The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 101-95, Tuesday in a National Basketball Association game that complicates the winners' post-season playoff hopes.
The victory secured the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoffs for the Grizzlies - and a first-round matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, who are fourth in the West with a 60-21 overall record, third-best in the NBA. The Clippers' loss dropped them to the number-six seed, but they will open the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets with a homecourt advantage.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Gilbert Arenas scored 43 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 116-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The win moves the Wizards one game ahead of the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers for the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Michael Redd scored a career-high 43 points for the Bucks, who dropped to the eighth playoff spot.
The Philadelphia 76ers downed the playoff bound New Jersey Nets, 91-88. Philadelphia's victory was marred by controversy involving stars Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, who both failed to show up until just before tipoff. Fines are likely for Iverson and Webber, and they could miss Wednesday's final regular-season game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Andre Iguodala scored a career-high 27 points for the 76ers, while Lamond Murray scored 19 points for the Nets.
Tyrone Nue hit a three-point shot with just over eight seconds remaining in regulation to give the Atlanta Hawks a 103-100 victory over the Miami Heat. The playoff-bound Heat were playing without starters Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade, as well as head coach Pat Riley, who was absent due to a family illness.
The Sacramento Kings beat the Seattle SuperSonics, 111-105. Bonzi Wells scored 23 points and Mike Bibby added 21 more to lead the Kings, who won for the ninth time in 11 games.