Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Updated: April 5, 12:46 AM ET
NEW YORK -- Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 18 rebounds, Nate Robinson made the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-90 on Thursday night.
Jimmy Butler had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Luol Deng scored 18 points, and Robinson finished with 12 as the Bulls shook off the absences of five key players to keep Indiana from clinching the Central Division title they've won the last two years.
Deron Williams had 30 points and 10 assists for the Nets, who had a disappointing return home from an eight-game road trip. Brook Lopez finished with 28 points, but he had a turnover and two misses in the final minute, including a corner jumper that went in and out that would have forced overtime.
NUGGETS 95, MAVERICKS 94
DENVER -- Corey Brewer scored 23 points and got a hand on Anthony Morrow's last-second shot to preserve the Nuggets' 19th straight home win.
Andre Iguodala's layup with 2.8 seconds put Denver ahead in a game that Dallas dominated.
The win was bittersweet, though. Denver's dreams of a deep playoff run might have taken a huge hit when they lost forward Danilo Gallinari to what looked like serious knee injury in the second quarter.
Gallinari is scheduled for an MRI on Friday, but if his screams of pain and the blank looks of his teammates after he went down with 4:27 left in the first half are any indication, the Nuggets will head into the playoffs without him.
Brandan Wright scored 16 points to lead Dallas.
THUNDER 100, SPURS 88
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and Oklahoma City seized control of the race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs.
Derek Fisher hit a season-high five 3-pointers and had 17 points, his most since joining the Thunder in late February, while fueling a big first-half run that put Oklahoma City ahead to stay.
Oklahoma City still trails San Antonio by a half-game in the standings, but pulled even in the loss column and would control the tiebreaker if both teams won out because of a better record against the West.
Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan each scored 24 points and had double-doubles for the Spurs. Tony Parker had just two points in 25 minutes and did not play in the final 7 minutes with the game on the line.