Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points each Saturday night to help the Atlanta Hawks match a franchise record with their 57th win, a 131-99 rout of the Brooklyn Nets in Atlanta.
However, the Hawks lost forward Paul Millsap to a right shoulder injury in a collision with Brooklyn’s Earl Clark with 1:52 left in the first half. There was no foul called on the play, which left Millsap sprawled on the floor. He grimaced as he held his shoulder while walking off the court, and did not return.
Jeff Teague added had 17 points as Atlanta never trailed while ending the Nets’ season-best six-game winning streak. The Hawks looked fresh after three off days. The Nets, coming off Friday night’s win over Toronto, couldn’t match the Hawks’ energy.
Golden State 123, at Dallas 110: Klay Thompson scored 21 points and the Warriors clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with their 12th straight victory. Golden State (63-13) need one more victory to assure finishing with the best record in the NBA for the first time since 1975-76. They hold the tiebreaker with Eastern Conference leader Atlanta for the top overall seed and would have the home-court edge should both teams reach the NBA Finals.
Boston 117, at Toronto 116 (OT): Marcus Smart hit a buzzer-beating layup in overtime to give the Celtics a victory that moved them back into eighth place in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, half a game ahead of Miami, which lost at Detroit. DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points for the Raptors.
at Detroit 99, Miami 98: Reggie Jackson scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning layup with five seconds remaining, and Andre Drummond had 11 points and 17 rebounds for his 44th double-double this season for the Pistons, who rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter.
Washington 92, at Memphis 83: Bradley Beal scored 20 points, John Wall had 18 points and 14 assists, and the Wizards won their third straight.
at Charlotte 92, Philadelphia 91: Gerald Henderson’s driving layup with six seconds won it for the Hornets, who kept their slim playoff hopes flickering despite playing without three starters, including center Al Jefferson.
Orlando 97, at Milwaukee 90: Tobias Harris had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic scored 20, and the Magic earned its second road win in two nights after losing 12 straight away from home.
at Portland 99, New Orleans 90: LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers ended the Pelicans’ four-game win streak and pushed them half a game behind Oklahoma City for eighth place in the West.
at Phoenix 87, Utah 85: Gerald Green came off the bench to score all 24 of his points in three quarters, and the Suns held off the Jazz in the fourth.