Amir Johnson sunk a fall away tip in with seven seconds left to give the Raptors a 105-103 lead over the Celtics. Boston couldn't convert on the other end and Toronto officially clinched its first playoff berth in six seasons. DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points and Terrence Ross added 17.
Orlando Magic 110, Charlotte Bobcats 105 -- Overtime
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 24 points and 23 boards. It was the sixth 20-20 game in his career. Kemba Walker hit a pull up jumper to give the Bobcats a three-point lead with seconds remaining. Then Arron Afflalo hit this shot:
meanwhile in the NBA, Afflalo with some onions https://t.co/eIVTRL9fwz— Tyler Lashbrook (@lashy) March 29, 2014
The Magic pulled away in overtime for their 21st win of the year, one more than they finished with last season.
When Steph Curry cooks, everyone eats. Against Memphis, he got going and there was no stopping him. He finished with 33 points, including a tie-breaking three-pointer that sparked a late, closing run. Curry also posted eight assists and five boards. Klay Thompson added 14 points and Marreese Speights chipped in 15.
Zach Randolph paced the Grizzlies with 21 points and apparently he even dunked once. I couldn't find any video evidence. Seriously, how does Zach Randolph dunk without any video evidence!?
Washington Wizards 91, Indiana Pacers 78
Wall finished with 20 points and eight assists and his Wizards earned a very good win over the Pacers. Marcin Gortat added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Washington held Indiana to 35 percent from the floor (2-of-13 from three).
Brooklyn Nets 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 97
The Nets are just 1.5 games back of the fourth seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. That's important because with a win over the Cavaliers, Brooklyn has now won 12 straight home games. Something about the Barclays Center makes this team click. Cleveland is just 3.5 games back of the eight spot in the West, but that feels more like 10 games now.
Miami Heat 110, Detroit Pistons 78
Miami played without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers, but it didn't matter because the Pistons are awful. Even without those guys, LeBron James earned a triple double (17/12/10) before the fourth quarter. Oddly, it was his first of the season. Detroit never stood a chance here.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored only five points and the Blazers still won by 17 on the road. Six players scored in double-figures and Mo Williams led the way with 18 points off the bench. The Bulls only shot seven free throws and hit just 17.6 percent (3-of-17) of their long range attempts.
Minnesota Timberwolves 143, Los Angeles Lakers 107
The Lakers were never really in this game, if you can't tell from the lopsided scoreboard. Kevin Love recorded his second career triple double (22/10/10) and the Timberwolves ran away easily. They shot 67 percent (!!!!!) from the field and hit 33-of-40 of their free throw attempts. Minnesota will go down as one of the best teams ever to miss the playoffs and Los Angeles will be remembered as one of the worst Laker squads of all time. Fun!
New Orleans Pelicans 102, Utah Jazz 95
Weird end of the season storyline: With a win against Utah, the Pelicans have won five straight games for the first time since 2010-11. Against the Jazz, Tyreke Evans paced New Orleans with 22 points. Anthony Davis went down in the first quarter with an apparent ankle injury, but it doesn't appear too serious.
So LeBron dominated through three quarters and rested in the fourth. How would Kevin Durant respond?
Durant checks out with 1:25 left in the third, probably done for the night -- 29 on 9-11 shooting, six assists. Decent.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 29, 2014
That's good, I think.
San Antonio Spurs 133, Denver Nuggets 102
Ole' Timmy Duncan just doesn't age. In 22 minutes, he recorded 20 points, eight boards, four assists and two blocks. Marco Belinelli led San Antonio with 27 points and Patty Mills added 16 off the bench. Randy Foye led the Nuggets with 20. The Spurs have now won 16 games in a row and are, apparently, a pretty competent basketball team.
Phoenix Suns 112, New York Knicks 88
The Knicks just keep shooting themselves in the foot. The playoff race is tight and if New York wants to play in the postseason, then it has to, well, win games. A loss against Phoenix puts the Knicks two full games back. Goran Dragic dropped 32 points in 32 minutes and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.