Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George scored 27 points, including three on a comically long shot late in the fourth quarter that helped the Indiana Pacers pull away for a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons Wednesday. George was standing near the edge of the Pacers logo at midcourt when he saw the shot clock ticking down the final seconds, so he pulled up and swished the 35-footer to give Indiana a 94-90 lead with a little more than three minutes left. The clock should have reset on a miss by Roy Hibbert that hit the rim, but call it a lucky mistake that worked in Indiana's favor. Brandon Jennings made a 3-pointer at the other end for Detroit, but the Pacers ended the game on a 7-1 run to win for just the second time in their last seven games. David West added 15 points for Indiana and George had 13 rebounds and seven assists. The Pacers remained percentage points behind the Miami Heat for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference. Wednesday marked their first win since they beat Miami 84-83 at home last Wednesday. Josh Smith led Detroit with 24 points and Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each had a double-double. Monroe scored 17 with 16 rebounds and Drummond added 13 points and 14 boards. The Pistons fell to 2-9 in their last 11 games.
Final Score: New York 110, Brooklyn 81
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Another blowout in a game between the Knicks and Nets. This time, New York had its way with its inter-borough rival. J.R. Smith made half of his 12 shots from beyond the arc and scored 24 points, as the Knicks earned a 110-81 win to continue their push for a playoff spot. Smith also had eight rebounds and six assists. Carmelo Anthony totaled 23 points and 10 boards for the Knicks, who moved into a virtual tie with Atlanta for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks tied the Hawks for the final playoff spot after Atlanta lost at home Wednesday to Chicago. The Knicks, who shot 60 percent from the field and have won 12 of their last 15 games, also received 17 points from Tim Hardaway Jr., 13 from Amare Stoudemire and 10 from Iman Shumpert. Joe Johnson had 16 points for the Nets, who clinched a playoff spot with Tuesday's 105-96 victory over the Houston Rockets at Barclays Center. Deron Williams added 12 points and Alan Anderson scored 11 for Brooklyn, which is currently in the fifth position in the East. The Nets had their three-game winning streak broken and lost for just the third time in 10 their last games.
Final Score: Cleveland 119, Orlando 98
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving returned from an eight-game absence and scored 17 points to go with eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-98 drubbing of the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Irving suffered a biceps injury in Cleveland's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on March 16. Dion Waiters poured in a game-high 26 points while Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson donated 20 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who sit two games behind the Hawks and Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points, Doron Lamb added 14 and Tobias Harris finished with 11 for the Magic, who have dropped two straight.
Final Score: Charlotte 123, Philadelphia 93
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson continued his dominating play with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats pounded the Philadelphia 76ers, 123-93, on Wednesday. Anthony Tolliver scored 16 points, Gary Neal added 15 and Gerald Henderson and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 14 points apiece for the Bobcats, who are 4 1/2 games ahead of the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points se`ven rebounds and Henry Sims added 15 points and six boards for the Sixers, who have dropped two straight since snapping their 26-game losing streak on Saturday.
Final Score: Toronto 107, Houston 103
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 29 points and the Toronto Raptors fended off a Rockets rally to down Houston, 107-103, in what turned into a tight battle between playoff teams. Toronto saw a 20- point lead in the second half dwindle to one midway through the fourth quarter, but did just enough down the stretch to upend the Rockets for a seventh straight time at Air Canada Centre. Greivis Vasquez made four of Toronto's 10 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, as did Jonas Valanciunas for the Atlantic Division leaders, who are 2 1/2 games ahead of the second- place Nets. The Rockets have dropped three straight with All-Star center Dwight Howard out of the lineup due to an ankle injury and hold just a one- game advantage over the Portland Trail Blazers for fourth place in the West. James Harden led Houston with 26 points, while Chandler Parsons added 20 in the setback.
Final Score: Washington 118, Boston 92
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards earned their first playoff berth since 2008 after defeating the Boston Celtics, 118-92, on Wednesday. Marcin Gortat tallied 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Bradley Beal added 19 points, while shooting 7-for-8 from the field. Trevor Ariza contributed 18 points and seven boards for the Wizards, who have won three of four. John Wall tallied 13 points and 10 assists. Coming off the bench, Jared Sullinger scored a game-high 25 points and Kelly Olynyk added 14 points for Boston, which has lost 11 of 12. Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green totaled 13 points apiece, with Rondo adding seven rebounds and six assists.
