NBA results and news, April 4
Reserve forward Gerald Green scored 18 of his 32 points in the second half as the Suns rallied from 10 down in the third quarter for a 109-93 victory over the host Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Eric Bledsoe finished with 30 points and Goran Dragic added 19 for the Suns, who denied the Blazers a chance to clinch a Western Conference playoff berth and kept pace with Dallas and Memphis in the chase for the final two postseason spots in the West.
The Mavericks (46-31), who beat the Lakers, are in seventh, 1 1/2 games behind the Warriors, while the Grizzlies, a winner over the Nuggets, are tied with the Suns for eighth, a half game behind Dallas, with six to play. Memphis won its season series with Phoenix.Mavericks 107, Lakers 95:
Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and nine rebounds as visiting Dallas maintained seventh place in the Western Conference and swept their Los Angeles back-to-back following Thursdays win over the Clippers. ... Nowitzki (26,778 points) overtook Dominique Wilkins for 11th place on the NBAs all-time scoring list and moved within 32 of Oscar Robertson.Grizzlies 100, Nuggets 92:
Marc Gasol had 24 points, Mike Conley scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Memphis won its 11th straight at home in a game with poor shooting. ... Zach Randolph added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Rockets 111, Thunder 107:
James Harden scored 39 points, hit 17 of 20 free throws, and added nine rebounds and seven assists as host Houston ended a three-game skid and clinched its second straight playoff berth. ... Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 40th straight game with at least 25 points, the longest streak since Michael Jordan also did it 40 consecutive times in 1986-87. Timberwolves 122, Heat 121:
Corey Brewer hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in the second overtime, and Kevin Love scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead visiting Minnesota to the double-overtime win. ... LeBron James had 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Heat. Mario Chalmers had a season-high 24 points, but twice hit only one of two free throws - both in the waning seconds of regulation and the first overtime. Hawks 117, Cavaliers 98:
Mike Scott ended a scoring slump with 26 points, and host Atlanta, which had lost seven of eight coming in, handed Cleveland a costly setback in its late-season playoff push. ... The Hawks set a season high with 39 first-quarter points and never trailed in regaining the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference from the Knicks. Wizards 90, Knicks 89:
Bradley Beal made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 28 points, and visiting Washington took advantage of nine turnovers by Carmelo Anthony. ... J.R. Smith scored a season-high 32 points for New York but misfired on a potential game-winning three with 2.2 seconds left.Bulls 102, Bucks 90:
Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich had 17 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures, and host Chicago cruised to its fourth straight win to remain tied with Toronto for third in the East.Raptors 102, Pacers 94:
Terrence Ross scored 24 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 22 to lead host Toronto, which scored the games final 10 points to earn its fifth win in six games. ... Indiana has lost seven of its last 10.Nets 116, Pistons 104:
Shaun Livingston scored 23 points, Mirza Teletovic made six three-pointers, and host Brooklyn extended its home win streak to 15. Bobcats 91, Magic 80:
Al Jefferson had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and host Charlotte held on to improve to .500 for the first time since Nov. 23. 76ers 111, Celtics 102:
Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Henry Sims had a career-high 24 points along nine rebounds as visiting Philadelphia won for the second time in four games after losing 26 straight. Jazz 100, Pelicans 96:
Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward each scored 21 points, and host Utah held on to snap a five-game losing streak.Sanders suspended:
Bucks center Larry Sanders will be suspended without pay for five games when he returns from injury for violating the NBAs drug policy. Sanders said in a statement released by the team that he was penalized for using marijuana.Cunningham charged:
Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was charged with one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation after being accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument early Thursday in his suburban Minneapolis home. The 26-year-old remained jailed Friday evening.