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NBA : Lakers secure seventh straight victory

ROAD SWINGThe Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili each scored 24 points, but Bryant’s two key 3-pointers helped clinch the game for the Lakers 92-83

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Celtics 113, Nuggets 99

At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Kevin Garnett had 20 as Boston clinched a playoff berth with a victory over Denver.

Boston led by 21 points twice in the third quarter before Denver cut the lead to 87-80 going into the fourth, but the Celtics stayed ahead by seven to 16 the rest of the way for their fifth win in six games. Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 11 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds.

In other NBA play, it was:

• 76ers 101, Bucks 86

• Thunder 122, Rockets 104

• Bobcats 108, T’wolves 95

• Jazz 113, Raptors 87

• Pacers 99, Wizards 82

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