Jazz clinches division against cold-shooting Hornets
NEW ORLEANS ó Mehmet Okur had 22 points and 17 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz clinch the Northwest Division and snap the New Orleans Hornetsí 11-game home winning streak, 77-66 on Tuesday night.
Deron Williams had 16 assists and outplayed Chris Paul as the Jazz took a 20-point lead early in the fourth quarter and cruised from there, holding New Orleans to its lowest point total of the season.
Peja Stojakovic scored 15 points for New Orleans, which shot a woeful 3-of-14 on 3-pointers and 37 percent overall as its five-game winning streak came to an end.
Pacers 112, Hawks 98
INDIANAPOLIS ó Mike Dunleavy scored 28 points, and Indiana beat Atlanta to avoid elimination from the Eastern Conference playoff race.
A win by the Hawks would have knocked the Pacers from playoff contention, and Atlanta would have needed just one win or a New Jersey loss the rest of the way to clinch a berth. Instead, the Pacers are just two games behind the Hawks for the eighth spot with four games left.
Celtics 107, Bucks 104, OT
MILWAUKEE ó The Big Three were back to build a big lead, but the reserves coughed it up and forced Boston to use overtime to beat Milwaukee for its seventh straight victory.
After sitting out the Celticsí victory at Charlotte on Saturday, stars Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce lobbied coach Doc Rivers to play Tuesday night.
Suns 127, Grizzlies 113
MEMPHIS, Tenn. ó Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Phoenix beat Memphis despite playing without Shaquille OíNeal, who had a right hip contusion.
Mavericks 99, SuperSonics 83
DALLAS ó Jason Terry scored 22 points, Josh Howard added 17, and Dallas crept closer to a playoff berth while sending Seattle to its club-record 60th loss.
Knicks 98, Pistons 94
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Wilson Chandler scored all of his 19 points in the first half, and New York built a huge lead and beat Detroit.
Heat 95, Bulls 88
MIAMI ó Kasib Powell scored a career-high 18 points for Miami in his first game back from the NBA Development League.
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