NBA roundup: It takes OT, but Lakers down Mavericks

Published: Monday, April 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES — Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Pau Gasol made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game without Kobe Bryant, 112-108 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Ramon Sessions scored 22 points, and Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who are 4-1 while the NBA's leading scorer rests his bruised shin.

Metta World Peace had 18 points as Los Angeles rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit before finishing off a four-game season sweep of the defending champion Mavericks, who swept the Lakers out of last season's playoffs.

Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points on 9-of-28 shooting and 14 rebounds, but Jason Terry missed a potential tying layup at the rim with 5 seconds left in overtime for the Mavericks, whose three-game winning streak ended. Delonte West scored 20 points, and Terry had 21 before missing a shot while trying to avoid Matt Barnes' defense.

HEAT 93, KNICKS 85: At New York, LeBronJames had 29 points and 10 rebounds, DwyaneWade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Heat beat the Knicks to clinch the Southeast Division title.

ChrisBosh finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who pulled away in the fourth quarter of a possible playoff preview. Miami is second in the Eastern Conference and New York came into the game tied for seventh, although they fell back behind Philadelphia after the loss.

CarmeloAnthony scored 42 points for the Knicks, but had only two baskets in the fourth quarter, perhaps tired after playing 43 minutes. New York had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.

BULLS 100, PISTONS 94, OT: At AuburnHills, Mich., DerrickRose scored 24 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and the Bulls beat the Pistons for the 15th straight time.

RodneyStuckey scored 32 points for the Pistons, but he missed two crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter. Rose's 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining tied the game at 86 and sent it to the extra session.

JoakimNoah had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls.

MAGIC 100, CAVALIERS 84: At Cleveland, JameerNelson scored 21 points and the Magic clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Cavaliers.

Orlando led from wire-to-wire despite playing without star center DwightHoward, who has missed the last four games with a herniated disk in his back.

The news the Magic made the postseason took a back seat to the team's injury list, which seems to grow by the day. Howard and forward HedoTurkoglu (facial fracture) are sidelined indefinitely. Coach StanVanGundy said before the game he's preparing to play the rest of the regular season and the playoffs without the two players.

AntawnJamison led the Cavaliers with 21 points. DonaldSloan scored a career-high 15.

RAPTORS 102, HAWKS 86: At Atlanta, DeMarDeRozan scored 23 points and the injury-riddled Raptors beat the Hawks for their second straight win over a playoff-bound team.

AlanAnderson, one of three Toronto players whose 10-day contract is about to expire, added 16 points for the Raptors, who were coming off an 84-79 win against Boston on Friday.

Toronto, bound for the NBA's draft lottery, dominated in Atlanta. The other two former D-League players who've recently joined the Raptors contributed as well. BenUzoh, who like Anderson started, and rookie JustinDentmon scored 10 points each.

The Hawks, who routed the Magic 109-81 Friday for their fourth win in five games, never led against the Raptors. JoshSmith scored 12 of his 26 points in the first quarter, but Atlanta allowed Toronto to shoot 55 percent (41 for 74).

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