Dallas Mavericks: Rockets

Wild West: Mavs take control of No. 6 seed

April, 14, 2012
4/14/12
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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: The No. 6 seed is the Mavs' for the taking. Both Houston and Denver lost Friday night to fall 1 1/2 games back of Dallas in the standings. Plus, the Mavs hold the tiebreaker over both clubs with six games to play.

FRIDAY'S GAMES
Mavs 97, Blazers 94: Dallas led by 20 points late in the third quarter, but eight turnovers in the fourth quarter energized Portland and produced a massive run that only its own late turnovers sabotaged from being a one-possession game in the final minutes.

Lakers 103, Nuggets 97: L.A. picks up another impressive win as Kobe Bryant missed his fourth consecutive game with a shin injury and Andrew Bynum went for 30 points and eight rebounds.

Suns 112, Rockets 105: Another big road win for Steve Nash and company while the Rockets lose their second in a row at home and, along with Denver, are dangerously close to being passed by the Suns.

Hornets 96, Jazz 85: Horrible road loss for the 10th-place Jazz, whose playoff hopes are now on life support with a must-have game at Memphis tonight.

Thunder 115, Kings 89: Easy home win as the Thunder look to hold off the Spurs for the No. 1 seed.

TODAY’S GAMES
Warriors at Clippers
Thunder at Timberwolves
Jazz at Grizzlies
Suns at Spurs

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers

Wild West: Mavs, Rockets, Nuggets deadlocked

April, 12, 2012
4/12/12
8:00
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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: Utah's win at Houston, plus Denver's home win over the Timberwolves has the Mavs, Rockets and Nuggets all deadlocked, with Dallas taking over the No. 6 seed thanks to tiebreakers over both teams. All three are 1 1/2 games ahead of the ninth-place Jazz.

WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Jazz 103, Rockets 91: Houston shot 35.6 percent at home and the Jazz picked up just their 10th road win of the season in Houston while snapping the Rockets' four-game win streak.

Lakers 98, Spurs 84: Andrew Bynum grabbed 30 rebounds to go with 16 points as the Lakers recorded their most impressive victory in some time, and they did it without Kobe Bryant.

Clippers 100, Thunder 98: Chris Paul scored 31 points and OKC's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to go 10-of-35 from the field. Thanks to the Spurs' loss, the Thunder maintain the No. 1 seed.

Grizzlies 104, Suns 93: The sizzling Grizzles put a damper in the Suns' playoff hopes as Rudy Gay scored 32 points and the Memphis bench went for 42 points.

Nuggets 113, Timberwolves 107: Denver led by 21 at halftime but had to sweat it out down the stretch after an offense that scored 68 points in the first half managed just 45 in the second half.

TODAY’S GAMES
Mavs at Warriors
Grizzlies at Spurs
Clippers at Timberwolves

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9