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Millsap, Teague power Hawks past Celtics 118-107

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016

Memphis: Draymond Green scored on a tip-in in with 1 minute left, and the Warriors rallied from 10 points down early in the fourth quarter and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-99 on Saturday night to tie at least one NBA record held by the 1995-96 Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.

Golden State now has 33 road wins, tying those Bulls, who went 33-8 away from Chicago. The Warriors (71-9) visit the Spurs on Sunday night, and their next win will tie the Bulls' NBA single-season record of 72 victories — but the Warriors have lost 33 straight in San Antonio.

Green finished with 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Klay Thompson had 20 points and Stephen Curry 17.

Memphis' Lance Stephenson missed two shots in the final seconds on a drive and again on a flip toward the basket. Officials reviewed the play and gave the ball to the Warriors with 0.8 seconds to finish off the comeback. Matt Barnes scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Memphis.

Bulls 105, Cavaliers 102

Chicago: Jimmy Butler scored 21 points, rookie Cristiano Felicio added a career-high 16 and the Chicago Bulls kept their playoff hopes alive with a victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chicago took the lead with a 15-0 run early in the fourth quarter and hung for the win when JR Smith missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, preventing Cleveland from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference even though James scored 33. The Bulls still need to win their final two games and hope Indiana drops its remaining three in order to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

James had a huge game for Cleveland, hitting 13 of 17 shots — 4 of 5 3-pointers. The four-time MVP also grabbed seven rebounds. Smith hit seven 3s and scored 24 points, and Kevin Love added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Hawks 118, Celtics 107

Atlanta: Paul Millsap had a season-high 31 points and 16 rebounds, Jeff Teague added 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics.

Kent Bazemore finished with 21 points for Atlanta, which moved one game ahead of Boston to take sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference.

With two regular-season games left for both teams, the Hawks moved 1½ games ahead of Southeast Division rivals Miami and Charlotte while Boston has just a half-game lead over the Heat and Hornets.

Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas each scored 16 for the Celtics, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Suns 121, Pelicans 100

New Orleans: Archie Goodwin scored 24 points and Mizra Teletovic added 22 to lead the Phoenix Suns past the New Orleans Pelicans.

The victory was the second straight for Phoenix (22-58), which snapped a seven-game losing streak on Thursday with a 124-115 win at Houston.

Toney Douglas had 23 points to lead New Orleans (30-50), which suffered its largest margin of defeat at home this season.

Kings 114, Thunder 112

Sacramento: Rudy Gay scored 24 points, including two free throws with 1 second left, for the Sacramento Kings, who celebrated the final game at Sleep Train Arena with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Darren Collison had 27 points for the Kings, who have played at the aging arena for 28 years. Next season, the team will move to $519 million Golden 1 Centre, which is located in downtown Sacramento.

Kevin Durant had 31 points and eight assists for the Thunder, who have a division title and the Western Division's No. 3 seed locked up. Durant has scored at least 20 points in 63 straight games, tying Kobe Bryant (2005-07) for the longest such streak. Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka scored 14 points.

Timberwolves 106, Trial Blazers 105

Portland: Karl-Anthony Towns hit a turnaround hook shot with 1.8 seconds left and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off a furious rally by the Portland Trail Blazers.

After Zach LaVine's free throws for the Timberwolves, Damian Lillard made a 3-pointer and was fouled with 3.5 seconds left to pull the Blazers in front for a 105-104 lead. Towns' winning shot gave him 27 points, and the Timberwolves snapped an eight-game losing streak in Portland. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points.

Lillard had 31 points for the Blazers, whose eight-game winning streak at home was snapped.

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