DALLAS Rookie Marquis Daniels continued his recent roll with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, helping the Dallas Mavericks secure the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 110-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
The Mavs finished 36-5 at home, tops in the league and the best in the franchise's 24-year history. However, by going 15-25 on the road, Dallas can't host a playoff series a first for the league's best home team since Utah in 1990-91.
Memphis, which lost its third straight and fifth in six games, trailed by 13 after one quarter and was down at least nine until the final minute.
The Grizzlies will have the sixth seed.
Raptors 87, Pistons 78
TORONTO Donyell Marshall had 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ended Detroit's eight-game winning streak.
Detroit's Ben Wallace became the first player in league history to have four consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Lacey all did it three times.
At 54-28, Detroit finished third in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons won't know who they will face in the playoffs until Wednesday night.
Vince Carter added 19 points for the lottery-bound Raptors, who end their season at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Clippers 98, Suns 96
PHOENIX Chris Wilcox's rebound basket at the buzzer snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' 13-game losing streak.
Wilcox, who scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench, put the Clippers up 96-93 on a tip-in with 16.2 seconds to play.
Shawn Marion sank his fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter with 16.2 seconds left to tie it at 96-96. Quentin Richardson drove the lane but missed, and Wilcox kept the ball alive with several tips inside before getting one to fall.
Elton Brand had 30 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which blew a 15-point second-half lead before pulling it out.
Lakers 109, Warriors 104
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant bounced back from one of the least productive games of his career to score a season-high 45 points.
The victory was just the second in five games following an 11-game winning streak for the Lakers (55-26) and lifted them into a tie for the Pacific Division lead with Sacramento.
Since the Kings hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series 3-1, the Lakers can win the division title only if they win at Portland and the Kings lose at Golden State in the regular-season finales Wednesday night.
Bryant shot 14-of-29 and made 17 of 18 free throws in surpassing his previous season-high by one. He scored seven points in the last 20 seconds, and also had seven rebounds and eight assists.
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