Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Carter-Williams tallied 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and six assists to help the Philadelphia 76ers outlast the Boston Celtics, 113-108, on Monday. The Celtics had possession trailing 111-108 with 15.3 left to play. Rajon Rondo dribbled the clock down and dished to Chris Johnson for what appeared to be a game-tying 3- pointer with less than a second remaining. The basket was nullified, however, when officials ruled that Johnson had a foot out-of-bounds, helping the Sixers hold on for the victory. Tony Wroten scored 20 and Thaddeus Young added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game skid in its final home contest of the season. Henry Sims contributed 13 points and Brandon Davies and Elliot Williams had 11 and 10 points, respectively off the bench. Kelly Olynyk poured in a career-high 28 points and grabbed nine boards, Jeff Green netted 27 points and Avery Bradley added 23 for the Celtics, who have lost 15 of 18. Rondo totaled eight points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: Toronto 110, Milwaukee 100
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors set a franchise record for wins in a season with a 110-100 victory over the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks. Greivis Vasquez made five 3-pointers en route to 25 points for the Atlantic Division-champion Raptors (48-33), who remained tied with the Bulls for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago beat Orlando on Monday. Kyle Lowry added 24 points for Toronto, which has scored 100 or more points in seven straight games. Jonas Valanciunas tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds and Tyler Hansbrough donated 12 points and 11 boards. The Raptors went 4-0 against Milwaukee this season to record their first season sweep of the Bucks in franchise history. Ramon Sessions ended with 21 points and five assists for the Bucks, who have lost 14 in a row on the road. Jeff Adrien and Brandon Knight added 19 and 18 points, respectively, with Adrien also pulling down nine rebounds. Milwaukee (15-66) will finish with the worst record in the NBA.
Final Score: Washington 114, Miami 93
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Ariza netted a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Washington Wizards rolled to a 114-93 victory over the depleted Miami Heat at Verizon Center. Miami, which rested both reigning NBA MVP LeBron James as well as All-Star center Chris Bosh in its second-to- last game prior to the playoffs, surrendered the Eastern Conference's top seed to the Indiana Pacers with its fourth loss in five outings. The Heat allowed the Wizards to shoot a robust 59 percent from the field and go 14-of-29 from 3-point range, with Ariza knocking down 5-of-8 trey attempts and Al Harrington hitting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in a 16-point effort off the bench. Bradley Beal contributed 15 points to Washington's third consecutive win, with Marcin Gortat posting a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Beasley paced the shorthanded Heat with 18 points and Toney Douglas scored 14 in defeat. Dwyane Wade, playing for the second time since returning from a nine- game absence caused by an injured hamstring, had just nine points in 18 minutes.
Final Score: Charlotte 95, Atlanta 93
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Douglas-Roberts' floater at the buzzer lifted the Charlotte Bobcats to a 95-93 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Douglas-Roberts took an inbound feed from Josh McRoberts at the top of the key, drove inside the paint and floated the shot in as the buzzer sounded. With the win, the Bobcats remain in the hunt for the Eastern Conference's No. 6 seed. Charlotte trails Washington by one game for the sixth spot as each team wraps up its respective season on Wednesday. The Bobcats host the Chicago Bulls and the Wizards travel to Boston for a matchup with the Celtics. Charlotte holds the tiebreaker over the Wizards because of their 3-1 record in the season series. Al Jefferson scored 27 points with 15 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped an 11-game losing streak to Atlanta. Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour contributed 17 and 10 points, respectively, in the win. Charlotte's Kemba Walker, who returned from a two-game absence with a groin injury, scored just five points with seven assists on 1-for-9 shooting.
Final Score: New Orleans 101, Oklahoma City 89
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyreke Evans stuffed the stat sheet, pouring in 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the New Orleans Pelicans' surprising 101-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Evans shot 14-of-26 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free throw line for New Orleans, which had lost eight straight games. Luke Babbitt donated 12 points off the bench while Darius Miller and Alexis Ajinca had 10 points apiece. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka scored 25 and 22 points, respectively, in the setback, while the other three Thunder starters combined for just eight points on 3-for-17 shooting. With the playoffs approaching, Russell Westbrook took the game off to rest his surgically repaired knee. Oklahoma City has now blown two opportunities to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference following Sunday's loss to Indiana. The Thunder need a win Wednesday against Detroit or a Clippers' loss in either of their final two games to lock up the two-seed.
