Wild West: Nuggets tighten race for No. 6

April, 16, 2012
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We take a look at the games that impact the West playoff picture each morning for the rest of the regular season.

Mavs' spot in the standings: Dallas remains in the sixth spot, but missed an opportunity to gain a game on Memphis for the No. 5 seed. The Mavs are one-half game ahead of Denver, which knocked off Houston on Sunday and those two teams play again tonight.

SUNDAY'S GAMES
Lakers 112, Mavs 108 (OT): The Lakers, playing without Kobe Bryant, grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and outscored Dallas 18-9 in second-chance points to sweep the four-game season series.

Hornets 88, Grizzlies 75: New Orleans is embracing the spoiler role as Memphis missed a chance to close the gap on the Clippers for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage.

Nuggets 101, Rockets 86: Houston lost its third straight and is now just one game ahead of ninth-place Phoenix.

TODAY’S GAMES
Mavs at Jazz
Nuggets at Rockets
Trail Blazers at Suns
Spurs at Warriors
Thunder at Clippers

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
19.5 4.4 1.9 33.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.7
AssistsR. Rondo 6.2
StealsM. Ellis 1.9
BlocksB. James 2.0