Lakers 91, Spurs 86: Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds as host Los Angeles staged a dramatic rally in the fourth quarter for a win in their first game since losing Kobe Bryant. Steve Blake scored 23 for the Lakers (44-37), who lead Utah (42-38) by 11/2 games for the eighth spot in the Western Conference after their seventh win in eight games. Tim Duncan scored 23 for the Spurs, losers of six straight on the road. San Antonio (58-22) is likely to finish second in the West behind Oklahoma City (59-21), which holds the tiebreaker.
Rockets 121, Kings 100: James Harden had 29 points and nine assists and Omer Asik had 10 points and 12 rebounds as host Houston cruised. Jeremy Lin added 15 points for the Rockets, who've won nine of 12 home games heading into the playoffs. The Rockets climbed to sixth place in the Western Conference. They have the same record as Golden State (45-35) but own the tiebreaker.
Nuggets 118, Blazers 109: Andre Iguodala scored 28 and host Denver set an NBA franchise record with their 55th win. But it came at a price -- on the day Ty Lawson (right heel) returned for the first time since March 27, Kenneth Faried sprained his left ankle in the opening minutes. X-rays were negative and he's day to day. The Nuggets moved a game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis for the third seed in the West.
Collins won't return
Though not officially announced, two sources confirmed for The Associated Press that 76ers coach Doug Collins told management he wants to leave following a season that has the Sixers stuck in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Collins led the Sixers to the playoffs in his first two seasons.-- AP