Best of the NBA, April 9

Highlights from around the NBA on April 9, including narrow victories by the Lakers and Grizzlies.

Oklahoma City Thunders' Kevin Durant dunks against Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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Oklahoma City Thunders' Kevin Durant dunks against Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) shoots between New Orleans Hornets power forward Carl Landry, left, and point guard Greivis Vasquez (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) shoots between New Orleans Hornets power forward Carl Landry, left, and point guard Greivis Vasquez (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) goes to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) and forward Rudy Gay (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) goes to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) and forward Rudy Gay (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, right, has a laugh with Glen Davis during a timeout near the end of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Orlando, Fla., Monday, April 9, 2012. The Magic won 119-89. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, right, has a laugh with Glen Davis during a timeout near the end of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Orlando, Fla., Monday, April 9, 2012. The Magic won 119-89. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Orlando Magic center Glen Davis, right, puts up a shot in front of Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko, of Sweden, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Orlando Magic center Glen Davis, right, puts up a shot in front of Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko, of Sweden, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Milwaukee Bucks' Monta Ellis, left, has his shot blocked by Oklahoma City Thunders' Serge Ibaka during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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Milwaukee Bucks' Monta Ellis, left, has his shot blocked by Oklahoma City Thunders' Serge Ibaka during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches from the bench with a cast on his foot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches from the bench with a cast on his foot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) scores over Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 114-90. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) scores over Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 114-90. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) passes around Golden State Warriors' Jeremy Tyler, left, in the first period of their NBA game in Denver on Monday, April 9, 2012.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
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Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) passes around Golden State Warriors' Jeremy Tyler, left, in the first period of their NBA game in Denver on Monday, April 9, 2012.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Toronto Raptors forward Alan Anderson, left, looks to pass around Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Toronto Raptors forward Alan Anderson, left, looks to pass around Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Washington Wizards' Shelvin Mack, front, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Tyrus Thomas, back, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 9, 2012. Washington won 113-85. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Washington Wizards' Shelvin Mack, front, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Tyrus Thomas, back, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 9, 2012. Washington won 113-85. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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