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NBA results, April 5

Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats clinched a playoff spot with a 96-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Charlotte is in the postseason for the second time in its 10-year history and the first time since 2010. The Bobcats (39-38) are over .500 for the second time this season and hold seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
This is a significant accomplishment for our group of guys, and it puts us in a different place in the league, coach Steve Clifford said. The guys in the locker room are excited - and they should be - because weve got a good group of guys and a group of guys who are truly deserving.
Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 44 points for host Cleveland.
The Cavaliers (31-47) trail eighth-place Atlanta by 3 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the East.
Gerald Hendersons basket gave Charlotte a 90-89 lead with 1:08 left and the Bobcats made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.Nets 105, 76ers 101:
Kevin Garnett scored 10 points in his first game in more than five weeks for visiting Brooklyn. ... The 37-year-old Garnett had missed 19 games since Feb. 27 because of back spasms. The Nets went 14-5 over that span. ... Garnett was back in the starting lineup and was sharp from the start. He scored on an alley-oop in the first quarter, made his first four shots and had a nasty block on Michael Carter-Williams layup attempt that knocked the rookie guard to the floor. ... Garnett passed Alex English to move into 14th on the NBAs career scoring list. ... Coach Jason Kidd limited Garnetts minutes; he did not play in the fourth quarter. ... Deron Williams had 19 points and Mason Plumlee 16 for the Nets. ... Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 20 points.Bulls 96, Wizards 78:
D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, Joakim Noah had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and visiting Chicago turned a possible first-round playoff preview into a laugher. ... The Bulls have won five straight and are battling the Toronto Raptors for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Augustin has averaged 19.8 points during the winning streak. ... John Wall scored 20 points for Washington, which is in sixth place in the East.Magic 100, Timberwolves 92:
Arron Afflalo scored 18 points and Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless added 17 apiece to lead host Orlando. ... Rookie Victor Oladipo contributed 16 points and six assists to help Orlando snap a three-game losing streak. ... The Timberwolves played without the injured Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic. ... Chase Budinger, starting in place of Martin, left in the first minute with an ankle injury and didnt return.Pistons 115, Celtics 111:
Rodney Stuckey came off the bench to score 26 points and help host Detroit rally. ... The Pistons trailed by as many as 19 points in third quarter and were down 95-85 at the start of the fourth before going on a 15-4 run that gave them their first lead since early in the game. ... Jerryd Bayless tried for a go-ahead shot in the final seconds but his three-point try rimmed out. ... ... Bayless had 25 points and Jeff Green had 22 as the Celtics lost their eighth straight.Raptors 102, Bucks 98:
DeMar DeRozan scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and visiting Toronto kept pace with Chicago for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. ... Milwaukee fell to an NBA-worst 14-63, guaranteeing the teams worst record in its 45-year history.

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Time: 6:47  |  News Code: 395887  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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