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F Danny Granger scored 33 points to help Indiana create breathing room from one of its closest competitors for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with the victory. The Pacers moved three games ahead of the Bobcats for eighth. F Kris Humphries had a career-high 23 rebounds and made big plays in overtime. GJordan Farmar’s two free throws with 3.8 seconds left sealed NewJersey’s win. G Lou Williams scored 17 points and F Andre Iguodala and F Thaddeus Young each had 16 to lead Philadelphia past Atlanta. The Sixers moved 2½ games behind the Hawks for fifth place in the East. C Marc Gasol had 11 points and 11 rebounds and F Zach Randolph had 13 and eight to spark Memphis. Gasol stole the ball from GRay Allen and hit a layup with just over a minute left to put Memphis ahead 88-85. After Gasol missed two free throws with 4.6 seconds left, F Paul Pierce missed an off-balance three-pointer. “When you can come on the road and beat a great team like that, and do it on the defensive end, it’s huge for a young, up-andcoming team,” said F Leon Powe, who scored 13. C Dwight Howard had 33 points and 11 rebounds as Orlando won its fourth in a row and sent NewYork tumbling below .500. G Jameer Nelson added 19 points, F Hedo Turkoglu had 16 points and 11 rebounds and F Brandon Bass chipped in 15 points for the Magic, who held F-C Amar’e Stoudemire to his worst game this season and beat the Knicks for the sixth consecutive time. G Marcus Thornton scored 27 points, G Beno Udrih added 25 and Sacramento won, damaging Milwaukee’s playoff hopes. The Kings have won two of three. G Russell Westbrook scored 31 and F Kevin Durant 29 as Oklahoma City pulled away in the second half. Injurydepleted Utah saw F Andrei Kirilenko sit out the second half after bruising a nerve in his left knee. The Jazz fell to .500 for the first time since Nov. 6 and dropped four games behind Memphis for the West’s last playoff spot. G Kevin Martin scored 34 points, C Chuck Hayes got his first career triple-double (14 rebounds, 13 points, 11 assists) and Houston ran its winning streak to five. The Rockets remained two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. G Aaron Brooks had 25 points and eight assists as Phoenix won a day after a triple-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on the road and stayed three games behind Memphis for the West’s last playoff spot. F Al Harrington scored a game-high 27 points off the bench as Denver rallied in the fourth quarter for the win. In a game featuring top rookies, F Blake Griffin had 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as Los Angeles beat Washington and G John Wall (32, five, 10) in double OT.