NBA roundup: Hawks win, move closer to home-court advantage
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ATLANTA — Devin Harris scored a season-high 25 points, and Josh Smith nearly added a triple-double Monday night as the Hawks beat the Cavaliers, 102-94, to improve their chances of securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Smith had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists before a sparse crowd in Philips Arena to help the Hawks (42-33) pull within one game of Brooklyn (42-31) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Reserve Marreese Speights scored 14 of his 22 in the final quarter, but the Cavs (22-51) did not seriously threaten after pulling within 58-56 early in the third period.
Shaun Livingston, starting with Kyrie Irving not playing in the second night of a back-to-back, had 14 points and six assists in Cleveland's ninth straight loss.
Pistons 108, Raptors 98 — In Toronto, Greg Monroe scored 24 points, Jose Calderon had 19 points and nine assists against his former team, and the Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak.
Rodney Stuckey scored 18 points, Jonas Jerebko had 10 of his 15 in the fourth quarter and rookie Khris Middleton added 11 as the Pistons won for just the third time in 19 games.
Rudy Gay scored 34 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 and DeMar DeRozan 15 as the Raptors lost for the seventh time in eight games. Toronto was outscored, 33-19, in the final quarter.
Grizzlies 92, Spurs 90 — In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley drove for a layup with 0.6 seconds left, and the Grizzlies rallied for their third straight victory.
The Grizzlies matched their franchise record with their 50th win this season, and they won their 12th straight at home. They pulled out a win in a game where Conley's bucket gave them their first lead since 18-16 late in the first quarter.
Rockets 111, Magic 103 — In Houston, Omer Asik matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Rockets won without James Harden and Chandler Parsons.
Jeremy Lin had 19 points and 11 assists, and Francisco Garcia had 14 points, five assists and three blocks for the Rockets, who hardly missed their top two scorers until Orlando made a late run. Harden sat out for the second straight game with a sore right foot, and Parsons missed the game with an illness.
Bucks 131, Bobcats 102 — In Milwaukee, Larry Sanders had a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee cruised with highest scoring total in more than four years.
Timberwolves 110, Celtics 100 — In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic bruised and battered the overmatched Boston front line for 29 points to lead the Timberwolves.
Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Dante Cunningham scored 19 points off the bench to deliver coach Rick Adelman his 998th career victory.
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