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Friday, April 13, 2012
Wild West: Mavs sit sixth with busy night ahead


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: No. 6 is in their sole possession after Thursday's win at Golden State. They head to Portland on Friday with a one-half game lead on the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets and are two games ahead of the ninth-seeded Utah Jazz. The Mavs (33-26) are 1 1/2 games behind the fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

THURSDAY'S GAMES
Mavs 112, Warriors 103: Dallas built a 19-point lead in the first half, cruised until the Warriors cut it to three early in the fourth quarter, but a couple of buckets by Dirk Nowitzki quickly got the momentum back.

Clippers 95, Timberwolves 82: L.A. has now won eight of its last 10 and moved one game above .500 on the road at 15-14 behind Blake Griffin's 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Spurs 107, Grizzlies 97: San Antonio bounced back from an embarrassing home loss Wednesday to the Kobe-less Lakers. Tim Duncan dominated with an old-school performance of 28 points and 12 rebounds as Memphis had its four-game win streak snapped.

TODAY’S GAMES
Mavs at Trail Blazers
Nuggets at Lakers
Kings at Thunder
Suns at Rockets
Jazz at Hornets

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers