The victory was the fourth straight for Utah (38-36), which has the same record as the Lakers but owns the tiebreaker for the eighth Western Conference spot.
New York remains atop the Atlantic Division and stayed a game ahead of the Nets for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Carmelo Anthony says his troublesome right knee is “so-so.”
Amar’e Stoudemire will require knee surgery and will miss approximately six weeks.
He’s not going to go for 42 points every night, but the Nets need Williams to continue to play like the superstar they are paying him to be.
Although Deron Williams vehemently denies it, a report indicates that the star point guard “totally quit on Avery Johnson.”
Mo Williams scored 19 points, Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-90 Tuesday night despite nearly throwing away the victory.
I have the Lakers over the Heat in six games in the NBA Finals. This is my nightmare scenario, but I think the Lakers have a better roster top to bottom. I can’t imagine the Heat will be able to find an answer for Howard down low.
The 27-year-old appeared in all 66 games for the Bulls last season — starting 43 of them — averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per game.
The NBA playoffs serve as a huge reality check for teams, showing them their true weaknesses and where they have to get better if they want to win a title.
With Tim Duncan playing a supporting role, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have carried the Spurs on this great run. The team’s greatest strength might be its depth with a myriad of journeymen vets and D-Leaguers.
Paul Millsap had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Utah Jazz shook off the weariness from their four-overtime loss 24 hours earlier to beat the New Jersey Nets 105-84 on Monday night.
Evans, who got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert, earned 29 percent of 3 million text message votes cast by fans.
Lin electrified Madison Square Garden for a second straight game Monday and is beginning to turn skeptics into believers.
Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 28 points in his first career start, Steve Novak added a season-best 19, and the New York Knicks overcame the absence of Amare Stoudemire and early loss of Carmelo Anthony to beat the Utah Jazz 99-88 on Monday night.