Bulls win to keep playoff hopes alive
CHICAGO (AP) – The Bulls boosted their playoff hopes by beating the Boston Celtics 101-93 behind Derrick Rose’s career-high 39 points. The Bulls are clinging to the final playoff spot in th East. However, all the attention centered on a report that their top executive pushed their coach during a confrontation following a game last month.
Yahoo! Sports, citing unidentified sources, reported Paxson shoved Del Negro twice in the chest and had to be restrained in a dispute after the March 30 home game against Phoenix over how much Joakim Noah played.
Lakers 106, Kings 100
LOS ANGELES – Pau Gasol had 28 points and eight rebounds, Shannon Brown scored 24 points and Kobe Bryant rested as the Lakers hung on for a 106-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Suns 123, Nuggets 101
PHOENIX – Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points and Steve Nash had 18 points and 10 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter while the Phoenix reserves completed a 123-101 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night that gave the Suns homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Suns can finish no worse than No. 4 in the West and would be No. 3 if they win at Utah on tonight.
Jazz 103, Warriors 94
OAKLAND – Mehmet Okur had 23 points and seven rebounds, Paul Millsap grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz swept the three-game season series against Golden State with a 103-94 win over the Warriors on Tuesday night.