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Bulls beat Magic for 5th straight win

Kirk Hinrich had 26 points and 10 assists and Andres Nocioni scored 24 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Magic, 116-112, in overtime last night in Orlando, Fla.

Chicago has won five straight and with a little bit of help can move up to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls (40-41) are tied for sixth with Indiana and Milwaukee, a half-game behind Washington. Chicago hosts Toronto tomorrow night in its regular season finale.

Hinrich was 17 for 22 from the line, but missed several free throws in the end of regulation. However, he hit five straight to extend Chicago's overtime lead to 108-102 with 44.1 seconds left.

Hedo Turkoglu had 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in overtime, and nine rebounds.

Bucks 113, Pistons 93 -- Michael Redd and Bobby Simmons each scored 19 points and host Milwaukee beat Detroit as the Pistons rested two of their top three scorers.

The victory temporarily vaulted the Bucks into the No. 6 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, and gives them a shot at the fifth seed in their regular-season finale at Washington tonight.

Milwaukee entered the game with the same record as Indiana and Chicago. Both of the Bucks' rivals won, but the Bucks hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over each of them.

Rockets 86, Nuggets 83 -- Juwan Howard scored a season-high 31 points and visiting Houston handed playoff-bound Denver its third straight loss by scoring the final 11 points.

Chuck Hayes had a steal and dunk for the go-ahead score with 13.4 seconds left as the Rockets won for only the second time in nine games.

Spurs 115, Jazz 82 -- Manu Ginobili scored 18 points and Tim Duncan added 16 to help host San Antonio clinch the Southwest Division title and the best record in the Western Conference.

Bobcats 98, Knicks 91 -- Raymond Felton had 16 points and a season-high 14 assists to lead visiting Charlotte past New York. The Knicks tied a franchise record with their 59th loss.

Pacers 120, Raptors 95 -- Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and visiting Indiana ended a nine-game road losing streak.

Suns 115, Hornets 79 -- Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points and host Phoenix set a season high with 20 3-pointers.

Warriors 93, Trail Blazers 79 -- Mike Dunleavy scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to help host Golden State win its fourth straight game.

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