National Basketball Association Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkApril 13, 2014 

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with just over two minutes left, Lance Stephenson recorded a triple-double and the Indiana Pacers moved a step closer to home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 102-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Indiana climbed a half-game ahead of Miami, which was idle Sunday, for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Pacers, who lost at Miami Friday, finished with the NBA's best home mark at 35-6 and will complete the regular season Wednesday at Orlando. The Heat play in Washington on Monday and host Philadelphia on Wednesday, but it's the Pacers who own the tiebreaker and control their own destiny. Stephenson had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his NBA- leading fifth triple-double of the year. George totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds, while David West scored 21 as the Pacers won for just the third time in nine games. Kevin Durant scored 38 for the Thunder, but he was just 2- of-11 from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook added 21 points, nine boards and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which had a three-game winning streak broken. The Thunder will play at New Orleans Monday and host Detroit Wednesday to close the regular season. OKC is two games clear of the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 2 seed, but LA holds the tiebreaker if it wins out and the Thunder lose both games.

Final Score: Toronto 116, Detroit 107

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 30 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 116-107 win over the Detroit Pistons. Kyle Lowry tallied 28 points and seven assists and Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards for the Raptors, who tied a franchise season record for wins (47) and have a chance to break the mark with two games left to play. Greivis Vasquez contributed 14 points off the bench. Greg Monroe netted 23 points and had 10 rebounds and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost three straight and five of seven. Rodney Stuckey totaled 18 points, Brandon Jennings scored 17 with seven assists and Kyle Singler chipped in 14 points in defeat.

Final Score: Brooklyn 97, Orlando 88

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mirza Teletovic came off the bench and scored a game-high 20 points and added six rebounds to help the Brooklyn Nets to a 97-88 win over the Orlando Magic at the Barclays Center. Joe Johnson and Mason Plumlee netted 17 apiece, with Plumlee adding 11 rebounds for the Nets, who have won four of six. Deron Williams tallied 16 points and five assists and Paul Pierce scored 10 points and grabbed five boards. Brooklyn holds a two-game lead for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race over the Wizards. Tobias Harris totaled 18 points and seven rebounds and Victor Oladipo scored 14 for the Magic, who have lost five of seven. Andrew Nicholson had 12 points and seven rebounds and Kyle O'Quinn and Maurice Harkless scored 10 points apiece in defeat.

Final Score: New York 100, Chicago 89

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 100-89 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each netted 17 points for the Knicks, who have won five of their last seven. It's a case of too little, too late for New York, while Chicago remains in the hunt for the East's third spot. With the loss, Chicago falls into a tie for the No. 3 seed with Toronto. Chicago hosts Orlando on Monday and travels to Charlotte on Wednesday to wrap up its season. Toronto, meanwhile, hosts Milwaukee on Monday and will visit New York on Wednesday. The Bulls own the tiebreaker because of a better conference record. Jimmy Butler paced Chicago with 17 points, while Joakim Noah nearly registered another triple-double. Noah finished with 13 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists in the setback, which snapped a seven-game winning streak.

Final Score: Portland 119, Golden State 117 (OT)

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors put on a show Sunday that saw numerous lead changes, unlikely buzzer- beaters and a 47-point performance from a losing player. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 26 points and put in the go-ahead basket with under a minute left in overtime as Portland outlasted the Golden State Warriors, 119-117, at an electric Moda Center. The playoff teams were battling for positioning in the Western Conference standings, and Portland pulled within a half-game of the Rockets for the No. 4 seed. Golden State just needs a win over the Timberwolves on Monday or against the Nuggets on Wednesday to wrap up the sixth seed. The way Sunday played out, it almost seemed as if the playoffs already began. Stephen Curry exploded for 47 points on 16-of-29 shooting and made seven of Golden State's 17 3-pointers. The All-Star guard's best play, however, wound up being a pass, as he drew two defenders on the right wing as time ticked away in regulation and dished to an open Draymond Green for the tying 3-pointer.

Final Score: Memphis 102, LA Lakers 90

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley scored 24 points and handed out eight assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the hapless Los Angeles Lakers, 102-90, on Sunday. Memphis' third straight win has it a full game ahead of the Suns for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into their big showdown in Phoenix on Monday. The club is also a half-game behind Dallas for the No. 7 seed and hosts the Mavericks in the season finale on Wednesday. Marc Gasol totaled 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Mike Miller chimed in with 13 points off the Grizzlies' bench. The Lakers, losers of seven straight and nine of their last 10, were led by Jodie Meeks' 20 points. Wesley Johnson added 15 points and 15 boards for Los Angeles, which finished with a porous 14-27 record at Staples Center.

Final Score: Sacramento 106, Minnesota 103

Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points, 15 rebounds and six assists and the Sacramento Kings beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-103, on Sunday night. Ben McLemore added 19 points for the Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Kevin Love tallied 43 points and 11 boards, while Gorgui Dieng supplied 21 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has alternated wins and losses over its last six tilts.

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