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Pacers Grab Half-Game Lead In East – NBA Roundup

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UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have reduced their magic number to one for clinching the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Pacers are a half-game ahead of Miami following a 102-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lance Stephenson had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his team-record fifth triple-double. Paul George finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while David West added 21 points for the Pacers.

League-leading scorer Kevin Durant dropped in 38 for the Thunder.

The Pacers will wrap up home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs with a season-ending victory at Orlando, or if Miami loses one of its last two games. The Heat visit Washington on Monday and host Philadelphia two nights later.

In other NBA play:

— LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 40 seconds to go in overtime to lift Portland past Golden State 119-117. The Trail Blazers overcame Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry’s season-high 47 points and won for the eighth time in nine games.

— DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s 116-107 win over Detroit. Toronto tied the franchise record with its 47th win of the season. The Raptors have won ten of their last 14 games.

— Mirza Teletovic (MEER’-zah teh-LEH’-toh-vihch) scored a team-high 20 points and Joe Johnson and Mason Plumlee each added 17 as Brooklyn downed Orlando 97-88. Deron Williams had 16 points, five assists and four steals to help the Nets move two games ahead of Washington Wizards for the fifth seed in the East.

— Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points and New York ended Chicago’s seven-game winning streak by topping the Bulls 100-89. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each had 17 points for the Knicks.

— Mike Conley scored 24 points as Memphis earned a 102-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers to open a one-game lead over Phoenix for the last Western Conference playoff berth. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) added 18 points and 15 rebounds to help the Grizzlies deal the Lakers their seventh straight loss.

— DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds in Sacramento’s 106-103 win over Minnesota.

All Times EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf
y-Toronto 47 33 .588 8-2 W-1 25-15 22-18 31-19
x-Brooklyn 44 36 .550 3 7-3 W-1 28-12 16-24 26-24
New York 35 45 .438 12 6-4 W-2 18-22 17-23 24-26
Boston 25 55 .313 22 2-8 W-2 16-24 9-31 21-29
Philadelphia 17 63 .213 30 2-8 L-4 9-31 8-32 12-38

Southeast Division

W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf
y-Miami 54 26 .675 6-4 L-1 32-8 22-18 34-16
x-Washington 42 38 .525 12 6-4 W-2 21-19 21-19 31-19
x-Charlotte 41 39 .513 13 7-3 W-1 24-16 17-23 28-22
x-Atlanta 37 43 .463 17 6-4 W-3 24-16 13-27 27-23
Orlando 23 57 .288 31 4-6 L-2 19-21 4-36 17-33

Central Division

W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 4-6 W-1 35-6 20-20 37-14
x-Chicago 47 33 .588 8-2 L-1 26-14 21-19 34-16
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 5-5 L-2 18-22 14-27 20-31
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 3-7 L-3 17-24 12-28 23-29
Milwaukee 15 65 .188 39½ 2-8 L-1 10-30 5-35 12-38

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest Division

W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf
z-San Antonio 62 18 .775 8-2 W-2 32-8 30-10 38-12
x-Houston 53 27 .663 9 5-5 W-1 32-8 21-19 30-20
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13½ 7-3 W-1 26-15 23-17 29-22
Memphis 48 32 .600 14 6-4 W-3 26-14 22-18 27-23
New Orleans 32 48 .400 30 2-8 L-8 20-19 12-29 13-37

Northwest Division

W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf
y-Oklahoma City 58 22 .725 6-4 L-1 33-7 25-15 36-15
x-Portland 53 28 .654 8-2 W-4 30-10 23-18 30-21
Minnesota 40 40 .500 18 5-5 L-1 24-16 16-24 23-27
Denver 36 44 .450 22 4-6 W-3 22-18 14-26 20-30
Utah 24 56 .300 34 1-9 L-4 16-24 8-32 12-38

Pacific Division

W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf
y-L.A. Clippers 56 24 .700 7-3 W-1 33-7 23-17 35-15
x-Golden State 49 31 .613 7 5-5 L-1 26-14 23-17 29-21
Phoenix 47 33 .588 9 6-4 L-2 26-14 21-19 27-23
Sacramento 28 53 .346 28½ 3-7 W-1 17-23 11-30 15-36
L.A. Lakers 25 55 .313 31 1-9 L-7 14-27 11-28 13-37

x-clinched playoff spot

y-clinched division

z-clinched conference

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Sunday’s Games

Indiana 102, Oklahoma City 97

Toronto 116, Detroit 107

Brooklyn 97, Orlando 88

New York 100, Chicago 89

Portland 119, Golden State 117, OT

Sacramento 106, Minnesota 103

Memphis 102, L.A. Lakers 90

Monday’s Games

Miami at Washington, 7 p.m.

Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at Chicago, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m.

Memphis at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Minnesota at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games

New York at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s Games

Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Utah at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Washington at Boston, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 8 p.m.

Toronto at New York, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

Golden State at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

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