NBA - Wizards beat Knicks, Nets extend winning streak

The New York Knicks desperately needed a win to keep pace in the playoff race, but the Washington Wizards had other ideas in a last-second 90-89 victory.

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New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) and power forward Drew Gooden (90) scramble for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden (Reuters)

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Wizards 90, Knicks 89

The New York Knicks desperately needed a win to keep pace in the playoff race, but the Washington Wizards had other ideas in a last-second 90-89 victory.

The Wizards (40-36) already clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2008 with a win in its previous game and did all they could to make sure the Knicks (33-44) fell in the standings after briefly holding on to the eighth and final playoff seed after Wednesday night's win.

Washington was led by shooting guard Bradley Beal, who had 28 points, and point guard John Wall, who had 19 points and nine assists, including 11 points and five assists in the first half.

Beal made a 15-foot jumper with 22.9 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Wizards a 90-89 lead.

Carmelo Anthony had a chance for the win in the waning seconds after Beal's basket, but he lost control of the ball, leaving JR Smith to heave a desperation three-pointer at the horn that was off the mark.

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Timberwolves 122, Heat 121 (2OT)

The Minnesota Timberwolves, despite being out of the playoff hunt, battled mightily and snapped the Miami Heat's four-game win streak, earning a 122-121 double-overtime win.

Minnesota forward Corey Brewer, who drew a foul on Heat guard Norris Cole, made one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in double overtime to win the game.

Heat guard Ray Allen missed a shot at the buzzer to end it. Wolves forward Kevin Love had 28 points and 11 rebounds while Heat forward LeBron James finished with 34 points.

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Raptors 102, Pacers 94

Toronto center Jonas Valanciuanas and guard Terrence Ross led the Raptors to a 102-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Ross finished with a team-high 24 points and Valanciunas had 22.

Toronto used a late run to pull away to its fifth victory in six games.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and guard Nando De Colo added 10 off the bench.

The loss stretched Indiana's season-worst road losing streak to six games. Indiana has now lost nine of 11 away from home.

Guard Paul George had game-high 26 points for the Pacers.

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Bobcats 91, Magic 80

Center Al Jefferson had 29 points and 16 rebounds and guard Kemba Walker notched a triple-double as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Orlando Magic 91-80, reducing their magic number to two as they look to clinch a playoff spot for just the second time in franchise history.

The Bobcats (38-38) started pulling away midway through the second quarter and led 53-36 at halftime before pushing the lead to as many as 21 points in the second half.

It marked the first time that the Bobcats have been at .500 since opening the season 5-5 through 10 games. Walker finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

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Nets 116, Pistons 104

Guard Shaun Livingston scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets extended their franchise record home winning streak to 15 games with a 116-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Reserve forward Mirza Teletovic added 20 points for the Nets, who shot 60.5 percent (46-of-76) and made 15-of-31 three-pointers.

Forward Paul Pierce chipped in 17 points for Brooklyn, which has not lost a home game since January 31 against Oklahoma City.

Forward Andre Drummond had his 51st double-double with 23 points and 18 rebounds but it was not enough as the Pistons lost for the 16th time in their last 17 road games.

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Hawks 117, Cavaliers 98

Guard Mike Scott, who had only 16 total points in the last four games, came off the bench to score 26 points and pace the Atlanta Hawks to a 117-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The second-year player from Virginia was nearly perfect from the floor, going 12-for-13, including one three-pointer. It was four points shy of his career high. Scott scored 11 points in the second quarter when he was 5-for-5 from the field.

Atlanta (33-43) got 20 points, 15 in the second half, and 12 assists from guard Jeff Teague, who had his 13th double-double of the season.

Forward Paul Millsap added 16 points and 11 rebounds for his 26th double-double.

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Grizzlies 100, Nuggets 92

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Denver Nuggets 100-92 for an 11th straight home victory.

Memphis (45-31) was coming off a 2-3 road trip and is in a battle with Dallas and Phoenix for the last two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Center Marc Gasol led Memphis with 24 points. Point guard Mike Conley scored 21 and power forward Zach Randolph had his 44th double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds, plus four assists and three blocks.

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Bulls 102, Bucks 90

The Chicago Bulls put seven players in double figures and played just well enough to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 102-90.

Guards Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler led the Bulls (44-32) with 17 points each, while guard D.J. Augustin and forward Carlos Boozer added 14 points each.

Milwaukee owns the league's worst record, but didn't go quietly, trimming a 22-point deficit down to eight in the fourth quarter.

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76ers 111, Celtics 102

Guard Michael Carter-Williams, the odds-on favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, took over in the fourth quarter and led the Philadelphia 76ers to their second win in their last 30 games.

Carter-Williams scored seven straight points for his team and center Henry Sims scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lift the woeful Sixers to a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Carter-Williams finished with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo had 11 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds for his 29th career triple-double.

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