NBA: Suns end losing skid, keep Mavs from playoffs

2013-04-11T00:00:00Z NBA: Suns end losing skid, keep Mavs from playoffsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DALLAS - P.J. Tucker scored 17 points, including two key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Phoenix Suns eliminated the Dallas Mavericks from the playoffs with a 102-91 victory Wednesday night. It will be the Mavericks' first time out of the post-season since 2000.

The Suns blew a 14-point lead in the second quarter and almost did it again in the fourth before hanging on to snap a 10-game losing streak that was their longest in 16 years.

The loss, coupled with Portland's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, ended a 12-season streak of playoff trips for the Mavericks (38-40).

Goran Dragic led the Suns with 21 points and 13 assists, while Luis Scola had 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Shawn Marion led the Mavericks with 22 points and nine rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and Vince Carter had 18.

"I mean, it didn't look good for two or three weeks," said Nowitzki, who was just 6 of 18 from the field. "It's not like we had unbelievable high hopes for it. It's not like our hopes were crushed tonight."

• Lakers 113, Trail Blazers 106: In Portland, Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 47 points and Los Angeles pulled closer to a playoff berth. The Lakers moved a game up on the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Rookie Damian Lillard led the Blazers with a career-high 38 points.

• Pistons 111, Cavaliers 104: In Cleveland, Andre Drummond scored a career-high 29 points as Detroit won a second straight game for the first time in two months. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points, including 21 in the second half, but missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Cavaliers the lead with 21 seconds left.

• Hawks 124, 76ers 101: In Philadelphia, Josh Smith had 28 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. Thaddeus Young led the reeling Sixers with 28 points.

• Magic 113, Bucks 103, OT: In Orlando, Nik Vucevic had 30 points and 20 rebounds, and Tobias Harris added 30 points and 19 rebounds as Orlando overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, sending it to OT on a 3-pointer by Harris with 1.9 seconds left.

• Nets 101, Celtics 93: In Boston, Deron Williams had 29 points and 12 assists, Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 20 for Brooklyn.

• Heat 103, Wizards 98: In Washington, D.C., Ray Allen scored 23 points as Miami's B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem sat with injuries, and Chris Bosh was out with flu-like symptoms.

• Kings 121, Hornets 110: In Sacramento, John Salmons had 22 points, and Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton each added 20 to help Sacramento snap a four-game losing streak. The Kings led by 17 at the half and surpassed the 100-point mark early in the fourth quarter when they stretched the lead to 28 points against the struggling Hornets. Eric Gordon had 23 for New Orleans.

• Clippers 111, Timberwolves 95: In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 19 points apiece as the Clippers celebrated their franchise-record 31st home win of the season. Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points and ex-UA Wildcat Derrick Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Portland, which was swept 4-0 by the Clippers for the first time since 1992-93.

• Nuggets 96, Spurs 86: In Denver, Wilson Chandler scored 29 points and Corey Brewer had 28 as Denver posted its franchise-record 21st straight home win. Ex-UA Wildcat Andre Iguodala recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who haven't lost at home since Jan. 18 against Washington.

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