Jeff Teague scored 25 points in the Atlanta Hawks’ 107-88 rout Sunday of the reeling Indiana Pacers, who were held to a franchise-low 23 points in the first half of an embarrassing performance on their home court.
The Hawks (34-42) have won three of four and extended their lead over the New York Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference to two games.
The Pacers (53-25) have lost four of five and fell a full game behind Miami in their quest for the No. 1 seed in the East. Paul George scored 18 points and David West had 17 on a night All-Star center Roy Hibbert did not play the final 30 minutes.
Atlanta jumped to a 9-0 lead, extended the margin to 33-11 after one and 55-23 at the half.
at Phoenix 122, Oklahoma City 115: Kevin Durant scored 38 points, his 41st consecutive game of 25 or more, but the Suns won behind 26 points from Goran Dragic and 24 from Gerald Green.
at Miami 102, New York 91: LeBron James scored 38 points, Mario Chalmers added 15 and the Heat survived a three-point barrage from J.R. Smith to deal the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow. Smith made a New York-record 10 three-pointers, on an NBA-record 22 attempts, and finished with 32 points.
at Portland 100, New Orleans 94: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 18 rebounds and the Trail Blazers clinched their first playoff appearance in three seasons.
at San Antonio 112, Memphis 92: Kawhi Leonard matched his career high with 26 points and Manu Ginobili had a season-high 26 for the Spurs, who lost Tony Parker early in the first quarter to back spasms after he took a hard fall on a drive.
at Houston 130, Denver 125 (OT): James Harden had 32 points and Chandler Parsons scored eight points in overtime for the Rockets.
at Golden State 130, Utah 102: Klay Thompson scored 33 points and Stephen Curry added 31 points and 16 assists for the Warriors, who moved 19 games above .500 for the first time in 20 years.
Dallas 93, at Sacramento 91: Monta Ellis scored eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks maintained seventh place in the Western Conference with their third win in a row.