HEAT 102, KNICKS 91
MIAMI • LeBron James scored 38 points, Mario Chalmers added 15 and the Miami Heat survived a 3-point barrage from New York’s J.R. Smith on the way to dealing the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow with a 102-91 victory 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.
Anthony had two points after halftime, while James had 22.
The Knicks (33-45) are two games behind Atlanta in the race for the final playoff spot, three in the loss column.
TRAIL BLAZERS 100, PELICANS 94
PORTLAND, Ore. • LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 18 rebounds and Portland clinched its first playoff appearance in three seasons with the win over New Orleans.
Wesley Matthews added 21 points, Damian Lillard 20 and Nicolas Batum had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Portland (50-28). The Blazers are in fifth place in the Western Conference with four games remaining.
Reserve Anthony Morrow had 17 for New Orleans and Anthony Davis had 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting.
Memphis’ loss to San Antonio earlier in the evening cleared the way for Portland to clinch. It appeared the Trail Blazers might fumble the chance when New Orleans took a 10-point second quarter lead. But the Blazers blew past the Pelicans with a 25-6 third quarter run and never trailed again.
SUNS 122, THUNDER 115
PHOENIX • Kevin Durant scored 38 points, his 41st consecutive game of 25 or more, but Phoenix got 26 points from Goran Dragic and 24 from Gerald Green to beat Oklahoma City.
Durant moved ahead of Michael Jordan with the third-longest such streak in NBA history and longest since Oscar Robertson did it for 46 in a row in the 1963-64 season.
P.J. Tucker scored a career-high 22 points, including a career-best four 3-pointers, for the Suns, who pulled a game ahead of Memphis for the No. 8 playoff spot in the West and took the season series from the Thunder 2-1. Eric Bledsoe added 18 points.
Russell Westbrook had 33 points and eight assists for Oklahoma City.
HAWKS 107, PACERS 88
INDIANAPOLIS • 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.Next Page >
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