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SAN ANTONIO---San Antonio
ensured it will finish top of the NBA
Western Conference's regular-season
standings by beating Phoenix 112-
104 on Friday, thanks chiefly to
Danny Green's career-high 33 points.
Meanwhile in the Eastern Confer-
ence, Miami leapfrogged Indiana back
to the top of the standings by beating
Elsewhere, Minnesota's Corey Brew-
er put in an outstanding individual
performance to lead the Timberwolves
over playoff-bound Houston, and
Oklahoma City ensured it will have at
least the No.2 seed in the Western
Conference by beating New Orleans.
San Antonio's Green was 7 for 10
on 3-pointers in pushing the Spurs to
victory without Tim Duncan and
Manu Ginobili, who were both rested
for the second of back-to-back games.
Their absence was offset by the
return of Tony Parker from a back
injury, and he finished with 18 points
and three assists.
Eric Bledsoe had 30 points, 11
rebounds and nine assists to lead
Phoenix, which fell into a tie with
Memphis for the West's eighth seed.
Miami's LeBron James had 36 points
in the Heat's crucial 98-86 win over
Mario Chalmers added 13 points for
the Heat, who scored the first 16 points
of the second half and weren't in trou-
ble again, taking a half-game lead over
Paul George scored 22 for Indiana,
which must now count on the Heat
dropping at least one of their remaining
three games against Atlanta, Wash-
ington and Philadelphia.
Minnesota's Corey Brewer scored a
career-high 51 points yet the Timber-
wolves still needed a Gorgui Dieng
jump shot with 4.6 seconds left to
take a 112-110 win over Houston.
Brewer made 19 of 30 shots, easily
surpassing his previous career high of
29 points. He became the fifth player
this season to score 50 in a game, and
the Wolves scored a staggering 39
points in transition against Houston's
James Harden had 33 points, 10
assists and eight rebounds for the
Rockets, including the tying 3-pointer
with 17 seconds left, but there was
still time for Dieng to calmly slotted
Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant
and Russell Westbrook scored 27 points
and 24 points respectively to lead the
Thunder to a 116-94 win over New
The Thunder shot 54 from the field,
made 23 of 27 free throws and com-
Spurs clinch top spot in West, beat Suns
Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, front, shoots against San Antonio Spurs
forward Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, as Spurs' Tony Parker, right, of France, looks on,
during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday in San Antonio.
mitted just 11 turnovers. Oklahoma
City led by 25 points at the end
of the third quarter, so Durant
and Westbrook rested in the
Darius Miller scored a career-
high 18 points for the Pelicans,
who struggled without injured
starters Anthony Davis and Eric
New York kept a pulse in its
flagging playoff hopes with a 108-
100 win at Toronto.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30
points and Amare Stoudemire had
24 points and 11 rebounds for the
DeMar DeRozan scored 26
points for the Raptors, who let
down the fans who had come to
see them clinch the Atlantic Divi-
sion title for only the second time
in franchise history, but the Cana-
dian club did take that prize later
in the night when nearest rival
The Nets went down 93-88 to
Atlanta, which moved to the verge
of a playoff spot.
Paul Millsap had 27 points and
10 rebounds while Jeff Teague
added 22 for the Hawks, who
remain two games ahead of the
Knicks with three to play.
Teague got the better of his little
brother Marquis, who was forced
to play extended minutes while
the Nets rested some regulars.
Chicago came from 18 points
down to beat Detroit 106-98 and
notch a seventh-straight win.
DJ Augustin scored 24 points
and Taj Gibson added 17 for the
Bulls, who moved a game ahead
of Toronto for third in the Eastern
Conference. They also clinched
home-court advantage in the first
round of the playoffs with Brook-
lyn falling to Atlanta.
Chicago outscored Detroit 32-
24 in the third quarter to pull
within 10 and went on a 15-0 run
in the fourth to turn an eight-
point deficit into a 90-83 lead.
Portland stayed in the race to
host a first-round playoff series
by winning 111-99 at Utah, with
Wesley Matthews scoring 21
Golden State clinched a playoff
berth with a 112-95 win over the
Los Angeles Lakers, with Stephen
Curry having 30 points, 12 assists
and 10 rebounds.
Washington overcame some
poor shooting to beat win 96-86
at Orlando, with Nene scoring 17
Boston ended a nine-game los-
ing slump by edging a hard-fin-
ishing Charlotte 106-103, with
Avery Bradley scoring 22 points.
Memphis put in a big third
quarter to beat Philadelphia 117-
95, with Marc Gasol having 21
points and 10 rebounds.
Milwaukee preserved its slim
hopes of avoiding last place in the
standings by downing Cleveland
119-116, with Brandon Knight
scoring 24 points.
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