NBA Recap 26 March Late Games: Spurs survive Nuggets rally for 15th straight win; Pelicans upend Clippers

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Spurs 108, Nuggets 103

Tim Duncan turned back the clock with a big performance in holding off a late Nuggets' charge to capture the Spurs' 15th straight win. 

Duncan 29 points and 15 rebounds, and added five assists. Its just the second time this season the former league MVP has posted a game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spurs led by 20 at halftime, and by as many as 24, but the Nuggets were able to cut it to single digits late thanks to a solid night from Kenneth Faried, who finished with 24 points and 10 boards. 

Aaron Brooks added 25 of the bench for Denver.

With the win, the Spurs increased their lead over Oklahoma City to three games for the top spot in the west, and are just five wins away from capturing the 11th division title in the Tim Duncan-Gregg Popovich era.

Pelicans 98, Clippers 96 

If Chris Paul could have provided anything in terms of scoring, the outcome might have been a little bit different.

The all-star point guard scored just two points, both from his only trip to free throw line, and was 0-of-12 from the floor. Its the most field goal attempts without one made in Paul's career.

Anthony Morrow had a much better night scoring for the Pelicans, with 27 points. Anthony Davis had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the NBA's leading shot blocker added six rejections.

Blake Griffin had 21 points, including a spectacular alley-oop from Chris Paul in the loss. 

Despite the loss, the Clippers remain in the three-spot in the west playoff picture, with just 10 games remaining.

Knicks 107, Kings 99

Carmelo Anthony had 36 points on 12-of-21 from the floor, and J.R. Smith tied a Knicks franchise record with nine threes, as New York cruised to a win over Sacramento. 

Smith had 29 points, his second-highest total of the season.

The Knicks shot 55 percent from the floor and 58 percent from three-point range.

DeMarcus Cousins continued to build on his best season as a pro, with 32 points and 15 rebounds. The fourth-year center out of Kentucky is averaging career highs of 22.3 points 11.8 rebounds, and 49 percent field goal shooting.

Timberwolves 107, Hawks 83

Rookie center Gorgui Dieng continued to impress in the absence of Nikola Pekovic.

Dieng had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota in the win. 

In the six games Pekovic has missed, since injuring his ankle against the Kings nearly teo weeks ago, Dieng is averaging 12.6 points per game and 14 rebounds per game on 59 percent from the field. 

Kevin Love was only needed for 29 minutes and he scored 14 points and grabbed 12 boards.

Mike Scott led the Hawks with 15 points. Atlanta has lost four in a row, and has just a two game lead over the Knicks for the final playoff spot in the east. The two do not meet again in the regular season, and the Hawks wild hold a tiebreaker, having won the season series 3-1.

Grizzlies 91, Jazz 87

Memphis trailed by nine entering the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies outscored the Jazz 29-16 in the final frame to remain in seventh in the western conference standings.

Zach Randolph had 10 of his team-high 22 in the fourth, and Mike Miller had all nine of his points in the fourth to seal the win.

Randolph also had 13 rebounds in the game, for his 42nd double-double of the year, good for fifth in the NBA.

Derrick Favors led the way for Utah, with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Enes Kanter also had a double-double with 11 points and 15 boards.  

New York Knicks
Chris Paul
L.A. Clippers
Atlanta Hawks
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Memphis Grizzlies
Blake Griffin
Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Playoffs
Tim Duncan
Denver Nuggets

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