Thunder 104, Kings 95
Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had 21 before getting ejected in the final 3 minutes and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the visiting Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
Tyreke Evans, the Kings’ second-leading scorer, did not return after grabbing at his troublesome left knee following a drive to the basket late in the first quarter.
Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80
Al Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds to help Utah keep its playoff hopes alive with a victory over the host Minnesota Timberwolves.
Mo Williams had 15 points and seven assists for the Jazz, who needed a win to avoid being eliminated in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Jazz need to win at Memphis on Wednesday and for the Los Angeles Lakers to lose at home against Houston that night to get into the playoffs. They own the tiebreaker after beating the Lakers two out of three times this season.
Nets 106, Wizards 101
Andray Blatche led a bevy of Brooklyn bench players with 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Nets erased an early 17-point deficit to beat the visiting Washington Wizards.
Kris Humphries, who was the team’s original starting power forward at the beginning of the season before falling out of the rotation, added 20 points and nine boards for Brooklyn. Mirza Teletovic added 14 points and MarShon Brooks chipped in 12 for the Nets.
Bobcats 106, Knicks 95
Gerald Henderson scored 27 points, Kemba Walker had 23 points and a career-high 13 assists and the host Charlotte Bobcats defeated a New York Knicks team playing without Carmelo Anthony and a few others.
The victory was the second straight for the Bobcats, who pulled into a tie with Orlando for the worst record in the league.
Bulls 102, Magics 84
Carlos Boozer scored 22 points, Luol Deng added 18 and the visiting Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over the Orlando Magic.
Tobias Harris led Orlando with 20 points, followed by Nik Vucevic with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Maurice Harkless also chipped in 16 points.
Pistons 109, 76ers 101
Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and the host Detroit Pistons made the most of their home finale by beating the Philadelphia 76ers.
For both teams, the game was overshadowed by uncertainty off the court. Doug Collins is on his way out as Philadelphia’s coach, and Pistons owner Tom Gores remained noncommittal before the game on the status of team President Joe Dumars and coach Lawrence Frank.
Nuggets 112, Bucks 111
Ty Lawson scored 26 points, including a jumper in the lane with 9.3 seconds left, and the visiting Denver Nuggets clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Wilson Chandler added 21 points for the Nuggets, who can secure the No. 3 seed in the West with one more victory or two losses by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Milwaukee lost its season-high fifth game in a row despite 38 points from Monta Ellis.
Grizzlies 103, Mavericks 97
Keyon Dooling scored 13 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer before consecutive baskets by Ed Davis, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to keep alive their chance of hosting a first-round series with a victory over the host Dallas Mavericks.
Jerryd Bayless had 19 points and the Grizzlies’ bench accounted for 64 points — all 35 in the decisive fourth quarter.