Nets 117, Pacers 109
Deron Williams scored 33 points and the Brooklyn Nets secured home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a victory over the host Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each had 24 points for the Nets (47-32), who have won four of their last five games.
David West had 26 points and nine rebounds, and Paul George had 21 for the Pacers (49-30), who have lost three out of four.
The Nets are guaranteed the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and pulled within two games of the Pacers for No. 3.
The Pacers took their only lead of the game when Lance Stephenson hit a 3-pointer with 5 minutes to go, but the Pacers couldn’t hold on.
Jerry Stackhouse tied the game from the free-throw line and the Nets took a 104-101 lead when Johnson hit a 3-pointer.
George hit a 3-pointer of his own to tie it again and Stackhouse hit a 3 to make it 107-104 with 2:56 left.
Heat 109, Celtics 101
LeBron James scored 20 points in 29 minutes, Rashard Lewis added 19 on a huge night for the Miami reserves and the host Heat tied the franchise record for home wins in a season. Dwyane Wade, back after missing six games with bone bruises around his right kneecap, scored 11 in 34 minutes for Miami, which won its 35th home game.
Raptors 97, Bulls 88
Amir Johnson had 24 points and nine rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 23 points and the host Toronto Raptors earned their second straight win over Chicago. Kyle Lowry had 13 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points for the Raptors. Chicago’s Carlos Boozer fouled out with 19 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes. Bulls guard Richard Hamilton was ejected with 5:33 left in the third after being called for a flagrant foul for intentionally colliding with DeRozan and attempting to punch him in the face.
76ers 97, Wizards 86
Jrue Holiday scored 22 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers found enough motivation to put the host Washington Wizards’ pursuit of ninth place to rest for good, pulling away in the second half for the win. Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 13 points for the 76ers, who had played two stinkers since being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
Hawks 109, Bucks 104
Jeff Teague and Josh Smith each scored 24 points and the host Atlanta Hawks used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead after trailing by 19 early in the second half. Monta Ellis led Milwaukee with 27 points and 17 assists, and Ersan Ilyasova scored 25 points while shooting 6 for 8 on 3-pointers.
Pistons 113, Bobcats 93
Jonas Jerebko scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, and the host Detroit Pistons routed the Charlotte Bobcats behind terrific outside shooting. Detroit went 12-of-18 from 3-point range, with Brandon Knight making all three of his attempts. Knight scored 19 points. Kemba Walker scored 24 in the first half for the Bobcats but finished with only 28.
Jazz 107, Timberwolves 100
Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, including a clutch jumper with 39 seconds left, to power host Utah past Minnesota. The victory kept the pressure on the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Jefferson scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the third to turn a seven-point deficit into an 82-81 lead entering the fourth. His 14-footer as the shot clock expired gave Utah a 101-98 lead with 39 seconds remaining.
Spurs 108, Kings 101
Tony Parker had 22 points and 10 assists for host San Antonio. Tim Duncan added 18 points, Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and Tiago Splitter and Danny Green had 12 apiece as seven players scored in double figures for San Antonio (58-21).
Grizzlies 82, Rockets 78
Marc Gasol had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Memphis snapped a 13-game losing streak in Houston. Zach Randolph scored 15 points and Jerryd Bayless had 13 for the Grizzlies, who won in Houston for the first time since April 2006. James Harden scored 30 points, but missed a potential game-tying jumper from near the top of the key just before the buzzer.
Clippers 96, Hornets 93
Blake Griffin scored 20 points, Chris Paul made clutch plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute, and Los Angeles overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat host New Orleans. Matt Barnes scored 16 points, scoring three times during a critical stretch for the Clippers, who would have seen their hopes of remaining a top-four playoff seed in the Western Conference take a hit with a loss.
Mavericks 108, Nuggets 105
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, O.J. Mayo hit tie-breaking 3-pointers late in regulation and overtime, and the host Dallas Mavericks denied Denver a franchise record in wins. Mayo’s shot in regulation could have won the game, but his turnover in the final seconds led to a tying layup by Corey Brewer.