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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jazz edge Thunder despite Durant's 45-point night

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Deron Williams scored a career-high 42 points, including a go-ahead jumper from the top of the key with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Utah Jazz pulled into second place in the Western Conference with a wild 140-139 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

Utah overcame 45 points by Kevin Durant, who thought he was fouled on a 3-pointer just before the buzzer that would have won it for the Thunder. Durant and several teammates stayed on the court pleading for a call that never came before the officials were escorted to the tunnel by security.

Durant hit four of his seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Thunder rallied to force overtime.

Carlos Boozer had 28 points and 15 rebounds for Utah. Williams finished with 10 assists.

Cavaliers 113, Raptors 101

In Cleveland, flattened by an inadvertent elbow, Toronto All-Star forward Chris Bosh broke a bone in his face as the Raptors' playoff hopes took a blow with a loss to the Cavaliers.

Bosh was accidentally struck by Cleveland's Antawn Jamison in the first three minutes. Bosh, who had blood dripping from his nose and mouth as he was assisted from the floor, was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for a CT scan.

Following the game, the Raptors said in a statement that tests showed Bosh suffered a "maxilla and nasal fracture to the right side of his face."

Jamison scored 20 points — 12 in the third when the Cavaliers opened a double-digit lead — and Anthony Parker had a season-high 18.

LeBron James scored 19 with 13 assists for Cleveland.

Spurs 95, Kings 86

In Sacramento, Richard Jefferson scored 18 points, Manu Ginobili had 16 and the surging Spurs beat Sacramento for their fourth straight triumph.

San Antonio got point guard Tony Parker back and moved into a sixth-place tie with Oklahoma City in the Western Conference playoff race. The Spurs have won 16 of 21 and have five games remaining.

Rookie Tyreke Evans had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Kings.

Ginobili's 3-pointer with 5:15 remaining broke a 79-all tie and began a stretch of 12 unanswered points by the Spurs.

Bucks 79, Bulls 74

In Chicago, John Salmons scored 26 points against his former team as Milwaukee secured a playoff spot by beating the Bulls.

Playing for the first time since center Andrew Bogut was injured, the Bucks wrapped up their first playoff berth since the 2005-06 season.

Wizards 112, Warriors 94

In Washington, Don Nelson came up way short in his first attempt at breaking Lenny Wilkens' record for NBA coaching victories as Golden State fell behind by double digits before the game was 3 minutes old and lost to Washington.

Nick Young scored a season-high 29 points, JaVale McGee set career highs with 25 points and 15 rebounds and Shaun Livingston matched a career high with 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting for the Wizards.

Bobcats 109, Hawks 100

In Charlotte, Gerald Wallace scored 28 points and Boris Diaw nearly had a triple-double as the Bobcats ensured the first non-losing season in their six-year history with a victory over Atlanta.

Knicks 104, Celtics 101

In New York, Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 31 points, including the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left, and Earl Barron had 17 points and a career-best 18 rebounds as the Knicks handed Boston its fourth loss in five games.

Pistons 124, 76ers 103

In Philadelphia, Charlie Villanueva scored 25 points and Rodney Stuckey added 24 as Detroit snapped an 11-game losing streak with a victory over the Sixers.

Rockets 113, Grizzlies 103

In Memphis, Kevin Martin scored 29 points, and Aaron Brooks added 17 points and seven assists to lead Houston past the Grizzlies.

No stopping UConn

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Every basket built their streak, every romp enriched their legacy.

From the first shot of the season, it seemed inevitable that Maya Moore, Tina Charles and the Connecticut Huskies' women's basketball team would win the NCAA championship.

And so they did Tuesday night, rallying from a horrible first half to beat Stanford 53-47 for their 78th straight victory and stamp themselves as one of the most dominant teams ever — in their sport or any other, men or women.

Held to only five points through the first 12 minutes and trailing 20-12 at the break, coach Geno Auriemma's team regrouped and played like champs.

"We knew a run was coming," said Maya Moore, the Huskies' best player. "We settled down and hit some big shots."

Did they ever. UConn surged to start the second half, bolting to an 11-point lead.

Moore scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Auriemma win his seventh national championship.



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