Sport in Short: Basketball

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DRAWS: Men's National Cup Semi-finals: Guildford v Thames; Leicester v Worthing (first leg 26-28 January, second leg 2-4 February). Men's National Trophy semi-finals: Ware or Middlesbrough v Doncaster; Cardiff v Crystal Palace (first leg 6-7 February). Women's National Cup semi-final: Ipswich v Sheffield, Northampton v Milton Keynes (first leg 30-31 January).

NBA: Boston Celtics 100 New York Knicks 97; Houston Rockets 97 Utah Jazz 90; Los Angeles Clippers 104 Milwaukee Bucks 99; Miami Heat 101 Los Angeles Lakers 89.

----------------------------------------------------------------- EASTERN CONFERENCE ----------------------------------------------------------------- Atlantic Division ----------------------------------------------------------------- W L Pct GB New York Knicks 19 12 .613 - New Jersey Nets 18 15 .545 2 Boston Celtics 17 17 .500 3 Orlando Magic 14 14 .500 3 Philadelphia 76ers 11 18 .379 7 Miami Heat 10 21 .323 9 Washington Bullets 10 22 .313 9 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Central Division ----------------------------------------------------------------- W L Pct GB Chicago Bulls 23 10 .697 - Cleveland Cavaliers 20 13 .606 3 Charlotte Hornets 16 14 .533 5 Detroit Pistons 16 15 .516 6 Indiana Pacers 15 17 .469 7 Atlanta Hawks 14 17 .452 8 Milwaukee Bucks 14 18 .438 8 ----------------------------------------------------------------- WESTERN CONFERENCE ----------------------------------------------------------------- Midwest Division ----------------------------------------------------------------- W L Pct GB Utah Jazz 21 10 .678 - San Antonio Spurs 17 13 .567 3 Houston Rockets 15 16 .484 6 Denver Nuggets 8 22 .267 12 Minnesota Timberwolves 6 23 .207 14 Dallas Mavericks 2 26 .071 17 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pacific Division ----------------------------------------------------------------- W L Pct GB Phoenix Suns 23 5 .821 - Seattle SuperSonics 22 8 .733 2 Portland Trail Blazers 20 10 .667 4 Golden State Warriors 18 14 .563 7 Los Angeles Lakers 18 14 .563 7 Los Angeles Clippers 16 17 .485 8 Sacramento Kings 13 17 .433 11 -----------------------------------------------------------------

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