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NBA roundup: LeBron James leads Heat past Knicks with 38

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Heat 102, Knicks 91

LeBron James scored 38 points, Mario Chalmers added 15 and host Miami survived a 3-point barrage from New York’s J.R. Smith on the way to dealing the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow on Sunday.

Chris Bosh added 14 points and Ray Allen had 12 for the Heat, who are a full game ahead of Indiana and two up in the loss column in the East race.

Smith made a Knicks-record 10 3-pointers, on an NBA-record 22 attempts, and finished with 32 points. Raymond Felton scored 14 for New York and Carmelo Anthony managed only 13, on 4-for-17 shooting.

The Knicks are two games behind Atlanta in the race for the final playoff spot, three in the loss column.

Hawks 107, Pacers 88

Jeff Teague scored 25 points in Atlanta’s rout of reeling Indiana, which was held to a franchise-low 23 points in the first half of an embarrassing performance on its home floor.

The Hawks have won three out of four and extended their lead over the Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference to two full games. The Pacers (53-25) have lost four out of five and fell a full game behind Miami in their quest for the No. 1 seed in the East. Paul George scored 18 points and David West had 17 on a night All-Star center Roy Hibbert did not play the final 30 minutes.

Atlanta jumped to a 9-0 lead, extended the margin to 33-11 after one and 55-23 at the half.

Rockets 130, 
Nuggets 125

James Harden had 32 points and Chandler Parsons scored eight points in overtime to lift Houston over visiting Denver.

Denver led by one in overtime when Houston made three consecutive 3-pointers to make it 130-122 with less than two minutes left. Parsons made the last two and high-fived with fans on the front row as he ran down the court after sinking the second.

The Rockets trailed by eight late in regulation before using a 9-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Harden under heavy pressure from Randy Foye, to tie it at 117 with 7.1 seconds remaining.

Spurs 112, Grizzlies 92

Kawhi Leonard matched his career high with 26 points, Manu Ginobili had a season-high 26 and San Antonio eased past visiting Memphis after losing Tony Parker to injury.

Parker’s status is unknown after he was forced to leave with back spasms early in the first quarter.

The All-Star point guard took a hard fall as he drove the lane, landing squarely on his back near the free-throw line after being fouled by Memphis’ Mike Conley with 7:38 left. Parker remained on the court for about a minute, but rose and continued playing before exiting with 2:41 remaining in the first.

Tim Duncan added 13 points for San Antonio, which bounced back after its franchise-record, 19-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

Clippers 120, Lakers 97

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 points apiece, and the Los Angeles Clippers hung another rout on the Lakers to take three of four games this season from their beleaguered Staples Center co-tenants.

It wasn’t quite the blowout of the Clippers’ previous two wins — 48 points on March 6 and 36 points on Jan. 10 — but they were easily in command as the designated home team.

J.J. Redick added 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacific Division-winning Clippers, who improved to 32-6 at home.

Mavericks 93, Kings 91

Monta Ellis scored eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and visiting Dallas kept its playoff position by beating Sacramento for its third consecutive win.

The Mavericks won for the fourth time in five games to maintain seventh place in the Western Conference.

Rudy Gay had 32 points and tied a career high with eight assists for the Kings, and DeMarcus Cousins added 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Vince Carter scored 17 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting for Dallas.


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