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NBA: Pacers continue to eye top seed in East

Lance Stephenson finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as Indiana beat Oklahoma City 102-97 to move a step closer to clinching home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Paul George hit the go-ahead three-pointer with just over two minutes left for the Pacers who climbed a half-game ahead of Miami, which was idle Sunday, for the top seed in the East. "We've been steadily improving," Indiana's David West said. "We have to keep our focus and start the playoffs strong."

Grizzlies 102, Lakers 90

Grizzlies 102, Lakers 90: Mike Conley had 24 points and eight assists and Marc Gasol added 18 points and 15 rebounds as visiting Memphis defeated Los Angeles to move closer to clinching a playoff spot. Mike Miller scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Grizzlies, who have a one-game lead over the Phoenix Suns in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Memphis pulled away with a 17-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters and can sew up a postseason spot by winning at Phoenix on Monday.

Teletovic helps Nets close in on No. 5 spot

Teletovic helps Nets close in on No. 5 spot NEW YORK -- The mood inside the Brooklyn Nets' locker room is one of excitement. Perhaps nobody is looking forward to the postseason more than forward Mirza Teletovic, who figures to receive more playing time this time than the one minute he played during last year's first round.

Pacers 102, Thunder 97

Pacers 102, Thunder 97: David West scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Paul George had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Indiana upended visiting Oklahoma City. Lance Stephenson recorded his fifth career triple-double with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Pacers moved a half-game ahead of the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference. C.J. Watson scored a season-high 20 points as Indiana overcame 23 turnovers to win for only the third time in the last nine games.

Nuggets 101, Jazz 94

Nuggets 101, Jazz 94: Randy Foye scored 26 points and Kenneth Faried had 24 points and collected a season-best 21 rebounds as host Denver handed Utah its 20th loss in 23 games. Evan Fournier added 23 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who have won three consecutive games for the first time since early January. Timofey Mozgov contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds as Denver posted a 52-39 advantage on the boards.

Celtics 111, Cavaliers 99

Celtics 111, Cavaliers 99: Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched his season high with 25 points and added a season-high 12 rebounds as Boston pounded host Cleveland. Avery Bradley went 5-of-6 from 3-point range en route to 25 points and Jeff Green scored 19 for the Celtics, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 7 and 9. Brandon Bass scored 19 points and Phil Pressey matched his career best of 13 assists while starting in place of Rajon Rondo (shin) for Boston.

Preview: Thunder at Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are still hopeful of claiming the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but the quality of the opponent could pose a problem on Sunday. Indiana hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder – the No. 2 team in the West – as it attempts to wrestle the top spot in the East away from the Miami Heat, who defeated the Pacers on Friday. Oklahoma City leads the Los Angeles Clippers by 2 1/2 games and can clinch the second seed with a victory.

Mavericks 101, Suns 98

Mavericks 101, Suns 98: Monta Ellis matched his season high of 37 points as the Mavericks rallied from 13 points down midway through the third quarter to beat visiting Phoenix and clinch a playoff berth.

Preview: Bulls at Knicks

The Chicago Bulls are enjoying a season-high seven-game winning streak and jumped into third place in the Eastern Conference. The New York Knicks, who host the Bulls on Sunday, have nothing left to play for after the Atlanta Hawks knocked them out of playoff contention with a win on Saturday. The Knicks fought their way into a tie for the No. 8 spot in the East but dropped two in a row over last weekend and Atlanta put them out of their misery.

Preview: Magic at Nets

The Brooklyn Nets saw their franchise-record 15-game home winning come to an end Friday and will try to begin another one that extends deep into the playoffs. The Nets, all but locked into the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, look to refine their game going into the postseason when they host the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. Brooklyn has lost its last two, including a 115-111 defeat at Orlando on Wednesday, and the Magic own the league’s worst road record (4-35).
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