Heat Close To Clinching Home Court – NBA Roundup For April 10th
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James scored 28 points in 30 minutes, Udonis Haslem (yoo-DAH'-nihs HAZ'-lehm) had his first double-double of the season and the Miami Heat moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs by topping the Milwaukee Bucks 94-83. With five games left, Miami needs only one more win or one San Antonio loss to clinch the top overall seed throughout the playoffs.
The Heat tied a franchise record with their 61st victory. Brandon Jennings had 30 for the Bucks.
In other NBA action:
— The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 for their 13th straight victory.
— The L.A. Lakers moved a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot in the West by beating New Orleans 104-96. Kobe Bryant poured in 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. The Jazz hold the tiebreaker against the Lakers, however.
— Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 90-80.
— The Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff berth by routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89. Klay Thompson hit for 30.
— Brook Lopez scored 29 points and Reggie Evans added 17 points and 24 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets firmly held their ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 104-83 victory over Philadelphia. The Nets own a two-game lead over Chicago for the fourth seed in the East.
— George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help the Indiana Pacers rally from a 20-point deficit for a 99-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Rudy Gay added 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 101-98.
— Mike Conley scored 20 points, Zach Randolph had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-75.
— Houston held off Phoenix 101-88. James Harden led the way with 33 for the Rockets.