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New York Knicks' J.R. Smith hangs from the rim after dunking the ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Atlanta. New York won 95-82.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
ATLANTA — Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, Raymond Felton had three straight baskets in a key spurt, and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-82 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.
Anthony, coming off a 50-point effort against Miami on Tuesday, scored 24 points in the first half. He shot 17 of 27 from the field.
Felton scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.
Celtics 98, Pistons 93
BOSTON — Jeff Green scored 34 points as Boston clinched a playoff berth by beating Detroit.
Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass scored 17 apiece for the Celtics. The victory, coupled with Philadelphia’s loss to the Bobcats, left Boston 8½ games ahead of the 76ers with eight games to play.
Nets 113, Cavaliers 95
CLEVELAND — Deron Williams scored 24 points and Brooklyn ended an eight-game road trip by crushing Cleveland, giving the Nets a record for road wins in a season.
The Nets shot 83 percent (15 of 18) in the second quarter, when they opened a 30-point lead. Brooklyn’s 21 road wins are the most for the franchise, which moved from New Jersey this season.
Bobcats 88, 76ers 83
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Henderson scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists and five steals, and Charlotte snapped Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak.
Raptors 88, Wizards 78
TORONTO — Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Toronto beat Washington. Valanciunas went 16 of 18 from the free throw line and DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for Toronto, which snapped a two-game slide.
Wolves 107, Bucks 98
MILWAUKEE — Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead Minnesota over Milwaukee. Pekovic made 11 of 14 shots from the field, while Rubio connected on five of his six attempts from 3-point range.
Vote on future of Kings may be delayed
NEW YORK — The future home of the Kings may not be settled this month after all.
With owners facing a difficult choice between a move to Seattle or the team staying put in Sacramento, NBA Commissioner David Stern said the expected vote in two weeks may be delayed.
“We’ve never had a situation like this,” he said.
Auriemma scoffs at idea of Dallas drafting Griner
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma doesn’t think much of Mark Cuban’s notion of drafting Brittney Griner into the NBA.
Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said Tuesday that he would consider drafting Griner, the 6-foot-8 senior standout for Baylor.
“I think it would be a sham,” Auriemma said Wednesday. “The fact that a woman could actually play right now in the NBA and compete successfully against the level of play that they have is absolutely ludicrous.”
Grizzlies sign Dooling
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed free agent Keyon Dooling, luring the veteran guard out of retirement to add more depth for the postseason.
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