New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter reacts after the Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-83, Sunday night, April 17, 2005 in East Rutherford, N.J. Carter led all scorers with 43 points.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Vince Carter had 43 points, Jason Kidd registered his 67th career triple-double and the New Jersey Nets took control of their playoff destiny with a 104-83 win over Philadelphia on Sunday that prevented the 76ers' from clinching a postseason berth.
Kidd finished with 11 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds as the Nets won for the 13th time in 17 games to move into a tie with eighth-place Cleveland (40-40), a game behind Philadelphia (41-39) in the race for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Each team has two games remaining.
The 76ers, who missed the playoffs last season, can clinch one of the berths with either a win or a Nets' or Cleveland loss. Philadelphia has home games with Milwaukee and Atlanta on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
New Jersey, which holds the tiebreaker with both Cleveland and Philadelphia, can earn a postseason berth with wins at home on Tuesday against Washington and at Boston on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers will play at home against Boston on Tuesday and at Toronto on Wednesday.
Allen Iverson scored 33 for the 76ers.
Pistons 90, Cavaliers 87
AUBURN HILLS, Mich Detroit overcame LeBron James' 37 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to win their 10th straight game.
Cleveland has lost three straight and six of eight, and is in danger of finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference, behind New Jersey and Philadelphia, and out of the playoffs.
The Cavaliers needed a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, but James shot an airball over Tayshaun Prince just before the buzzer from above the key.
Richard Hamilton scored 19 points despite getting five stitches above his left eye late in the third quarter to lead five Pistons in double figures
Celtics 103, Raptors 98
TORONTO Boston celebrated its first Atlantic Division title in 13 years after Paul Pierce scored 25 points to lead the Celtics past Toronto.
The Celtics wrapped up their first division title since Larry Bird's final season in 1991-92 when Philadelphia lost to New Jersey just minutes before Boston finished off the Raptors.
Wizards 106, Bobcats 104
WASHINGTON Antawn Jamison's fortuitous layup with 1.3 seconds remaining gave Washington a comeback victory over Charlotte.
The victory put Washington one game behind Chicago with two games to play in the race for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
SuperSonics 109, Timberwolves 94
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ray Allen scored 34 points and Rashard Lewis added 28 and Seattle eliminated Minnesota from the Western Conference playoff race.
Heat 84, Pacers 80
MIAMI Miami ended a four-game losing streak and beat Indiana for the first time in 12 regular-season game, playing most of the game without the injured Shaquille O'Neal.
Mavericks 114, Lakers 112
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and eight rebounds, Michael Finley added 20 points, and Dallas held off Los Angeles for its seventh straight victory and 14th in 16 games since Avery Johnson took over as head coach.
Hawks 139, Knicks 135
NEW YORK Tyronn Lue scored eight of his 32 points in overtime and Atlanta won the NBA's highest-scoring game this season.
Trail Blazers 100, Jazz 82
PORTLAND, Ore. Ruben Patterson scored 23 points to lead Portland in a battle between lottery-bound teams.
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