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  • Mavericks 92, Knicks 77: No one is surprised the Knicks lost this game to the 55-11 Mavericks, but the effort wasn't there again. Eddy Curry can take the accolades for a 22-point night, yet he made only four of 12 free throws. Even with a roster banged up enough to require Malik Rose to play 12 minutes, this effort didn't impress anyone. Most teams try to rise to the occasion when the league's best comes into their house. Not the Knicks on Tuesday.

  • Nuggets 94, Nets 90: Remember that game in Denver that the Nets won on a buzzer-beating three by Vince Carter? They tried to replicate more late-game magic against the Nuggets, but to no avail. This time Carter missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it after travelling the possession before. That's the last Western Conference foe for the Nets, who finished 10-20 against the other half.

  • Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1: Even when the Devils don't play the Rangers, they still manage to inflict some harm. A New Jersey win aganist Toronto would have helped New York, which is locked in a battle against the Leafs for playoff positioning. New Jersey is biding its time waiting for the second season, but, given its success against its cross-river rivals, wouldn't mind playing the Rangers in the first round. This loss makes it slightly more likely the Rangers won't make it.

  • Lightning 4, Islanders 3 (OT): This result hurt the Rangers, too. Instead of one team taking two points, the two clubs playing split three unevenly. That means the Lightning got to move further ahead of the Rangers in the seeding race, but the Islanders still got a point to keep nipping at their same-state rivals' heels. A breakdown in overtime cost the Islanders a chance to settle this one in a shootout.