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NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 31
Recaps of NBA games played Monday
Bradley scores 30, Celtics defeat Hornets 116-104
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Avery Bradley says despite a season of ups and downs, he never stopped believing the Boston Celtics were a playoff team.
If the Celtics continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, Bradley might be right.
Bradley had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-104 on Monday night for an important Eastern Conference victory... Charlotte's Kemba Walker led a furious fourth-quarter comeback that fell short, finishing with 28 points and 12 assists. Gerald Henderson added 17 points for the Hornets, who've dropped four of their last five games.
Lakers outlast Sixers in OT, but endanger chances at draft pick
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Byron Scott still has a lot to learn about Jordan Clarkson.
The Lakers coach is already sure of one thing: Clarkson isn't the type to wilt under pressure.
"He's not afraid of the moment," Scott said. "You've got to like to that." Clarkson scored 26 points and made the tiebreaking basket with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift Los Angeles past the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-111 on Monday night in a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams... Jabari Brown finished with a career-high 22 points for the Lakers (20-53). Wayne Ellington added seven of his 20 points in OT, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers up 111-105 with 1:25 left.
Carroll, Korver lead Hawks to 101-88 win over Bucks
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver was unstoppable for 65 seconds.
The rest of the night, DeMarre Carroll carried the Atlanta Hawks.
Carroll scored 23 points in a dazzling all-around display Monday, leading the Hawks past the Milwaukee Bucks 101-88 and showing the kind of effort the top seed in the Eastern Conference wants over the final two weeks of the regular season.
"We're trying to get our mojo back, get our momentum back going to the playoffs," said Carroll, who made 9 of 13 shots, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked a pair of shots. "We're trying to do something special here." ... Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 18 to lead five Milwaukee players in double figures. Al Horford had 18 points for Atlanta.
DeMar DeRozan's 42 help Raptors extend home reign over Rockets
The AP reports: TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been battling on the basketball court for more than a decade.
It's hard to imagine any of their previous encounters was as entertaining as this one.
DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds as his Raptors beat Harden's Rockets 99-96 on Monday night, Toronto's eighth straight home victory over Houston... Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 for Toronto, while Lou Williams had 13.
Harden scored 31 for the Rockets, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. Houston has not won north of the border since a 114-100 victory on March 16, 2007.
Grizzlies beat Kings 97-83 to end three-game skid
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies were delighted to snap out of their recent losing spell, no matter what opponent they dispatched.
Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and the Grizzlies ended their three-game skid with a 97-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
The Grizzlies moved back into the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race by a half-game over the Houston Rockets, who lost 99-96 at Toronto.
"It's good to win. It makes things a lot easier to digest," said center Marc Gasol, who had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Zach Randolph added 15 points for Memphis, while Courtney Lee scored 10. Kosta Koufos grabbed a season-high 12 boards and Memphis recorded a season-high 11 blocks, including three by Koufos.
Hayward helps Jazz beat Timberwolves 104-84
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- It didn't take very long for Rudy Gobert to exact his revenge after getting dunked on by the NBA's top rookie.
Gobert had 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, including an impressive stop on Andrew Wiggins in the second quarter, and the Utah Jazz beat the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 104-84 on Monday night.
Gordon Hayward scored 22 points for Utah, which earned its second straight win after a four-game losing streak. Reserve Trey Burke had 19, and Trevor Booker finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds... Zach LaVine led Minnesota with 21 points, and Andrew Wiggins scored 17.
Blazers use dominant defeat of Suns to wrap up playoff berth
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- A playoff spot secured, next up for the Portland Trail Blazers is the Northwest Division title.
The Trail Blazers haven't won the division since 2008-09, when they shared it with the Denver Nuggets. Portland's last outright title came in the 1991-92 season.
"I'm not even sure the last time we even won a division title," All-Star guard Damian Lillard said... Lillard scored 19 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points and seven rebounds. The Blazers rested all of their starters in the fourth quarter after building a 92-65 lead. Portland led by as many as 31 points.
NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 30
Recaps of NBA games played Sunday
James Harden's 24 points help Rockets beat Wizards
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- One game after clinching a playoff berth, the Rockets delayed the Wizards' bid to secure their own spot, beating Washington 99-91 Sunday behind James Harden's 24 points.
Houston entered the day third in the Western Conference, a half-game behind No. 2 Memphis. Washington is fifth in the East and still had a chance to end Sunday with a guaranteed place in the postseason, depending on results of later games.
Corey Brewer scored 15 for Houston, including pairing with Pablo Prigioni for consecutive 3-pointers that pushed the lead back up to 85-75 with 8 minutes left after Washington had pulled within four. Houston's Dwight Howard had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes in his third game back from a right knee injury.
Harden only made 7 of 20 shots but went 9 for 10 at the foul line. He added six assists and one into-the-stands block of Bradley Beal's 3-point try with 25 seconds left.
Nets keep up playoff push, beat Lakers for 3rd straight win
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Alan Anderson patrolled the locker room area in a Michigan State hat, screaming "Spartan!" so loudly that his teammates wondered how they could live with him for the next week.
The swingman's college team is thriving again in March, and suddenly so is his pro team.
Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets kept up their playoff push by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 107-99 on Sunday for their third straight victory. Joe Johnson added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who entered play a half-game behind Boston for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics hosted the Los Angeles Clippers later Sunday.Reserve Jordan Hill had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who played without Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer because of upper respiratory infections, while Ed Davis was rested with Hill returning from a three-game absence.
Davis leads Pelicans past sinking Timberwolves 110-88
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis sat on the bench wearing a white, long-sleeve shirt over his Pelicans jersey and a satisfied smile on his face.
It was the fourth quarter, and Davis was getting the type of rest he needed -- and earned.
Davis had 28 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes, then watched New Orleans' reserves close out a comfortable 110-88 victory over the reeling Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday... Omer Asik had 15 points and Eric Gordon 12 for New Orleans, which shot 57.3 percent.
Andrew Wiggins had 20 points and Zach LaVine 17 for the Timberwolves, who were hurt by 21 turnovers that the Pelicans converted into 22 points.
James scores 20 and Cavaliers slip past 76ers 87-86
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers won't get style points for Sunday's 87-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
And that's just fine with LeBron James.
Moving 2 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for second place in the Eastern Conference was all that mattered to James, who led Cleveland with 20 points... Robert Covington scored 19 points to lead Philadelphia, but missed two free throws with 1:07 left that could have put the 76ers ahead.
Noel, who scored a career-high 30 points Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers, sat in front of his locker with his head in his hands for a half hour following the game.
Clippers beat Celtics 119-106 for 7th straight win
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders.
J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 119-106 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive win... Griffin had 21 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which jumped out to a 68-47 halftime lead. DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Matt Barnes scored 18 points.
Boston dropped a half-game behind Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot. The Nets beat the Los Angeles Lakers earlier Sunday.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 19 points. Tyler Zeller had 16, Kelly Olynyk finished with 14 and Brandon Bass scored 13.
Dwyane Wade scores 40 to lift Heat a day after knee procedure
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade was playing a day after having fluid drained from his left knee. Udonis Haslem is dealing with a slew of injuries, including problems with both ankles. An already decimated Miami Heat roster had two more players scratched at halftime.
Somehow, they found a way.
Wade scored 19 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, Haslem set season highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the undermanned Heat enhanced their postseason hopes by beating the Detroit Pistons 109-102 on Sunday night... Andre Drummond had 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who had won four in a row. Reggie Jackson had 31 points and nine assists.
Kawhi Leonard leads charging Spurs over Grizzlies
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 103-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
San Antonio never trailed and won for the 13th time in 16 games to remain sixth in the Western Conference -- 1½ games ahead of Dallas and one game behind the Clippers.
Leonard had 10 points in the fourth and Tony Parker had nine of his 17 in the quarter. Tiago Splitter finished with 15 points and Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 10 apiece.
