NBA roundup: It takes OT, but Lakers down Mavericks

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

KINGS 104, TRAIL BLAZERS 103: At Sacramento, Calif., MarcusThornton scored 20 points and made the winning jumper with 3.4 seconds left, lifting the Kings to a victory over the Trail Blazers.

Thornton hit a 17-footer off an inbound pass before Portland's RaymondFelton missed a desperation shot from halfcourt at the buzzer.

DeMarcusCousins scored 23 points and TyrekeEvans also had 20 for the Kings, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to snap a seven-game skid with only their third win in 15 games. IsaiahThomas had 18 points and eight assists.

WesMatthews made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who made 16 of their 32 3-point attempts. Felton scored 19 points, NicolasBatum had 14, and JJHickson had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

CELTICS 94, BOBCATS 82: At Charlotte, N.C., RajonRondo had 20 points and 16 assists to help the Celtics beat the Bobcats despite playing without three of their star players.

KevinGarnett,PaulPierce and RayAllen were given the night off to rest and did not make the trip to Charlotte, N.C. to face the NBA-worst Bobcats. But the Celtics won anyway as AveryBradley and BrandonBass each scored 22 points.

GregStiemsma started in place of Garnett and had six blocks, tying a career-high.

The loss was the Bobcats' 16th straight, tying a dubious franchise record set earlier this season. GeraldHenderson had 22 points in a losing effort for the Bobcats (7-52). If the Bobcats lose their final seven games this season they will finish with the worst single-season winning percentage in NBA history.

HORNETS 88, GRIZZLIES 75: At New Orleans, EricGordon scored 18 points and the Hornets won for the fourth time in five games, upsetting the playoff-contending Grizzlies.

Saints owner TomBenson attended his first game since Friday's announcement that he had agreed to buy the Hornets from the NBA. He received a standing ovation, and the Hornets kept the applause coming as they pulled away in the fourth quarter from a Grizzlies squad that had won five of its previous six games.

CarlLandry had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while JasonSmith had 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans.

RudyGay scored 24 points for Memphis. MarcGasol added 11 points but sat out the final 7:02 after appearing to hurt his right leg.

NUGGETS 101, ROCKETS 86: At Denver, Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, leading the Nuggets to a win over the Rockets in the opener of a crucial home-and-home set between playoff hopefuls. The teams play again in Houston tonight.

With the win, the Nuggets took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference, a-half game behind Dallas, which lost in overtime to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier Sunday. The teams are clinging to the final two playoff spots in the West, trying to fend off fast-charging Phoenix and Utah.

Ty Lawson also scored 20 points for Denver, which has won five straight at home. Chase Budinger and Luis Scola each scored 19 to lead the Rockets, who lost their third straight game and saw their four-game road winning streak come to an end.

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