Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes
each turned in double-doubles as the Philadelphia 76ers cruised past the
Atlanta Hawks, 101-90, at Philips Arena. Turner finished with 24 points and
11 rebounds, Hawes scored 19 and pulled down 12 boards and Young netted 14
to go with 13 rebounds for the 76ers, who kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
Philadelphia trails the Milwaukee Bucks by five games for the final spot in
the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bucks lost on the road to the New York
Knicks Friday night. Josh Smith led five Atlanta players in double figures
with 19 points and Al Horford added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the
Hawks, who hold a 2 1/2- game lead over the Boston Celtics for sixth place in
the East. Boston lost at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday.
Final Score: Cleveland 97, Boston 91
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tristan Thompson posted career-highs of 29
points and 17 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a 10-game losing
streak with a 97-91 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Alonzo Gee
added 16 points and 10 boards for the Cavaliers, who won for the first time
since March 12 against Washington. The Cavs won despite a woeful shooting
performance from Kyrie Irving. He went 4-of-20 from the floor and had 11
points and eight assists. Boston, which got 23 points and nine rebounds from
Jeff Green, is 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for seventh place in the
Eastern Conference. Shavlik Randolph tallied 16 points before fouling out
for the Celtics, who have lost eight of their last 11 games. The Celtics
played without forward Paul Pierce, who sat out due to a sore left ankle.
Kevin Garnett also missed his eighth consecutive game for Boston because
of inflammation in his left ankle.
Final Score: New York 101, Milwaukee 83
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony recorded his third straight
game of 40 or more points, and the New York Knicks earned their 11th
consecutive victory by putting forth a huge second half to register a 101-83
win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. After racking up 50
points at Miami on Tuesday and 40 in a triumph at Atlanta the following
night, Anthony put up 41 on a sizzling 17-of-28 shooting and added a game-
high 14 rebounds. Eighteen of Anthony's points came during a third quarter
in which the Knicks shot 79 percent from the field and outscored the Bucks by
a whopping 42-21 margin. J.R. Smith had a huge night as well for New York,
which hasn't lost since a 93-80 setback at the Los Angeles Clippers on March
17. The Knicks' sixth man came through with 30 points while grabbing 10
rebounds to help his team overcome an early 10-point deficit. Brandon
Jennings led the slumping Bucks, losers in seven of their last nine outings,
with 25 points. J.J. Redick netted 18 points in the setback, with Larry
Sanders scoring nine to go along with 12 rebounds.
Final Score: Miami 89, Charlotte 79
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sitting
once again, Mike Miller stepped up with a season-high 26 points and the Miami
Heat took an 89-79 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. The bulk of
Miller's points came on 3-pointers, converting 7-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Chris Bosh had a well-rounded game with 18 points, eight rebounds and six
assists for Miami, which was without James and Wade for the third straight
game. Ray Allen also missed the contest for the Heat with a sprained ankle.
Rashard Lewis posted 14 points in the triumph. The Bobcats, losers in four
of their last five, were led by Michael Kidd- Gilchrist's 18 points and 14
rebounds. Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson scored 12 and 11 points,
respectively, in the setback.
Final Score: Chicago 87, Orlando 86
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Nate Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the
fourth quarter to lead a late rally that propelled the Chicago Bulls to an
87-86 win over the Orlando Magic at the United Center. Luol Deng also had 19
points for Chicago, which trailed by five with 10 minutes to play before
embarking on an 18-4 run to take an 87-78 lead with 3:51 remaining. The
victory, Chicago's sixth in its last eight games, moved the Bulls within one
game of Brooklyn for the fourth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago now owns sole possession of the No. 5 spot as well after Atlanta lost
to Philadelphia on Friday. Beno Udrih poured in a season-high 27 points
for Orlando, which scored the game's final eight points and had a chance to
go ahead in the closing seconds before eventually being dealt a fourth
straight defeat and 12th setback in 13 outings. Nikola Vucevic finished with
16 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, with Tobias Harris also recording a
double-double of 12 points and 11 boards.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 97, Indiana 75
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - It was too much Kevin Durant and Russell
Westbrook Friday, and the Oklahoma City Thunder moved into a tie with San
Antonio atop the Western Conference. The duo combined for 58 points in the
Thunder's 97-75 rout of the Indiana Pacers. Durant netted 32 of his 34
points over the final three quarters, while Westbrook added 24 points
and nine assists for the Thunder, who downed San Antonio 100-88 on Thursday.
The Thunder dominated the glass and held a 53-31 rebounding margin against the
normally-physical Pacers, who lead the NBA in rebounding. Roy Hibbert
tallied 22 points and eight boards for Indiana, which failed in its attempt
to clinch its first Central Division title in nine years. The Pacers, who
had their five-game winning streak snapped, are 1 1/2 games behind the New
York Knicks for the second seed in the East.
Final Score: Toronto 95, Minnesota 93
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay poured in a game-high 26 points
and DeMar DeRozan added 25 as the Toronto Raptors held on for a 95-93 win over
the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. The Raptors trailed 90-89 with 2:35
left, but DeRozan's 3-point play at the 2:13 mark gave Toronto a two-point
edge. Ricky Rubio then split a pair of free throws, and Gay buried a
turnaround jumper to put the visitors up 94-91 with just over 1 1/2 minutes to
go. Rubio bricked a trey, but Andrei Kirilenko stripped Gay and was
quickly fouled. Kirilenko missed the first try, but knocked down the second to
make it a two-point game with less than a minute remaining. Kyle Lowry
missed a short jumper, but Landry Fields grabbed the rebound and the Raptors
called a quick timeout. Gay dribbled the clock down to five seconds, but
missed a tough turnaround. Dante Cunningham grabbed the rebound and quickly
passed it to Rubio, who drove the length of the court before he was
fouled attempting a layup with 1.7 seconds to play. Rubio knocked down the
first free throw, but his second attempt rimmed out and the Wolves were
forced to foul Amir Johnson with 0.1 seconds showing. Johnson made the first
free throw to put Toronto ahead 95-93, but missed his second attempt. Nikola
Pekovic led Minnesota with 24 points and eight rebounds and Kirilenko scored
20 in the setback.
Final Score: Denver 113, Utah 96
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points and
the Denver Nuggets handled the Utah Jazz with ease, 113-92, on Wednesday.
Kenneth Faried had 19 points and eight rebounds. Evan Fournier and Corey
Brewer scored 18 and 14 points, respectively, off the bench for the Nuggets,
who have won two straight and 17 of their last 19 games. Denver, which has
already clinched a playoff berth, is 3 1/2 games behind the Oklahoma City
Thunder for the second spot in the Western Conference standings. Gordon
Hayward scored 18 points while Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 16 points
apiece, with Jefferson grabbing nine boards, for the Jazz, who had a five-
game winning streak snapped. With the loss, Utah drops to ninth in the
Western Conference standings, one- half game behind Lakers for the eighth and
final spot, with six games left on the schedule.
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