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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Suns grab homecourt advantage

PHOENIX (AP) The over-achieving Phoenix Suns have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Suns, considered a borderline playoff contender when the season began, used the dominating power of Amare Stoudemire, the virtuoso playmaking of Steve Nash and an array of long-range shooters to rout the Denver Nuggets 123-101 on Tuesday night.

The victory locked up the No. 4 seed in the West for Phoenix. The Suns will be No. 3 if they can win at Utah on Wednesday night.

"It's a reward for the collective energy we've put into it this season," Nash said, ". . . We enjoy this and we want to keep getting better and see how good we can be."

Jazz 103, Warriors 94

In Oakland, Mehmet Okur had 23 points and seven rebounds, Paul Millsap grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, and Utah swept the three-game season series against Golden State.

Lakers 106, Kings 100

In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol had 28 points and eight rebounds, Shannon Brown scored 24 points and Kobe Bryant rested in the home finale.

Bulls 101, Celtics 93

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored a career-high 39 points, Kirk Hinrich added a season-high 30 and the Bulls helped their playoff chances with a victory over Boston.

Curry out of ROY vote

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has taken away Charlotte Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry's rookie of the year vote because his son is among the leading candidates for the award.

Curry's son, Stephen Curry, is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 assists per game for Golden State. He and Kings guard Tyreke Evans, who is averaging 20.3 points and 5.8 assists, are considered the front-runners for the award.

"Oh, he's voting for Tyreke," Stephen Curry joked after his team's 103-94 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. "That's good for me then. . . . Just to be in that conversation is great for me."

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Dell Curry would be allowed to vote for all the other postseason awards, but the league did not want to put him in an awkward position.

Curry played 16 seasons in the NBA with five teams.

Frank said the league would replace Curry with another voter who covers the Bobcats.

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