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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, April 6, 2015
ATLANTA---Al Horford and DeMarre Car-
roll scored 20 points each to help the
Atlanta Hawks match a franchise record
with their 57th win, beating the Brooklyn
Nets 131-99 on Saturday night.
However, the Hawks lost forward Paul
Millsap to a right shoulder injury in a col-
lision with Brooklyn s Earl Clark with 1:52
left in the first half. There was no foul called
on the play which left Millsap sprawled on
the floor. He grimaced as he held his shoul-
der while walking off the court.
Millsap did not return and finished with
eight points and five assists. The Hawks
provided no immediate details on the injury.
Jeff Teague added had 17 points as Atlanta
never trailed while ending the Nets sea-
son-best six-game winning streak.
Bojan Bogdanovic led Brooklyn with 19
The Hawks topped their previous season
high of 130 points on John Jenkins 3-pointer
with 54 seconds remaining.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has given
his starters generous rest since the team
clinched first place in the Eastern Conference
playoffs. The Hawks returned to a normal
rotation against the Nets and looked ready
for the postseason while racing to a 66-48
The teams could meet in the playoffs,
but Budenholzer said before the game, "We
can t hold anything back. We re just going
Millsap s injury was the only bad news
of the first half for the Hawks. Atlanta shot
7 for 12 on 3-pointers in the half and also
had stirring jams from Horford and Teague.
Reggie Jackson scored 15 of his 29 points
in the fourth quarter, including the winning
layup with 5 seconds remaining, and the
Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Miami
Andre Drummond had 11 points and 17
rebounds for his 44th double-double, Ken-
tavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points and
Anthony Tolliver added 15 for the Pistons.
Detroit rallied from 15 down in the fourth
and closed with a 21-6 run over the final
5:36 to get the win.
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Goran
Dragic had 21 for the Heat. Luol Deng added
13 points and Hassan Whiteside had 13
points and 12 rebounds.
Marcus Smart hit a buzzer-beating layup
in overtime and the Boston Celtics beat the
Toronto Raptors 117-166 and moved into
the playoff berths.
With 2.6 seconds left and Boston trailing
by one, Smart took a pass from a driving
Isaiah Thomas and sneaked behind the col-
lapsing Toronto defence to score the winning
basket, silencing the sellout crowd of 19,800.
Thomas scored 25 points, Tyler Zeller
had 20 and Evan Turner added 18 points
and 10 assists for the Celtics, who moved
one-half game ahead of Miami in the race
for the final Eastern Conference playoff
berth after the Heat s loss at Detroit.
Klay Thompson scored 21 points and the
Golden State Warriors clinched home-court
advantage throughout the playoffs with their
12th straight victory, beating the Dallas Mav-
The Warriors (63-13) need one more vic-
tory to assure finishing with the best record
in the NBA for the first time since 1975-
76. They hold the tiebreaker on Atlanta for
ended Kentucky s bid to
become the first college bas-
ketball team to remain unde-
feated in nearly 40 years, beat-
ing the Wildcats 71-64 behind
20 points and 11 rebounds
from Frank Kaminsky.
Wisconsin will play Duke, an
81-61 winner over Michigan
State in the earlier semifinal,
at the same venue on Monday
"It gives us another 40 min-
utes, I know that," said Wis-
consin coach Bo Ryan, who
leads the Badgers to their first
final since 1941.
And Kentucky has a long ride
home, finishing the season at
38-1 --- two wins short of
becoming the first undefeated
team in college basketball since
the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers.
Instead, these NBA-ready group
of Wildcats join the star-stud-
ded 1991 UNLV team as the
latest to take an undefeated
record into the Final Four but
lose in the semifinals.
Trailing by four and gasping
for breath after going 6 minutes
without a bucket, the Badgers
(36-3) responded with an 8-0
run to take a lead Kentucky
couldn t overcome.
Kaminsky and Bronson
Koenig went 7 for 8 from the
line over the last 24 seconds to
seal the win.
Kentucky s last, best chance
came while trailing by three
with 12 seconds left. But Karl-
Anthony Towns received the
ball in the post and got fouled.
He made only one free throw,
and from there, Wisconsin
clinched it from the foul-line.
Earlier Saturday, Justise
Winslow scored 19 points and
Jahlil Okafor added 18 to lead
top-seeded Duke to an 81-61
victory over Michigan State on
Saturday and a shot at its fifth
Winslow, who played
through some early foul trouble,
had nine rebounds and was 5
for 7 from the field, while
Okafor grabbed six rebounds
and was 7 for 11 from the field.
Senior Quinn Cook had 17
points for the Blue Devils, who
dominated the game except for
the opening minutes when they
trailed 14-6. (AP)
season ends with 71-64
loss to Wisconsin
Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes (10) drives past Kentucky's Karl-
Anthony Towns during the second half of the NCAA Final Four
tournament college basketball semifinal game on Saturday in
Indianapolis. Wisconsin won 71-64. AP PHOTO
Millsap hurt as
Hawks rout Nets,
tie team mark
with 57th win
the top overall seed.
Stephen Curry scored 11 points while big men Andre
Iguodala and Maurice Speights got into the long-
range fun mostly reserved for Splash Brothers Curry
and Thompson. Both finished with 18 points.
Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points to lead the Mavericks.
Pacers' George to return
against Miami from broken leg
INDIANAPOLIS---Two-time All-Star Paul George is
coming back to the NBA sooner than expected from
a broken leg, having been cleared to play yesterday
for the Indiana Pacers against the Miami Heat.
When George ran into the basket support during
a U.S. team practice and broke his right leg in two
places on Aug. 1, it seemed a foregone conclusion he
would miss the entire 2014-15 season. But he returned
to full practices on Feb. 26, and set a mid-March goal
to play in games.
He announced his return by tweeting a picture of
his game shoes on Saturday, and the team then con-
firmed the news.
"He has worked hard to get to this point and still
has work to do, but it s a positive step toward what
we hope will be a full recovery," president of basketball
operations Larry Bird said in Indiana s release. "His
minutes will be limited in games he plays as we
evaluate his progress."
Bird believes if George can get some competitive
work in before the end of this season, it would help
him continue his progression during the offseason.
Before the injury, George was one of the league s
bright young stars. His scoring average had improved
by at least four points in each of his first four NBA
seasons, and the swingman was the league s most
improved player for the 2012-13 season.
"I m excited, but at the same time I m aware I m
still in a rehab stage and will continue to work to get
back to full strength," he said. (AP)
HAWKS 131, NETS 99
TRAIL BLAZERS 99, PELICANS 90
PISTONS 99, HEAT 98
WIZARDS 92, GRIZZLIES 83
CLIPPERS 107, NUGGETS 92
CELTICS 117, RAPTORS 116, OT
SUNS 87, JAZZ 85
HORNETS 92, 76ERS 91
MAGIC 97, BUCKS 90
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) makes a reverse layup as Atlanta Hawks forward Paul
Millsap defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, on Saturday, in Atlanta. AP PHOTO
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