concussion at the Target Center 110-105. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 43 points and 7 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 35 points and 8 assists. Nick Collison scored 10 off the bench. Serge Ibaka pulled down 12 rebounds with 8 points and 5 blocks. Kendrick Perkins pulled down 10 rebounds. Michael Beasley off the bench led the Timberwolves with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. J.J. Barea finished with a double-double 24 points and 10 assists with 3 steals. Anthony Randolph also had a double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic also came up with a double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds.

In Milwaukee, the Indiana Pacers win a close game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center 105-99. 7 Pacers players finished in double figures with Roy Hibbert leading the way with a double-double 23 points and 14 rebounds. Danny Granger added 21 points and 7 rebounds. George Hill scored 13. David West, Paul George, Leandro Barbosa and Tyler Hansbrough each scored 10. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 20 points. Brandon Jennings finished with a double-double 16 points and 10 assists. Carlos Delfino scored 14. Mike Dunleavy Jr. finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Ersan Ilyasova scored 11.

STANDINGS AS OF 4/15/12 (12:06 PHT)
WEST:
1. Thunder (nw) 44-16, 2. Spurs (sw) 42-16, 3. Lakers (x) 38-22, 4. Clippers 37-23, 5. Grizzlies 35-24, 6. Mavericks 34-26,7. Rockets 32-27,8. Nuggets 32-27, 9. Suns 31-29, 10. Jazz 31-30, 11. Trail Blazers 28-32, 12. Timberwolves (o) 25-36, 13. Warriors (o) 22-37, 14. Kings (o) 19-41, 15. Hornets (o) 17-42
EAST:
1. Bulls (c) 45-14, 2. Heat (x) 41-17, 3. Pacers (x) 38-22, 4. Celtics (x) 35-25, 5. Hawks 35-24, 6. Magic 34-25, 7. Knicks 31-28, 8. 76ers 31-28,  9. Bucks 29-31, 10. Pistons (o) 22-37, 11. Nets (o) 22-39, 12. Raptors (o) 21-39, 13. Cavaliers (o) 20-38, 14. Wizards (o) 14-46, 15. Bobcats (o) 7-51
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NBA Daily Blog: Rockets lose to the Jazz at home 103-91.

Gordon Hayward defended by Courtney Lee.
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The Houston Rockets‘ homecoming after a successful road trip ended on a sour note as they lose to the Utah Jazz at the Toyota Center 103-91. The loss pushed the Rockets into a 6th place three-way tie with the idle Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets who won against the Minnesota Timberwolves (story below) at 32-26. The Jazz improve to 31-28 with the victory.

The Rockets shot only 36% from the field, 20% from 3 point range and were led by Goran Dragic who scored 19 points and 7 assists. Kyle Lowry added 15 points and 5 assists coming off the bench. Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 13. Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson each scored 10. Marcus Camby pulled down 13 rebounds together with 9 points.


The Jazz shot 51% from the field, 43% from 3 point range and were led by Gordon Hayward who finished with 29 points and 6 assists. Paul Millsap added 21 points and 7 rebounds. Al Jefferson finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Derrick Favors and DeMarre Carroll each scored 10.


In Toronto, the Philadelphia 76ers win in a blowout against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre 93-75. 6 Sixers players finished in double figures with Thaddeus Young leading the way with 17 points and 5 rebounds coming off the bench. Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Elton Brand finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Spencer Hawes each scored 10. The Raptors were led by Ed Davis who had a double-double 13 points, and 13 rebounds coming off the bench. Rookie Alan Anderson also scored 13. DeMar DeRozan scored 11. Gary Forbes scored 10.


In Cleveland, the Indiana Pacers win in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena 104-98. With the loss, the Cavaliers are knocked out of playoff contention. The Pacers were playing without starting point guard Darren Collison and were led by Danny Granger with 23 points. David West scored 19 points. George Hill added 17 points and 5 assists. Roy Hibbert finished with a double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds. Paul George pulled down 10 rebounds. Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Lester Hudson added 19 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Samardo Samuels scored 13. Rookie Tristan Thompson added 10 points and 8 rebounds.


In Boston, the Boston Celtics win a thriller in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks at the TD Garden 88-86. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with a double-double 22 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Bass also had a double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 17. Rajon Rondo came up with a triple-double 10 points, 10 rebounds and 20 assists. The Hawks were led by Jeff Teague who finished with 21 points and 6 assists. Josh Smith finished with a double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Johnson scored 14. Zaza Pachulia scored 13.


In Milwaukee, the New York Knicks maintained their hold on the 8th spot in the East as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center 111-107. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with a double-double 32 points and 10 rebounds. Tyson Chandler also came up with a double-double 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie Iman Shumpert added 16 points and 5 assists. J.R. Smith scored 14. Landry Fields added 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Steve Novak scored 10. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 35 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. Brandon Jennings finished with 22 points and 7 assists. Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 19 points and 6 rebounds.