The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field and had 25 assists in handing the Grizzlies their third straight loss.
Zach Randolph had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Jeff Green had 19 for Memphis, which dropped into a tie with Houston for second in the West.
Pacers get back in playoff chase with 104-99 win over Dallas
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- C.J. Miles scored 28 points and made a key 3-pointer with a minute left to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-99 on Sunday night.
The Pacers won for the second time in nine games to pull even with Boston for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Brooklyn for the final playoff spot.
Chandler Parsons led Dallas with 27 points. The Mavericks have a comfortable lead over Oklahoma City for the No. 7 seed in the West.
Russell Westbrook's 33 help Thunder cap 20-point comeback
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Russell Westbrook had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-97 on Sunday night.
D.J. Augustin scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who snapped a four-game road skid. Steven Adams had 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Dion Waiters scored 18 points.
Oklahoma City pulled away with a dominant fourth quarter and stayed 2 1/2 games ahead of New Orleans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Westbrook was 10 of 29 from the field and 12 of 14 from the foul line while playing 38 minutes.
Markieff Morris scored 24 points for the Suns, who dropped four games behind Oklahoma City. Rookie reserve T.J. Warren had 18 points, and Eric Bledsoe and Marcus Morris scored 15 apiece.
NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Recaps of NBA games played Saturday
Hornets beat Hawks backups 115-100
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets needed a little pick-me-up after a tough -- and potential costly -- double-overtime loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
The Atlanta Hawks seemed happy to oblige.
Kemba Walker scored 21 points and the Hornets beat a Hawks team missing all five starters, 115-100 on Saturday night.
The Hawks gave DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Paul Millsap the night off to rest and Jeff Teague sat out with a sprained ankle, one night after Atlanta clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Gerald Henderson scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, and Mo Williams hit four 3-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak... Kent Bazemore scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Hawks. Mike Muscala had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 17 points and 11 assists as the Hawks lost for the third time in the last four meetings to their Interstate-85 foes.
Knicks battered by Bulls in franchise-worst 60th loss of season
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls did what so many other teams have done against the New York Knicks this season: They made it look easy.
They handed New York its franchise-record 60th loss, too.
Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added 19 points and 12 rebounds and Chicago pounded the Knicks 111-80 Saturday night... Jimmy Butler scored 18 for Chicago.
Mirotic closed out a terrific March with another strong showing, finishing five points shy of his career high. The rookie averaged 20.8 points in 15 games this month.
Warriors clinch top seed, set franchise record for wins
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- The Golden State Warriors achieved two impressive milestones with another double-digit win on the road.
Now, it's a matter of staying healthy and feeling good going into the postseason for the team with the best record in the NBA.
Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory on Saturday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. Klay Thompson added 21 for Golden State, which also set a franchise record with its 60th victory of the season. The Warriors hold a 10-game lead over second-place Memphis in the West with nine games left in the regular season.
Trey Burke's 22 bench points propel Jazz's comeback vs. Thunder
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Trey Burke said the Utah Jazz "felt disrespected" and took former teammate Enes Kanter's critical comments about the organization personally.
Kanter denounced his old team during morning shootaround, but Burke helped the Jazz silence Kanter's new club Saturday night.
Burke scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Jazz to a 94-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder... Westbrook finished with 37 points, six assists and eight rebounds. Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder's lead over ninth-place the New Orleans Pelicans was cut to 2½ games.
Gordon Hayward scored 17, and Rudy Gobert added 13 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.
Trail Blazers beat Nuggets, move closer to division title
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers are beginning to regain their health, and the results are showing as they inch closer to their first division title in six years.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Portland beat the Denver Nuggets 120-114 on Saturday night for its third consecutive victory.
The Blazers increased their Northwest Division lead to 6 1/2 games over second-place Oklahoma City, which lost to Utah 94-89. The Blazers have 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Thunder nine... Afflalo scored 21 points, Batum added 15 and Kaman 14 for the Blazers. Portland shot 56 percent (48 of 85) from the floor.