Jazz drop Timberwolves, remain alive in Western Conference playoff race

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MINNEAPOLIS — Al Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds to help Utah keep its playoff hopes alive with a 96-80 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Utah's Al Jefferson puts up a shot over Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma. The Jazz stayed a game back of the Lakers for the West's No. 8 seed.  JIM MONE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JIM MONE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Utah's Al Jefferson puts up a shot over Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma. The Jazz stayed a game back of the Lakers for the West's No. 8 seed.

Mo Williams had 15 points and seven assists for the Jazz, who needed a win to avoid being eliminated in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Jazz need to win at Memphis on Wednesday and for the Los Angeles Lakers to lose at home against Houston that night to get into the playoffs. They own the tiebreaker after beating the Lakers two out of three times this season.

THUNDER 104, KINGS 95

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had 21 before getting ejected in the final 3 minutes and the Thunder clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

NUGGETS 112, BUCKS 111

In Milwaukee, Ty Lawson scored 26 points, including a jumper in the lane with 9.3 seconds left, as Denver clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Nuggets can secure the No. 3 seed in the West with one more win or two losses by the Los Angeles Clippers.

BULLS 102, MAGIC 84

In Orlando, Fla., Carlos Boozer scored 22 points, Luol Deng added 18 and Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak and kept alive its hopes of catching of Atlanta for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

GRIZZLIES 103, MAVERICKS 97

In Dallas, Keyon Dooling scored 13 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer before consecutive baskets by Ed Davis, and Memphis kept alive its shot at earning the No. 4 seed in the West.

HEAT 96, CAVALIERS 95

In Cleveland, LeBron James watched from the bench in street clothes as Norris Cole stripped Kyrie Irving of the ball with 2.2 seconds left to give Miami, resting most of its top players for the playoffs, a win over the Cavaliers.

BOBCATS 106, KNICKS 95

In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson scored 27 points, Kemba Walker had 23 points and a career-high 13 assists and the Bobcats defeated a New York team resting most of its starters.

NETS 106, WIZARDS 101

In New York, Andray Blatche led a bevy of Brooklyn bench players with 20 points and 11 rebounds the Nets erased an early 17-point deficit to beat Washington.

PISTONS 109, 76ERS 101

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Detroit beat Philadelphia in the Pistons’ home finale.


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