Magic 113, Bucks 103
Nik Vucevic had a career-high 30 points and 20 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 30 points and 19 rebounds, and the host Orlando Magic rallied for an overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
The Magic overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, sending it to OT on a 3-pointer by Harris with 1.9 seconds left. Vucevic and Harris combined for nine points in the extra period to help Orlando snap a five-game losing streak.
Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 21 points, and John Henson and Mike Dunleavy each added 17. Henson also had 25 rebounds for Milwaukee, which lost its 14th straight game in Orlando.
Brandon Jennings left early in the first half with a sore left Achilles’ tendon and didn’t return. Fellow starter Larry Sanders also didn’t play in the second half after taking a hard fall.
The Magic came out hot in the extra period and took a 106-99 lead after a corner 3-pointer and layup by Deron Lamb.
Heat 103, Wizards 98
Ray Allen scored 23 points, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench, and the Miami Heat’s B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, clinching the best record in the NBA with a victory over the host Washington Wizards.
With James (right hamstring) and Wade (sprained ankle and bruised knee) looking like two guys sitting at a bus stop, and Chris Bosh at home with flu-like symptoms, plus Udonis Haslem getting the night off because of a sore right ankle, the what-was-left-over of the Heat committed 25 turnovers but still managed the win that assured they’ll finish better than the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs.
A.J. Price tied a career high with 23 points and John Wall had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Wizards.
Hawks 124, 76ers 101
Josh Smith had 28 points and 12 rebounds, John Jenkins added 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks blitzed the host Philadelphia 76ers.
Mike Scott contributed 17, Al Horford had 16 and Jeff Teague 13 for the Hawks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 43-36.
The Hawks pulled into a tie with the Chicago Bulls for fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
Thaddeus Young led the reeling Sixers with 28 points, while Nick Young had 19 off the bench.
Nets 101, Celtics 93
Deron Williams had 29 points and 12 assists to lead Brooklyn over host Boston. Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 20 for Brooklyn.
The Nets moved closer to wrapping up fourth place in the Eastern Conference and clinching homecourt advantage in the first round. Brooklyn owns a 3 ½-game edge over Chicago with four games left to play in the regular season.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points.
Suns 102, Mavericks 91
P.J. Tucker scored 17 points, including two key baskets in the closing minutes, and Phoenix pushed host Dallas to the brink of playoff elimination for the first time since 2000.
The Suns blew a 14-point lead in the second quarter and almost did it again in the fourth before hanging on to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Goran Dragic led the Suns with 21 points and 13 assists, while Luis Scola had 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.