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NBA roundup: Bobcats top Wizards, close in on No. 6 seed in East

Associated Press

Bobcats 94, 
Wizards 88, OT

Kemba Walker made the only field goal for either team in overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats won their fifth straight Wednesday night and moved into position for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a over host Washington.

Walker made a 3-pointer and two free throws in the extra session, and Al Jefferson added two free throws to account for all of the Bobcats’ post-regulation scoring. Charlotte went 1 for 7 from the field, while Washington was 0 for 8 and got its only point from a free throw by John Wall with 34 seconds remaining.

Jefferson finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds, and Walker had 17 points and 12 assists, for the Bobcats, who have their longest winning streak since March 2010.

Grizzlies 107, Heat 102

Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 14 rebounds and the host Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive.

LeBron James led the Heat with 37 points, connecting on 14 of 23 shots, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. Rashard Lewis scored 17, and Chris Bosh finished with 13 points.

The loss, coupled with the Indiana Pacers’ win at Milwaukee, dropped the Heat into the second spot in the Eastern Conference.

Mike Conley finished with a team-high 26 points and handed out six assists as Memphis remained one game behind the Phoenix Suns for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Raptors 125, 76ers 114

Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lift host Toronto over Philadelphia, less than three days after he was charged with drunk driving.

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 29 points in his first game back after missing three with a bruised kneecap. Patrick Patterson finished with 17 for the Raptors in their fourth straight win.

DeMar DeRozan added 17 points before leaving the game with a minute to play with a gash over his left eye.

Magic 115, Nets 111

Arron Afflalo scored 25 points, E’Twaun Moore added 17 and the host Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Brooklyn Nets.

Tobias Harris added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jameer Nelson had 14 points and seven assists for Orlando.

Joe Johnson scored 31 points and Mirza Teletovic had 17 as the Nets had a three-game winning streak stopped. Mason Plumlee had 16 points for the Nets, who played without injured starters Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston.

Hawks 105, Celtics 97

Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Kyle Korver added 17 and host Atlanta helped their playoff chances with a win over Boston.

With four games remaining in the regular season, Atlanta increased its lead to two games over the New York Knicks for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Avery Bradley finished with 24 points and Rajon Rondo had 19 points with 12 assists for Boston, which has lost nine straight.

Bulls 102, Timberwolves

D.J. Augustin scored 21 points and Joakim Noah posted his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season, leading the Chicago Bulls over host Minnesota.

Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to move into a tie with Indiana’s Lance Stephenson for the most triple-doubles in the NBA this season. Kirk Hinrich scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and the Bulls hit 11 of 21 3-pointers.

Kevin Love had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Suns 94, Pelicans 88

Gerald Green scored 21 points, and the visiting Phoenix Suns won their third straight game.

Goran Dragic had 20 points and nine assists for the Suns, who are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Eric Bledsoe added 16 points and P.J. Tucker 15 for the Suns, who handed the Pelicans their sixth straight loss.

Rookie center Jeff Withey had a career-high 17 points for the Pelicans, who were without Anthony Davis because of the All-Star forward’s sore back.

Pacers 104, Bucks 102

Chris Copeland’s driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Indiana Pacers a win over host Milwaukee, moving them back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Copeland finished with a season-high 18 points. Luis Scola also recorded a season high with 24 points and Evan Turner added 23 for Indiana.

Nuggets 123, 
Rockets 116

Randy Foye scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, and host Denver hung on to beat Houston.

Kenneth Faried had 23 points and Timofey Mozgov added 22 for the Nuggets.

Jeremy Lin led eight Houston players in double figures with 18 points.


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