Final Score: Chicago 105, Atlanta 92
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 105-92, on Wednesday night. Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich netted 17 points apiece, while Joakim Noah added 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, who have won five of their last six games. Paul Millsap had 22 points and 11 boards for Atlanta, which has dropped seven of its last eight games and is in a virtual tie with the New York Knicks for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Final Score: Miami 96, Milwaukee 77
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James finished with 17 points and eight assists in just 29 minutes as the Miami Heat led wire-to-wire and cruised to a 96-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, as the Heat easily completed a season- sweep of the Bucks for the first time in nine seasons. James Jones and Toney Douglas added nine points apiece, while Dwyane Wade missed his fourth straight game while dealing with a sore hamstring. The Heat current sit on top of the Eastern Conference standings, leading the Pacers by percentage points with eight games left on the schedule. Indiana has just six tilts remaining. The Pacers lead the season series, 2-1, with one final meeting set for April 11 in Miami. Ramon Sessions paced the Bucks with 19 points, and Zaza Pachulia pulled down 16 boards. Milwaukee has dropped 11 of 12.
Final Score: Minnesota 102, Memphis 88
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love recorded his second triple- double in four games, posting 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 102-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Love, who also had a triple-double against the Lakers last Friday, went 9- of-15 from the field for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game skid. Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio tallied 21 and 14 points, respectively. Minnesota center Ronny Turiaf had 11 points, seven boards and three blocks in his return to the lineup. It was his first game since Feb. 19 due to a bone bruise in his right knee. Marc Gasol ended with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who went 2-3 on a five-game road trip. Courtney Lee and Ed Davis donated 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Final Score: San Antonio 111, Golden State 90
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Chalk up another win for the Spurs and another loss for the Warriors in the Alamo City. Tony Parker scored 18 points as one of six San Antonio players to score in double figures and the Spurs pounded Golden State, 111-90, Wednesday night. The 19 straight wins for the Spurs is well short of last season's 27-game run for the Heat and the Lakers' record of 33 in a row during the 1971-72 campaign. The Spurs broke the franchise mark with their 18th consecutive win following a 103-77 rout over the reeling Indiana Pacers on Monday night. San Antonio's latest victory came on the front part of a tough back-to-back set. The Spurs will play on the road at Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Thunder, led by Kevin Durant's 38 straight games of at least 25 points, sit four games behind the Western Conference- leading Spurs. Tim Duncan registered 15 points and eight rebounds, and Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili each scored 13 for the Spurs. Marco Belinelli had 12 and Kawhi Leonard 11 in the win. Marreese Speights scored 22 and had nine boards for the Warriors, who haven't won at San Antonio since Feb. 14 1997. Golden State has dropped 31 consecutive regular season road games against the Spurs. San Antonio also swept the Warriors in four games this season. It marked the fifth whitewash in the last six campaigns in this series in favor of the Spurs. Stephen Curry was limited to 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also had 10 assists for the visitors.
Final Score: Denver 137, New Orleans 107
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Faried scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets in a 137-107 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Aaron Brooks added 24 points off the bench and Ty Lawson finished with 14 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, who snapped a four-game losing skid. Tyreke Evans had 27 points and eight rebounds and Anthony Morrow finished with 17 points off the bench for the Pelicans, losers in three straight. New Orleans All-Star forward Anthony Davis left in the first half with back spasms. He scored six points and pulled down three boards in 10 1/2 minutes before exiting.
Final Score: LA Clippers 112, Phoenix 108
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul scored 20 points, handed out nine assists and knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer down the stretch as the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 112-108 victory over the playoff-hopeful Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. The Clippers trailed by 17 late in the third quarter yet still came back to win their fourth straight game and clinch the Pacific Division title. Blake Griffin and Darren Collison both netted 23 points and Matt Barnes chipped in with 19 for LA, which doubled up Phoenix, 34-17, in the fourth. The Suns dropped their second straight game despite eight players scoring in double figures. They fell back into a tie with Memphis and Dallas in a race for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. Marcus Morris dropped a team-high 16 points, while Goran Dragic and Gerald Green went for 15 apiece.
Final Score: Sacramento 107, LA Lakers 102
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay had 31 points and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-102, on Wednesday night. Ray McCallum netted 27 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have won two straight on the heels of a three-game slide. Jordan Hill tallied 18 points and 15 boards for Los Angeles, which has dropped four of its last five, and Jodie Meeks scored 21 in the loss.