Knicks 99, Clippers 93
JR Smith scored 21 points, including a rally-stopping jumper with 31 seconds left, and the host New York Knicks held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night and close in on the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points for the Knicks, but he was on the bench in the final minutes as the Knicks blew nearly all of an 18-point lead against a Clippers team that was fighting desperately for home-court advantage in the first round.
76ers 90, Bucks 85
Evan Turner scored a career-high 29 points and the Philadelphia 76ers got a win while resting some key players for the playoffs, beating the host Milwaukee Bucks.
Jodie Meeks added 27 points for the 76ers, who rested Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young.
Brandon Jennings scored 19 points for the Bucks, who were playing short-handed in their home finale.
The Bucks played only nine players Wednesday — and Jennings was the only regular starter on the court.
Bulls 92, Pacers 87
Kyle Korver scored 20 points to help the Chicago Bulls defeat the host Indiana Pacers and inch closer to claiming the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs.
The Bulls ended the game needing just a win over the Cavaliers today or a loss by the San Antonio Spurs to clinch the top seed.
Carlos Boozer had 16 points and Joakim Noah had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Derrick Rose finished with 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting in 27 minutes.
Lance Stephenson had a career-high 22 points in his first career start for the Pacers, who rested Danny Granger and Leandro Barbosa.
Chicago led 49-36 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field and outrebounding the Pacers 25-16.
Magic 102, Bobcats 95
J.J. Redick had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the host Orlando Magic held off Charlotte, the Bobcats’ 22nd consecutive loss.
Ryan Anderson added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who snapped a three-game losing streak and secured the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference but lost forward Glen Davis to a sprained ankle.
D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 23 points, while Gerald Henderson had 17 and Derrick Brown 16.
Charlotte (7-58) heads into its season finale today needing to beat New York to avoid the worst winning percentage in NBA history.
Nuggets 106, Thunder 101
Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Kenneth Faried added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the host Oklahoma City Thunder to ensure they won’t be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points for the Thunder to extend his lead in the NBA scoring race. Lawson’s free throw with 4:11 remaining put Denver up 96-95, and the Nuggets wouldn’t trail again.
With a win today at Minnesota, Denver would be the No. 6 seed.