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NBA roundup: Pacers win away from top in East

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Pacers 102, Thunder 97

David West scored 21 points and Lance Stephenson had his league-best fifth triple-double of the season, leading host Indiana past Oklahoma City — putting the Pacers one win away from clinching the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

The Pacers (55-26) lead two-time defending champion Miami by a half game with one to play and hold the tiebreaker based on conference record.

Kevin Durant finished with 38 points for Oklahoma City (58-22) on a day it could have locked up the second seed in the West.

Oklahoma City rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, tying the score at 89 with 2:46 to go. But Paul George hit a 3 and Stephenson made one with 34.2 seconds to go to make it 97-91.

Raptors 116, Pistons 107

DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto tied a franchise record for victories with a win over host Detroit.

The Raptors (47-33) had already clinched the Atlantic Division, and the victory over Detroit was their 10th in 14 games. Toronto has reached the 47-win mark for the third time. The Raptors went 47-35 in 2001 and 2007.

Kyle Lowry scored 28 points for Toronto before fouling out with 5:51 remaining.

Andre Drummond had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons in the final home game of their dismal season.

Detroit’s Josh Smith missed a fourth consecutive game with tendinitis in his left knee.

Nets 97, Magic 88

Mirza Teletovic scored a team-high 20 points off the bench, Joe Johnson and Mason Plumlee each added 17 and host Brooklyn beat Orlando.

Deron Williams also had 17 points, five assists and four steals for the Nets, whose victory gave them a two-game lead for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race over the idle Washington Wizards.

Tobias Harris came off the bench to lead the Magic with 18 points, who have lost their last two games.

Trailing 59-55 with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter, Brooklyn went on a 13-0 run, highlighted by five points from Teletovic, to take a 70-59 lead with 3:23 left in the quarter. Ronnie Price then hit a 3-pointer to end Orlando’s scoring drought.

Knicks 100, Bulls 89

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points and host New York, a night after being eliminated from playoff contention, beat Chicago.

No longer with any hopes of their own, the Knicks snapped the Bulls’ seven-game winning streak and dropped them back into a tie with Toronto for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with two to play.

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each had 17 points for the Knicks, who were eliminated Saturday when Atlanta beat Miami, ending New York’s run of three consecutive postseason berths.

A 54-division champion last season, they believed they were built to play deep into the spring, so confident in what they had that Amare Stoudemire said the expectations should have been even higher.

“On paper, we might be the best team in the league,” he said before the game. “We’ve got great players on this team who’ve accomplished so much. We just couldn’t put it together.”


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