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NBA: Spurs Maintain Conference Lead, Edge Grizzlies


In Sunday's National Basketball Association action, the defending champion San Antonio Spurs held on to their slim lead ahead of Dallas for first place in the Western Conference, with an 83-81 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis missed a game-tying shot with six seconds to go as the Spurs completed a four-game season sweep of the Grizzlies.

The Phoenix Suns clinched their Pacific division title for a second year in a row, despite losing 116-114 to the Seattle SuperSonics. The Suns wrapped up the division when the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-83.

New Jersey's Jason Kidd had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the Nets 95-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. It is the 75th time in Kidd's career, and the eighth this season he has posted double digits in all three categories.

Minnesota's Trenton Hassell hit a jump shot with two seconds left to lift the Timberwolves 84-83 over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Pistons, Bobcats, Knicks, Magic and Kings also won Sunday.

The NBA-leading Detroit Pistons embarrassed the Indiana Pacers 98-73, the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Toronto Raptors 94-88, and the New York Knicks knocked off the Boston Celtics 101-86. The Orlando Magic beat the slumping Miami Heat 93-84, and the Sacramento Kings overwhelmed the Houston Rockets 86-77.

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