Nets end Magic's bid for No. 2 seed

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April 12, 2009|By From Sun news services

Vince Carter had 27 points and nine assists, and the New Jersey Nets ended visiting Orlando's bid for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Magic, 103-93, on Saturday night.

The Magic (58-22) might have lost more than the No. 2 seed. Star forward Hedo Turkoglu hurt his left ankle with 6:51 left in the game and had to be helped to the locker room. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Keyon Dooling added 12 points and 10 assists for the Nets (33-47), who played without All-Star guard Devin Harris (shoulder). New Jersey was eliminated from playoff contention last week.

Turkoglu, who was going to get limited minutes in the final two regular-season games, according to coach Stan Van Gundy, had 16 points before being hurt. The Magic lost its second straight and third in four games.

Warriors 118, Jazz 108:: C.J. Watson scored a career-high 38 points, and visiting Golden State used only seven players while beating Utah. Watson made all 16 foul shots and had nine assists and seven rebounds. Golden State (29-51) led by 17 and never let the Jazz (47-33) get closer than five. Utah's Deron Williams had 26 points and 14 assists before leaving in the final minute, holding his ribs.

Bulls 113, Bobcats 106: : Ben Gordon scored 39 points and host Chicago (40-40) hit the .500 mark for the first time since mid-November with a victory over Charlotte (35-45). With the Bulls trailing 93-92 midway through the fourth, John Salmons and Gordon hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the decisive 10-point run and send the Bulls to their 11th win in 14 games.

Pacers 106, Pistons 102: : Danny Granger scored 24 points and host Indiana stalled No. 8 Detroit's bid for a higher playoff seed. The Pacers led by 12 early in the final quarter, but the Pistons (39-41) rallied and took a 102-101 lead on a basket by Richard Hamilton with 56 seconds to go. Indiana (35-42) went back in front on a spinning layup by Jarrett Jack and iced the game with one free throw by Troy Murphy with 16 seconds left and two foul shots by Granger with five seconds to go.

Suns 110, Timberwolves 97:: Grant Hill scored 19 points in 23 minutes to lead the Suns (44-36) past host Minnesota. Hill was 7-for-8 from the field. Sebastian Telfair had 21 points for the Timberwolves (24-56).

Bucks 115, Thunder 98:: Richard Jefferson scored 35 points and host Milwaukee (33-47) ended a four-game skid with a win over Oklahoma City (22-58).

Off the court

Celtics: : Coach Doc Rivers said Kevin Garnett is likely to return only for the final regular-season game against the Wizards. Rivers said Saturday before practice that he won't let Garnett play in back-to-back games after missing 20 of the past 24 games with a strained right knee.

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