Suns 94, Pelicans 88
Guards Gerald Green and Goran Dragic combined for 41 points and
guard Eric Bledsoe scored all 16 of his points in the second half to
lift the Phoenix Suns to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The victory kept the Suns (47-31) one game ahead of Memphis in the
battle for the West's final playoff spot.
The New Orleans bench accounted for 53 points, led by reserve center
Jeff Withey with a career-high 17 points. But the Pelicans (32-46),
playing without forward Anthony Davis, dropped their sixth straight
Grizzlies 107, Heat 102
Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph, center Marc Gasol and point
guard Mike Conley combined for 71 points, 28 rebounds and 11 assists
as Memphis beat Miami to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Miami forward LeBron James scored a game-high 37 points but the Heat
(53-25) dropped out of first place in the Eastern Conference, a
half-game behind Indiana.
Memphis (46-32) stayed one game behind Phoenix for the eighth and
final spot in the West.
Pacers 104, Bucks 102
Chris Copeland scored a season-high 18 points and dropped in a layup
with 1.2 seconds left, and a team of reserves led the Indiana Pacers
to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak despite playing without all
five of its regular starters, who were rested by coach Frank Vogel.
The victory allowed the Pacers (54-25) to regain a half-game lead
atop the Eastern Conference over Miami, who lost to Memphis.
Hawks 105, Celtics 97
The Atlanta Hawks overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth
quarter to earn a critical win for their playoff push.
Jeff Teague recorded 19 points and eight assists, Kyle Korver added
17 and eighth-place Atlanta pushed their lead to two games over the
idle Knicks with four games to play.
Atlanta (35-43) play the Nets in Brooklyn on Friday, before
returning home against the Miami Heat in a preview of a potential
first-round playoff matchup.
Nuggets 123, Rockets 116
Randy Foye had 30 points and 15 assists, Kenneth Faried scored 22
and the Denver Nuggets never trailed in beating the Houston Rockets.
Denver (34-44) led by 22 early in the fourth but the Rockets rallied
to make it competitive.
Jeremy Lin had 18 points and Chandler Parsons scored 16 for Houston,
which had its three-game winning streak stopped.
The Rockets (52-26), fourth in the Western Conference, are trying to
secure home court in the first round.
Bobcats 94, Wizards 88
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 18 rebounds and Kemba Walker scored
five of his 17 points in overtime as the streaking Charlotte Bobcats
defeated the Washington Wizards for their fifth straight win.
Gary Neal scored 16 points for the Bobcats (40-38), who pulled even
with the Wizards (40-38) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference
despite guard John Wall's triple-double.
Charlotte blew a 20-point lead and needed Jefferson's layup with 3.2
seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Wall finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
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Bulls 102, Timberwolves 87
Chicago forward Joakim Noah delivered his fourth triple-double game
of the season and team mate D.J. Augustin scored 21 points off the
bench to lead the Bulls to a victory over the Minnesota
The victory was the Bulls' sixth in a row.
Noah's 15-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist night kept Chicago (46-32)
firmly entrenched in their fourth-place position in the Eastern
Magic 115, Nets 111
Arron Afflalo scored 25 points, including seven in the last four
minutes, to lead the Orlando Magic to a over the playoff-bound
Joe Johnson had 31 points for the Nets, who were coming off a
dramatic win in Miami on Tuesday night but trailed throughout much
of the game Wednesday.
The Nets (43-35) are firmly fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Cavaliers 122, Pistons 100
Dion Waiters fired in a game-high 22 points and dished out eight
assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory over the Detroit
Cleveland (32-47) had seven players reach double figures in scoring.
Raptors 125, 76ers 114
Kyle Lowry returned from a bruised kneecap to score a game-high 29
points, leading the Toronto Raptors to a win over the Philadelphia
Lowry had missed the previous three games. Toronto (46-32) center
Jonas Valanciunas added a career-high 26 points and grabbed 12
rebounds just two days after he was charged with drunk driving.
Thunder 107, Clippers 101
Russell Westbrook scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished
out six assists, and the Thunder held on for a victory over the
Kevin Durant added 27 points as Oklahoma City (57-21) took a 2
1/2-game lead over the Clippers for the second seed in the Western
Conference playoff race.
Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers
(55-24), who lost for the second time in three games.
Trail Blazers 100, Kings 99
Dorell Wright's three-point shot with 7.6 seconds remaining gave the
Portland Trail Blazers a victory over Sacramento Kings.
Sacramento guard Ray McCallum's 20-foot shot bounced off the front
rim as time expired, sending the Kings to their fourth straight
With the win, the Trail Blazers (51-28) moved two games ahead of
Golden State in the battle for the West's fifth seed.
(Editing by Jahmal Corner
and John O'Brien)
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