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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Nice work: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after a basket by teammate Jordan Farmar during their game against the Nuggets on Sunday in Los Angeles. AP PHOTO

Richardson hands Spurs victory

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A two-time NBA slam dunk champion, Jason Richardson went up for one of the easiest throwdowns he'll ever get.


With nothing but the rim between Richardson and a game-tying basket with 41.8 seconds left, he blew a one-handed dunk on a breakaway as the rest of the Phoenix Suns watched in disbelief, while the San Antonio Spurs savored their good luck in a 113-110 win on Sunday.

"I don't like to miss dunks, especially in crunch time like that, but it's one of those things that happens," Richardson said. "You can't do anything about it."

Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 41 points and 12 rebounds, but thanks to Richardson's gaffe and the Suns letting the final buzzer sound before getting a final shot off, the Spurs ended Phoenix's five-game winning streak.

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili had 21 points apiece, and Richard Jefferson scored 20 points off the bench in his best game since the disappointing addition to the Spurs lineup lost his starting job two weeks ago.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called it a good win against the NBA's hottest team since the All-Star break. Phoenix arrived in San Antonio having won 11 of 13, and were 14 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season.

Mavericks 108, Hornets 100

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 36 points and Caron Butler had 19 in his return to the lineup as the Mavericks extended their NBA-high winning streak to seven.

Lakers 95, Nuggets 89

In Los Angeles, Lamar Odom scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lakers overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit.

Hawks 106, Bucks 102 (OT)

In Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored nine of his 24 points in overtime, and Josh Smith had 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Magic 96, Heat 80

In Orlando, Rashard Lewis had 22 points, and Vince Carter added 17 to help the Magic overcome Dwight Howard's sub-par game.

Wizards 89, Nets 85

In East Rutherford, N.J., Andray Blatche scored a career-high 36 points and had 15 rebounds, and Randy Foye hit two jumpers in the final 44 seconds for Washington.

Thunder 119, Raptors 99

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Nenad Krstic had a rare 3-pointer and added 16 points and the Thunder handed Toronto its third straight loss without All-Star forward Chris Bosh (sprained left ankle).

Kings 97, Clippers 92

In Sacramento, Tyreke Evans scored 22 points to help the Kings win consecutive home games for the first time since mid-December.

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