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GSW equal record with 72nd win, end Spurs home streak – Pacers clinch playoff berth

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) steals the ball from New York Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic (18) in the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 10. The Raptors defeated the Knicks 93-89. (AP)
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) steals the ball from New York Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic (18) in the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 10. The Raptors defeated the Knicks 93-89. (AP)

SAN ANTONIO, April 11, (AP): Stephen Curry had 37 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-86 on Sunday night for their 72nd victory, equaling the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the season record. The Warriors will finish the regular season at home against Memphis on Wednesday night. The Spurs had won 48 consecutive regular-season games at home, including an NBA-record 39 straight to begin this season. Golden State ended a 33-game skid in San Antonio that dated to 1997.

Golden State dominated the fourth quarter. Curry controlled the action with a series of layups when San Antonio’s defense attempted to run him off the 3-point line. LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points for San Antonio. The Spurs had not lost at home since March 2015.

Pacers 129, Nets 105

In Indianapolis, Myles Turner had 28 points and 10 rebounds, helping Indiana beat Brooklyn to clinch a playoff berth. Solomon Hill had 13 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill had 18 points, Ian Mahinmi 16, and Paul George 15. The Pacers jumped ahead 17-5 in the first quarter and led by as many as 42 points. Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 26 points. Markel Brown had 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Pacers have two games left and can still finish as high as seventh in the Eastern Conference if they finish with the same record as Detroit.

Clippers 98, Mavericks 91

In Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford scored 22 points and Los Angeles beat Dallas, snapping the Mavericks’ six-game winning streak and preventing them from clinching a playoff berth. J.J. Redick added 20 points and Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds in his best game since returning a week ago from a three-month absence to help the playoff-bound Clippers win their fifth in a row.

Raymond Felton led Dallas with 21 points, Deron Williams added 15, and Dirk Nowitzki 14. The loss kept the Mavs (41-39) in seventh place in the Western Conference, a game behind Memphis with two games to play. Dallas needs either a victory or a Houston loss to clinch a playoff berth for the 15th time in 16 years. The Rockets beat the Lakers 130-110 on Sunday.

Jazz 100, Nuggets 84

In Denver, Trey Lyles scored a career-high 22 points in an unexpected start, Gordon Hayward helped fuel a 24-0 third-quarter run and Utah beat Denver to maintain its one-game lead over Houston for the last Western Conference playoff spot. Lyles got the start when Derrick Favors was a late scratch because of right knee soreness. Hayward scored 10 of his 22 points in a pivotal third quarter that saw Utah turn the game into a rout. Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay each had 19 points for Nuggets.

Rockets 130, Lakers 110

In Houston, James Harden scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, and Houston kept its playoff hopes alive with a victory over Los Angeles. Harden also had 13 assists. Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverley each 19 points for the Rockets. Kobe Bryant, who has just two games left before his retirement, had 35 points for Los Angeles. Jordan Clarkson had 21 points and eight rebounds.

Raptors 93, Knicks 89

In New York, DeMar DeRozan converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:05 left on a night he became Toronto’s No. 2 career scorer, and the Raptors beat New York to stay alive for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. DeRozan finished with 27 points to help the Raptors pull within two games of Cleveland with two to play for both teams. Toronto won the season series and owns the tiebreaker.

DeRozan has 9,426 points and moved ahead of Vince Carter (9,420). He trails only Chris Bosh (10,275) on the Raptors’ career list. The Raptors set a franchise record with their 23rd road victory. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for New York.

Wizards 113, Hornets 98

In Washington, Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Washington beat Charlotte, damaging the Hornets’ chances to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Marcus Thornton added 16 points for the Wizards and Ramon Sessions had 15 points and 11 assists. Frank Kaminsky had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets.

Heat 118, Magic 96

In Miami, Luol Deng scored 20 points, Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 15 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 20, and Miami beat Orlando. Goran Dragic had 19 points for the Heat, and Dwyane Wade had 17 on 7-of-9 shooting in 24 highly efficient minutes. Gerald Green added 15 for Miami, which outscored Orlando 60-38 in the paint. Evan Fournier scored 21 points for the Magic, with Nik Vucevic adding 19 points.

Bucks 109, 76ers 108, OT

In Philadelphia, Khris Middleton scored 36 points and John Henson had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Milwaukee past Philadelphia. Jabari Parker added 15 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 for the Bucks. Ish Smith led the 76ers with 22 points and Nerlens Noel had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

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