Tip-Off for 4/2/13 (featuring Gil Scott-Heron): Utah Jazz streak moves to five games with 112-102 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers
Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz are hanging on to the West’s 8th seed by their fingertips.
One week ago, it looked as if the Utah Jazz were going to drop right out of the Western Conference playoff race. After five consecutive wins, Tyrone Corbin’s crew have reclaimed sole possession of the #8 seed by one-half game over the Los Angeles Lakers and two games over the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz opened up an early lead and were able to hold off the Portland Trail Blazers 112-102.
Pistons 108 – Raptors 98 - Both teams shot exceptionally well, but the Raptors ran out of gas in the 4th quarter. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 24 points. Rudy Gay scored a game-high 34 points for Toronto.
Hawks 104 – Cavaliers 92 - The Cavaliers lost their ninth straight game despite shooting 50 percent from the floor. Devin Harris (I forgot the Hawks had him) led Atlanta with 24 points. Marreese Speights led Cleveland with 23 points.
Bucks 131 – Bobcats 102 - The Bucks had their biggest offensive output in over four years. Larry Sanders once again posted a career-high with 24 points, he also added 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 27 points and 6 assists.
Grizzlies 92 – Spurs 90 - Mike Conley scored on a layup with 0.6 seconds remaining as San Antonio lost in the closing seconds for the second time in as many nights. Conley led Memphis with 23 points and Zach Randolph grabbed 10 rebounds. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 25 points. The Spurs were without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.
Rockets 111 – Magic 103 - The Rockets led 32-14 after the first quarter against Orlando — who is 1-9 in their last 10 games. Omir Asik led Houston with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Rookie Mo Harkless led the Magic with a game-high 28 points.
T-Wolves 110 – Celtics 100 - Nikola Pekovic scored 29 points and Ricky Rubio handed out 10 assists as Boston was without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Avery Bradley led Boston with 19 points.
Jazz 112 – Trail Blazers 102 - Al Jefferson led Utah with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Mo Williams added 20 points, including 6 three-pointers. Wesley Matthews led Portland with 23 points. The Trail Blazers were without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge for the third straight game.
Pacers 109 – Clippers 106 - Indiana led wire to wire in a contest between two of the NBA’s better young teams. Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Crawford led Los Angeles with 25 points and Chris Paul handed out 8 dimes.
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