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Tuesday

—Marquis Daniels, Mavericks, had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Dallas beat Memphis 110-103 and secure the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

—Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 45 points to lead Los Angeles to a 109-104 win against Golden State.

—Chris Wilcox, Clippers, scored a career-high 24 points, including the winning shot at the buzzer, in a 98-96 win over Phoenix.

FIRST TO FINISH

The Detroit Pistons became the first NBA team to finish its 82-game regular season, downing Toronto 87-78 on Tuesday night. The Pistons had wrapped up the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

NOT SO FAST

The NBA took away Bob Sura's third straight triple-double Tuesday, ruling he shouldn't get credit for one rebound because he intentionally missed a layup and grabbed the miss just before the buzzer. Sura thought he was the first NBA player since Grant Hill in 1997 to have three straight games with double figures in scoring, rebounding and assists. Because Sura wasn't trying to make the shot, the NBA said he shouldn't get credit for a field goal attempted and therefore no rebound.

POWER PISTON

Detroit's Ben Wallace became the first player in league history to have four consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks in Tuesday night's 87-78 loss to Toronto. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Lacey all did it three times. Wallace needed one rebound in the season finale to reach the milestone. He finished with seven rebounds and 15 points.

SPEAKING

"Kobe was bound and determined to show you guys ... so there!" — Lakers coach Phil Jackson, after Kobe Bryant scored 45 points in Tuesday's 109-104 win over Golden State. Bryant scored just eight points in Sunday's loss to Sacramento and had been criticized for his performance by several local columnists.