Final Score: Chicago 108, Orlando 95
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Dunleavy poured in 22 points while shooting 8-for-11 from the field to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 108-95 victory over the Orlando Magic. Joakim Noah tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Jimmer Fredette added 17 points for the Bulls, who have won 10 of 12. Carlos Boozer and Tony Snell had 13 points apiece, with Boozer adding 12 boards and five assists. Jimmy Butler contributed 12 points for Chicago, which is tied with the Toronto Raptors for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race with one game left for each team. Kyle O'Quinn totaled 20 points and seven rebounds and Andrew Nicholson scored 19 points for the Magic, who have lost three straight and six of eight. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss.
Final Score: Houston 104, San Antonio 98
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Chandler Parsons tallied 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Houston Rockets, who secured home-court advantage for their first-round playoff series with a 104-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Dwight Howard added 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting while pulling down 17 rebounds to help Houston complete a season sweep of the NBA- best Spurs and clinch the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets will take on Portland in the quarterfinals. Terrence Jones finished with 20 points and 11 boards in the win, with James Harden netting 16 points along with seven assists despite a 4-of-16 performance from the field. Having already sewn up the league's best record for the regular season, the Spurs did send out their "Big Three" of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but rested several other key players. Marco Belinelli paced San Antonio with 17 points, with Duncan posting 12 points and nine rebounds and Jeff Ayres also recording 12 points while coming off the bench.
Final Score: LA Lakers 119, Utah 104
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Young scored 41 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz by a 119-104 margin on Monday. Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill added 23 and 21 points, respectively, for the Lakers, who snapped a seven-game skid. Wesley Johnson and Robert Sacre each had 12 points. Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward ended with 22 and 21 points, respectively, for the Jazz, who have dropped five straight. Enes Kanter tallied 19 points and 12 boards.
Final Score: Memphis 97, Phoenix 91
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph and Mike Miller both netted season highs with 32 and 21 points, respectively, and the Memphis Grizzlies clinched a postseason berth with a 97-91 win over the Suns, eliminating Phoenix from playoff contention. The fourth quarter certainly had a playoff atmosphere. Both teams, desperate for a win, traded blows with big shot after big shot down the stretch while the refs let them play. With the Grizzlies holding a one-point lead with just over two minutes to play, Eric Bledsoe and Mike Conley traded pull-up jumpers, Miles Plumlee tipped in Bledsoe's missed layup and Conley hit a 3-pointer to put Memphis in front, 93-91, with 1:08 remaining. Goran Dragic then got caught in the air on the game's decisive possession and threw the ball away, leading to Randolph's transition layup. Until then, the entire fourth quarter was played as a one- possession game. Dragic then found himself wide open in the corner but airballed a 3-point attempt with 25.9 seconds to play that would have pulled Phoenix within one. The Grizzlies made just 2-of-6 from the stripe in the final minute, but the Suns failed to capitalize. There were 22 lead changes overall, with 14 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Memphis hosts Dallas on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams. The winner of that clash will be the seventh-seed in the West, while the loser will be the eighth-seed and play the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs in the opening round. Marc Gasol finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Conley scored 14 with seven assists in the Grizzlies' fourth straight win.
Final Score: Golden State 130, Minnesota 120
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Curry scored 32 points with 15 assists and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 130-120, on Monday. Golden State moved one game clear of Dallas and Memphis for the sixth seed in the Western Conference with one game to play. The Warriors, however, can't finish any worse than seventh or any higher than sixth David Lee tallied 25 points with nine rebounds, Draymond Green had 20 points with 12 rebounds and Klay Thompson also added 20 points for the Warriors. Kevin Love scored 22 of his 40 points in the first quarter while recording 14 rebounds and nine assists for the Wolves, who have lost two straight and three of their last four. Corey Brewer netted 22 points and Gorgui Dieng deposited 14 points with 11 rebounds in the setback. Ricky Rubio added 15 points with eight assists for Minnesota.