2012-04-19 / State/National Sports

Celtics clinch division

Celtics 102, Magic 98

BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce had 29 points and a career-high 14 assists and the Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title as they held off a late charge by the Magic.

Knicks 104, Nets 95

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks beat the Nets 104-95.

Heat 96, raptors 72

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 28 points before taking the fourth quarter off, Mike Miller added 13 points and the Heat continued tuning up for the postseason.

Wizards 121, Bucks 112

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan Crawford equaled a seasonhigh with 32 points, and John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists as the Wizards dealt the Bucks a crucial defeat in their attempt for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

76ers 103, Cavaliers 87

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jrue Holiday made five 3-pointers and scored 19 of his 24 points in the third quarter as the 76ers kept their hold on a playoff spot with a win over the Cavaliers.

Grizzlies 103, Hornets 91

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rudy Gay scored 26 points and Mike Conley added 20 as the Grizzlies clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season with a victory over the Hornets.

Bulls 100, Bobcats 68

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Richard Hamilton scored 22 points in just 24 minutes as the Chicago Bulls took a step closer to wrapping up the No. 1 seed in the East Conference playoffs.

Mavericks 117, rockets 110

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks rallied to victory over the Rockets.

Jazz 112, trail Blazers 91

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Devin Harris had 27 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and the Jazz continued to jockey for a playoff spot with a victory over the Blazers.

Clippers 104, Nuggets 98

DENVER (AP) — Kenyon Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Clippers past the Nuggets. thunder 108, Suns 97

PHOENIX (AP) — James Harden scored a career-high 40 points, including making 5 of 8 3-pointers, and the Thunder dealt Phoenix a blow in its scramble to make the playoffs.

Lakers 99, Warriors 87

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Bynum had 31 points and nine rebounds, Pau Gasol recorded a triple-double and the Lakers rebounded from their worst loss of the season.

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