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NBA results and news, April 3

John Wall will soon be making his playoff debut, and the Wizards will be there for the first time since 2008, having clinched an Eastern Conference berth Wednesday night with a 118-92 win over the visiting Celtics.
Its everything Ive been waiting for, said Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft who had 13 points and 10 assists on Wednesday, ... But also I think the fans deserve it. I mean, the tough times theyve been through, booing us and us feeling bad when were not playing good or playing the right way.
The Wizards clinching was a milestone worth noting for a franchise whose win totals since their last postseason appearance have been 19, 26, 23, 20 and 29 - never finishing better than 24 games below .500. Bulls 105, Hawks 92:
D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and visiting Chicago bumped slumping Atlanta out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two weeks left in the season. ... The Hawks lost for the 21st time in 28 games, this one dropping them slightly behind New York for the eighth playoff seed.Knicks 110, Nets 81:
J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and host New York won for the 12th time in 15 games to extend its late-season playoff push and move into eighth place in the East by percentage points. Cavaliers 119, Magic 98:
Dion Waiters scored 26 points, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each, and visiting Cleveland welcomed Kyrie Irving back into the fold after missing eight games with strained left biceps. ... Irving finished with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Cavs, who have won five of six and are two games behind the eighth-place Knicks.Kings 107, Lakers 102:
Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum had 27 points while again subbing for injured Isaiah Thomas, and host Sacramento avoided a series sweep.Raptors 107, Rockets 103:
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, and Toronto won its seventh straight over Houston at home. Clippers 112, Suns 108:
Darren Collison and Blake Griffin scored 23 points apiece and visiting Los Angeles rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to drop Phoenix into a three-way tie for seventh in the West. Timberwolves 102, Grizzlies 88:
Kevin Love had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double, and host Minnesota frustrated Memphis, which is shooting for one of the final two West playoff spots.Heat 96, Bucks 77:
LeBron James scored 17 points, Chris Bosh added 15 and host Miami never trailed to stay atop the Eastern Conference.Nuggets 137, Pelicans 107:
Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 34 points and added 13 rebounds, and host Denver made 15 of 27 three-pointers while setting a season high for points. Pacers 101, Pistons 94:
Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points, and host Indiana snapped a three-game skid. Bobcats 123, 76ers 93:
Al Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and visiting Charlotte moved three wins away from their first playoff berth since 2010.
The iron man of NBA officials
NBA referee Dick Bavetta, 74, worked his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment, an iron-man streak even longer than the one baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. compiled.
Bavetta worked the game between the Knicks and Nets at Madison Square Garden, where he began his career in 1975, extending a streak during which he has never missed an assignment. He chalked up his streak to good health, a dedication he said all officials shared, and a fear of inconveniencing someone else.
Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games with Baltimore, shattering Lou Gehrigs record of 2,130.
Associated Press

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