Atlanta Hawks beat Miami Heat, clinch top seed in Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks clinch top seed in NBA's Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in conference playoffs

DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 99-86 home victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

The Hawks wrapped up the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage in the conference playoffs when Brooklyn beat Cleveland.

Paul Millsap had 21 points and Al Horford had 15 for Atlanta, which never trailed despite playing without injured guard Jeff Teague.

Miami, seventh in the East, had won four of six but fell behind early with cold shooting against the Hawks. Dwyane Wade had 13 points after missing one game with a swollen left knee.

Luol Deng led Miami with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Carroll has scored in double figures in seven straight games.

Detroit 111, at Orlando 97: Reggie Jackson scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lift the Pistons. It was the second triple-double for Jackson since he joined the Pistons in a mid-season trade. The Magic placed five starters in double-figures, but lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

at Washington 110, Charlotte 107 (2OT): The Wizards' John Wall scored seven of his game-high 32 points in the second overtime, including a pull-up jumper with 9.9 seconds left. Hornets' Mo Williams and Al Jefferson missed three-pointers in the final seconds. It was Wall's second game in a row with 30-plus points as the Wizards ended a four-game losing streak. Charlotte (30-41), battling for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, has lost eight of 10.

at Brooklyn 106, Cleveland 98: Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points for the Nets, who held the Cavaliers' LeBron James to two baskets in the second half and won for the sixth time in eight games as they chase a playoff berth. Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points for Brooklyn, which ended Cleveland's four-game winning streak. James finished with 24 points and nine assists, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 26 points and Kevin Love had 18 points and seven rebounds.

Boston 96, at New York 92: Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Celtics held off a late rally by the Knicks.

at Houston 120, Minnesota 110: James Harden had 33 points, going six for 12 on three-point attempts, and eight assists as the Rockets clinched a playoff spot. Houston shot 53%, including 20 of 44 from beyond the arc. Andrew Wiggins led with 31 points for the Timberwolves, who played only eight players.

Golden State 107, at Memphis 84: Stephen Curry had 38 points and 10 assists and the Warriors won their 60th game, matching a franchise record. Curry and Thompson were a combined 22 of 39 from the field and converted 14 of 21 from outside the arc as Golden State won its eight straight.

at New Orleans 102, Sacramento 88: Tryeke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists and Anthony Davis had 24 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Pelicans, who stopped a four-game losing streak. DeMarcus Cousins had 39 points and 20 rebounds for the Kings, who saw their four-game winning streak ended.

at San Antonio 94, Dallas 76: The Spurs won at home against Dallas for the ninth straight time. Mavericks' Monta Ellis hurt his knee in the third quarter and didn't return.

at Denver 107, Utah 91: Ty Lawson and Jameer Nelson each scored 18 points as the Nuggets handing the Jazz their fourth straight loss.

Portland 87, at Phoenix 81: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and the Trail Blazers overcame one of their worst shooting performances of the season, rallying from a late eight-point deficit.

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