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Spurs Wrap Up Another Division Title

Associated Press
Wednesday, April 13, 2005; Page D12

Manu Ginobili scored 30 points in 34 minutes and Nazr Mohammed added 14 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs clinched the Southwest Division title last night with a 95-89 victory at home over the Portland Trail Blazers.

It's the fourth division title in the past five years for the Spurs. San Antonio won the Midwest Division title before the league realigned prior to this season.


76ers' Allen Iverson, left, chases after the ball that got away from the Celtics' Antoine Walker in the first half. (Rusty Kennedy -- AP)

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Portland has lost 15 of its last 16 games and 21 of its past 23. The Spurs have won five of six games. They are 8-4 without Tim Duncan, who sprained his right ankle and hasn't played since March 20.

Darius Miles led the Trail Blazers with 18 points. The Spurs can tie their franchise-best record (62-20 in 1994-95) if they win their remaining four games.

CELTICS 105, 76ERS 98: Paul Pierce scored 27 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and visiting Boston moved closer to clinching the Atlantic Division title.

Allen Iverson scored 28 points for Philadelphia, which fell three games behind the Celtics with five games left. The 76ers hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Back in the lineup after missing one game with two sprained thumbs, Iverson added 11 assists. Chris Webber, returning after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder, had eight points and seven rebounds.

SUNS 99, HORNETS 85: In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points, including making 15 of 16 free throws, as the Suns dumped New Orleans.

Jim Jackson scored 20 points and Shawn Marion added 18 points and 17 rebounds for Phoenix, which at 59-19 stayed one game ahead of San Antonio for the best record in the NBA.

RAPTORS 105, KNICKS 93: In New York, Rafer Alston banked in a three-pointer to start a 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter that helped Toronto send the Knicks to their 10th loss in 11 games.

• CLIPPERS 94, JAZZ 85: Elton Brand had 25 points and 10 rebounds, leading Los Angeles at home.


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