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Hoping for playoffs, Bobcats nip Sixers

PHILADELPHIA — Boris Diaw scored 24 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 100-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Ray Felton added 20 points for the Bobcats, who won for the first time in five road games. With the victory, Charlotte (32-40) inched closer to idle Detroit (34-37) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 10 games remaining.

Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and Thaddeus Young added 20 points for Philadelphia, which trailed by as many as 19 points.

Knicks 103, Hornets 93

NEW YORK — Al Harrington scored 23 points, David Lee added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and New York snapped a six-game losing streak by beating New Orleans.

Chris Duhon ended a long slump with 15 points and Wilson Chandler also scored 15 for the Knicks, who are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot but realistically blew their chances for a spot by matching their longest skid of the season.

Lakers 103, Nets 95

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Pau Gasol had a season-high 36 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

Magic 110, Bucks 94

ORLANDO, Fla. — Rashard Lewis scored 19 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 18 and Orlando beat Milwaukee.

Dwight Howard added 18 points and eight rebounds in another strong defensive effort for Orlando, which held Milwaukee to 39.1 percent shooting. The Magic (54-18) have won five straight and 12 of their last 14 and stayed percentage points ahead of Boston for the Eastern Conference’s second seed.

Raptors 112, Thunder 96

TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Shawn Marion added 20 points and 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Oklahoma City.

Cavaliers 107, Timberwolves 85

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 25 points and Mo Williams added 22, leading Cleveland to its 11th straight win.

Celtics 99, Hawks 93

ATLANTA — Boston rested Kevin Garnett, but showed off its depth as Glen Davis filled in with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics past Atlanta.

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