Pacers Wrap Up Top Spot In East – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have wrapped up the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs without playing on Monday.
The Washington Wizards did all the work for the Pacers by hammering the Miami Heat 114-93. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zuh) scored 25 points for the Wizards, who shot 59 percent and made 14 3-pointers.
Michael Beasley scored 18 points while the Heat rested LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
In other NBA action:
— Chandler Parsons scored 21 points and Houston clinched home-court advantage for its first-round series with Portland by downing San Antonio 104-98. Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones each added 20 points for the Rockets.
— Memphis locked up the final Western Conference playoff berth as Zach Randolph finished with 32 points and nine rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 97-91 win at Phoenix. Mike Miller had 21 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who will face the Spurs in the opening round.
— Tyreke (ty-REEK’) Evans provided a career-high 41 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals as New Orleans thumped Oklahoma City 101-89 to end an eight-game skid. The Thunder have dropped two straight as they try to secure the No. 2 seed in the West.
— Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry was one of four Golden State Warriors to score at least 18 points, finishing with 32 and 15 assists in a 130-120 victory against Minnesota. David Lee finished with 25 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson had 20 points and Danny Green added 20 points and 12 boards.
— Toronto picked up its team-record 48th win as Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 24 in the Raptors’ 110-100 decision over Milwaukee. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) had 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Raptors win for the sixth time in seven games.
— Chicago was a 108-95 winner against Orlando behind Joakim (JOH’-keem) Noah’s 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points as the Bulls won for the eighth time in nine games to stay in the hunt for the third seed in the East.
— Charlotte overcame a 15-point deficit in the final period and beat Atlanta 95-93 on Chris Douglas-Roberts’ jumper as time expired. Al Jefferson had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Charlotte, which remained one game behind Washington for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
— Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and 14 rebounds in Philadelphia’s 113-108 triumph over Boston.
— Nick Young scored a season-high 43 points and the Los Angeles Lakers stopped a seven-game slid by whipping Utah 119-104.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins one game without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season. The NBA said Cousins will serve his suspension during Wednesday’s season finale against Phoenix. He was called for a technical foul in Sacramento’s 106-103 win over Minnesota last night after waving his arm at an official.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joe Dumars (DOO’-marhz) is stepping down as president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. The move comes a day after the Pistons lost their home finale and dropped to 29-52 with one game remaining in the season. Detroit will miss the postseason for a fifth consecutive year.
Drafted by the Pistons in 1985, Dumars spent his entire 14-year playing career with the franchise, winning NBA titles in 1989 and 1990.