CLEVELAND, AP — Joel Embiid had 44 points and 17 rebounds, James Harden recorded his second triple-double with Philadelphia, and the 76ers secured a playoff berth with a 112-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. evening.
Embiid was questionable entering the game with a sore ankle. But not only did the 7-footer play, Embiid dominated the stretch, scoring 12 points in a key fourth-quarter stretch.
THUNDER 117, SUN 96
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Backup center Olivier Sarr scored a career-high 24 points and Aleksej Pokuveski recorded his first career triple-double to lead Oklahoma City over NBA-leading Phoenix.
MAVERICKS 118, BUCKS 112
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 32 points and tied a season-high 15 assists to help Dallas defeat Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Milwaukee was essentially complete on Sunday after resting all of its usual starters in a 153-119 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
CELTIC 144, SORCERER 102
BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 32 points, Jayson Tatum had 22, and Boston passed Washington in the Celtics’ regular-season home finale.
NUGGETS 129, LAKERS 118
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 38 points, 18 rebounds and six assists, and Denver moved up to fifth in the Western Conference with a win over Los Angeles.
PISTONS 121, PACERS 117
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Saddiq Bey scored 31 points and Fred Jackson had 19 to lead Detroit past Indiana.
KNICKS 118, MAGIC 88
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 27 points, Obi Toppin tied his career high with 20 and New York routed Orlando.
T-WOLVES 139, ROCKETS 132
HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 33 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 28, and Minnesota built a huge lead and held on to beat Houston.
HEAT 114, RAPTORS 109
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 10 assists against his former team, Max Strus scored all of his 23 points in the second half, and Miami topped Toronto.
Victor Oladipo scored 21 points, Tyler Herro had 18 and Bam Adebayo 16 as the Heat won their fourth straight and remained two games ahead of Boston at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Each team still has three games to play.
SPURS 113, TRAIL BLAZERS 92
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Keldon Johnson scored 28 points and San Antonio beat shorthanded Portland.
Coupled with the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to Denver, San Antonio’s magic number to clinch 10th in the Western Conference is two games away. The Spurs (33-45) also hold the tiebreaker over the Lakers (31-47) with a conference-best record.
San Antonio won a two-weekend series with Portland to complete a four-game sweep against the Trail Blazers. Zach Collins had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his first career double-double. Tre Jones added 18 points and Keita Bates-Diop 12.
The Blazers struggled to maintain offensive consistency without Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic, Josh Hart, Eric Bledsoe, Anfernee Simmons and several other injured players. Keon Johnson and Ben McLemore had 19 points apiece to lead Portland.
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