In Memphis, the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Phoenix Suns at the FedExForum 104-93. The Grizzlies were led by Rudy Gay who finished with 32 points and 7 rebounds. Zach Randolph added 17 points and 9 rebounds. O.J. Mayo scored 15. Mike Conley added 12 points and 7 assists. Dante Cunningham scored 10. Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 19 points. Shannon Brown scored 18. Rookie Markieff Morris scored 17. Steve Nash finished with a double-double 11 points and 10 assists. Josh Childress scores 10.


In New Orleans, the New Orleans Hornets pick up the win against the Sacramento Kings at the New Orleans Arena 105-96. Jason Smith led the Hornets with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Marco Belinelli scored 21. Greivis Vasquez added 15 points and 5 assists. Xavier Henry scored 14. Chris Kaman pulled down 10 rebounds with 8 points. The Kings were led by Marcus Thornton who scored 25 points. Tyreke Evans added 19 points and 9 assists. Jason Thompson added 18 points and 7 rebounds.


In Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers win a thriller on a Chris Paul layup with 8.8 seconds left against the West leading Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 100-98. Paul led the way for the Clippers with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Blake Griffin finished with a double-double 16 points, and 12 rebounds alongside 7 assists. Kenyon Martin scored 12. Nick Young added 10. Kevin Durant who missed the game-winning 3 pointer led the Thunder with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 20 points and 9 assists. James Harden scored 17 off the bench. Serge Ibaka added 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.


In San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers once again without Kobe Bryant pick up a huge blowout victory on the road against the 2nd place San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center 98-84. Metta World Peace led the Lakers with 26 points. Paul Gasol finished with a double-double 21 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Bynum had a monster game on the boards finishing with a career high and NBA season high 30 rebounds alongside 16 points. Matt Barnes scored 13 off the bench. Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake each scored 10. Danny Green led the Spurs with 22 points. The Spurs trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combine for only 27 points with Duncan scoring 14, Ginobili scoring 9 points, and Parker with 4 points with 8 assists.


In Denver, the Denver Nuggets pick up a home win against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center 113-107. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Arron Afflalo scored 21. Danilo Gallinari scored 18. Kenneth Faried finished with a double-double 16 points and 12 rebounds. Al Harrington scored 11. The Timberwolves who lost star forward Kevin Love after suffering from a concussion coming off the elbow of JaVale McGee in the 1st quarter were led by Anthony Randolph who scored 28 coming off the bench. Rookie Derrick Williams added 27 points and 8 rebounds. J.J. Barea, Nikola Pekovic and Martell Webster each scored 12. Wesley Johnson scored 11.

In Portland, the Portland Trail Blazers pick up a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Golden State Warriors at the Rose Garden 118-110. Jamal Crawford led the Trail Blazers with 34 points. J.J. Hickson finished with a double-double 23 point and 13 rebounds. Wesley Matthews scored 18. Raymond Felton also finished with a double-double 16 points and 10 assists. Nicolas Batum scored 14. Joel Pryzbilla pulled down 14 rebounds. The Warriors who are knocked out of playoff contention with the loss were led by David Lee with a double-double 21 points and 14 rebounds. Nate Robinson added 19 points and 8 assists. Richard Jefferson scored 15. Brandon Rush scored 13. Rookie Klay Thompson scored 12. Dorell Wright added 11.

With the New York Knicks’ victory against the Milwaukee Bucks, the idle Detroit Pistons have been knocked out of playoff contention. However, it’s still a two-way battle for the 8th spot between the Knicks and the Bucks.

STANDINGS AS OF 4/12/12 (13:07 PHT)
WEST: 

1. Thunder (nw) 42-16, 2. Spurs (x) 40-16, 3. Lakers 37-22, 4. Clippers 35-23, 5. Grizzlies 34-23, 6. Mavericks 32-26, 7. Nuggets 32-26, 8. Rockets 32-26, 9. Jazz 31-28, 10. Suns 30-28, 11. Trail Blazers 28-31, 12. Timberwolves 25-34, 13. Warriors (o) 22-35, 14. Kings (o) 19-40, 15. Hornets (o) 16-42
EAST:
1. Bulls (x) 44-14, 2. Heat (x) 40-16, 3. Pacers 36-22, 4. Celtics 34-24, 5. Hawks 34-24, 6. Magic 34-24, 7. 76ers 31-27, 8. Knicks 30-28, 9. Bucks 28-30, 10. Pistons (o) 21-36, 11. Nets (o) 21-38, 12. Cavaliers (o) 19-37, 12. Raptors (o) 20-39, 14. Wizards (o) 14-44, 15. Bobcats (o) 7-49
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