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Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams, center, is guarded heavily by Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver, left, Dennis Schroder, center, and Pero Antic, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 31, 2014, in Atlanta. Atlanta defeated Philadelphia 103-95. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)
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First Published Apr 01 2014 10:13 am • Last Updated Apr 01 2014 11:27 pm


INDIANAPOLIS • Tony Parker scored 22 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ franchise-record 18th straight victory, a 103-77 rout of the slumping Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

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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.

Paul George scored 16 points for the Pacers, who have lost six of seven and their once seemingly safe three-game lead over Miami for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

While the Spurs (58-16) can’t seem to lose right now, Indiana (52-23), which had the best record in the Eastern Conference since opening night, finished March with an 8-9 record.


MIAMI • LeBron James scored 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and Miami moved into the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a victory 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.

Miami (51-22, .699) moved percentage points ahead of Indiana (52-23, .693), which lost at home earlier Monday night to San Antonio. It’s the first time all season that Miami has been alone atop the East.

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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.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. • Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson each had a double-double and Charlotte rallied from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat 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 right eye.

The Wizards came in looking to snap the third-longest playoff drought in the NBA, and led by 16 at the half and 11 with 9:13 left in the game.

But Walker scored nine points in the final quarter, helping the Bobcats pull within two games of Washington in the race for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

HAWKS 103, 76ERS 95

ATLANTA • Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Lou Williams added 22 off the bench, rallying 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.

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