Takeaways from Saturday Night's Gritty NBA Action

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Takeaways from Saturday Night's Gritty NBA Action
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Saturday's NBA action was full of gritty individual performances and hard-fought team wins.

Kobe Bryant moved past Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list, flirted with a triple-double and fought through nearly 48 painful minutes despite suffering from bone spurs in his ankle. Plus, Dwight Howard looked the best he has all season, and Steve Nash may have finally fallen apart. And that was just one of the games from Saturday's loaded slate.

Around the league, Dirk Nowitzki found his vintage form by drilling a clutch game-winner against the Chicago Bulls, the Clippers slipped up out West and Marc Gasol flexed his muscles against the feisty Minnesota Timberwolves.

In addition, playoff fates shifted up and down the standings. The Atlanta Hawks swooped ahead of the Chicago Bulls, and the Utah Jazz maintained their precarious grip on the eighth spot out West.

Here's a rundown of Saturday's games.

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