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NBA roundup: Bobcats rally to beat Wizards 100-94

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Bobcats 100, Wizards 94

Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson each had a double-double and host Charlotte rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Washington, preventing the Wizards from clinching their first playoff berth since 2008.

Walker finished with 21 points and 10 assists and Jefferson had 19 points and 11 rebounds despite needing seven stitches in the first half to close a gash above his eye.

Spurs 103, Pacers 77

Tony Parker scored 22 points in the Spurs’ franchise-record 18th straight victory, a 103-77 rout of slumping host Indiana.

Boris Diaw added 14 points for the Spurs, who bettered their previous longest winning streak that was set from Feb. 19 through March 31, 1996.

San Antonio took control of the game with first-half runs of 11-0 and 15-0 and didn’t let the Pacers get closer than eight the rest of the way.

Heat 93, Raptors 83

LeBron James scored 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and host Miami moved into the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a win over Toronto.

Chris Andersen scored 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting and Mario Chalmers added 12 for Miami, which was again without Dwyane Wade, Greg Oden and Ray Allen.

The Heat were down 10 midway through the second quarter, and then closed the half on a 22-9 run to take the lead and never trailed again.

Hawks 103, 76ers 95

Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Lou Williams added 22 off the bench, rallying host Atlanta to a victory that denied Philadelphia its first winning streak in nearly three months.

The Hawks, clinging to the final playoff spot in the East, snapped a six-game losing streak and won for only the seventh time in 27 games. They came into the night one game ahead of the New York Knicks.

Williams hit two crucial 3-pointers from the corner in the closing minutes as the Hawks bounced back from an early 14-point deficit.

The 76ers were coming off a victory over Detroit, snapping an NBA record-tying streak of 26 consecutive losses. But they couldn’t win two in a row for the first time since Jan. 4.

Pistons 116, Bucks 111

Greg Monroe had 28 points and 14 rebounds and host Detroit ended a three-game skid with a win over Milwaukee.

Josh Smith scored eight of his 26 points during a 12-0 fourth-quarter run that wiped out a 98-92 Bucks lead and gave the Pistons the lead for good.

Clippers 114, Timberwolves 104

Darren Collison had 28 points and seven assists, and Los Angeles didn’t miss a beat with Blake Griffin out with a back injury in a victory over host Minnesota.

Bulls 94, Celtics 80

Mike Dunleavy had 22 points to lead five Bulls in double figures and host Chicago broke open a close game with 13 straight points at the start of the fourth quarter to beat Boston.

Kings 102, Pelicans 97

DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 14 rebounds, and Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game skid with a victory over host New Orleans.

Knicks 92, Jazz 83

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting, and New York Knicks pulled away for a victory over the host Utah that kept them one game back of the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Grizzlies 94, Nuggets 92

Zach Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Conley added 19 points and Memphis Grizzlies kept pace in the playoff race with a win over host Denver.


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