There were no unexpected gifts left for the Golden State Warriors this time by the lowly Seattle SuperSonics and Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and the Denver Nuggets routed the host Los Angeles Clippers 117-99 to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. Meanwhile in Dallas, Jason Terry scored 22 points, Josh Howard added 17, and the Mavericks crept closer to a playoff berth with a 99-83 victory over the SuperSonics.
The Nuggets (47-31), who lost in double overtime to Seattle on Sunday, picked up momentum for Thursday night's game at Golden State (46-31), which defeated the Sacramento Kings 140-132 on Tuesday night to remain tied with the Nuggets for the final playoff berth in the West. Denver holds the tiebreaker, which makes Thursday night's game do-or-die for the Warriors.
Dallas remained 2 games ahead of both the Warriors and Nuggets.
TRAIL BLAZERS 112, LAKERS 103, at Portland, Ore. -- Brandon Roy scored 23 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and Portland held off Los Angeles, which got 34 points from Kobe Bryant.
CELTICS 107, BUCKS 104 (OT), at Milwaukee -- The Big Three -- Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce -- were back to build a big lead, but the reserves coughed it up and forced Boston to use overtime to beat Milwaukee for its seventh straight victory.
JAZZ 77, HORNETS 66, at New Orleans -- Mehmet Okur had 22 points and 17 rebounds to help Utah clinch the Northwest Division title and snap New Orleans' 11-game home winning streak.
PACERS 112, HAWKS 98, at Indianapolis -- Mike Dunleavy scored 28 points and Indiana beat Atlanta to avoid elimination from the Eastern Conference playoff race.
SUNS 127, GRIZZLIES 113, at Memphis, Tenn. -- Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Phoenix beat Memphis despite playing without Shaquille O'Neal (right hip contusion).
KNICKS 98, PISTONS 94, at Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Wilson Chandler scored all of his 19 points in the first half, and New York beat Detroit.
BOBCATS 121, TIMBERWOLVES 119, at Charlotte, N.C. -- Jason Richardson scored 36 points and Charlotte avoided a collapse against one of the league's worst teams to hold off Minnesota.
HEAT 95, BULLS 88, at Miami -- Kasib Powell scored a career-high 18 points, and Miami beat Chicago to snap a seven-game losing streak.