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Jazz 136, Timberwolves 130 (2OT)

Jazz 136, Timberwolves 130 (2OT): Trey Burke posted a career-high 32 points and added nine assists and seven rebounds as Utah outlasted Minnesota to snap a seven-game road losing streak. Gordon Hayward racked up 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Utah, which had dropped 21 of its previous 24 contests. Derrick Favors went off for 21 points and 12 boards while Jeremy Evans registered 18 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocks for the Jazz.

Preview: Suns at Kings

The Phoenix Suns will look for a reason to get motivated for their regular-season finale Wednesday at Sacramento, two days after they were eliminated from the postseason for the fourth consecutive year. The Suns can finish off the best turnaround of the NBA season, as a win would give them 23 more victories than a year ago, and would also tie the 2007-08 Golden State team for the most wins by a team (48) without qualifying for the playoffs. Unfortunately, Phoenix now owns four of the top six all-time best records for non-playoff teams.

Preview: Hawks at Bucks

With the visiting Atlanta Hawks locked into the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Milwaukee Bucks assured of the NBA's worst record, Wednesday's regular-season finale might have all the excitement of an October exhibition. Atlanta isn't likely to risk an injury to any of its stars with a series against top-seed Indiana looming, but the reserves might be able to knock off the Bucks. Regardless of the outcome, Milwaukee will finish with the worst record in franchise history.

NBA: Results and standings

Results and standings on Monday in the NBA: Golden State 130, Minnesota 120 Atlanta 93, Charlotte 95 Phoenix 91, Memphis 97 Utah 104, LA Lakers 119 Chicago 108, Orlando 95 Houston 104, San Antonio 98 New Orleans 101, Oklahoma 89 Philadelphia 113, Boston 108 Toronto 110, Milwaukee 100 Washington 114, Miami 93 Standings (w l pct gb) Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Toronto 48 33 .593 --- Brooklyn Nets 44 36 .550 3 1/2 New York Knicks 35 45 .438 12 1/2

Suns battling for playoff lives as field nearly set

(Reuters) - The Indiana Pacers can secure the Eastern Conference's top seed without taking the court on Monday while the last entrant to the NBA's playoff field could be set with the Phoenix Suns facing a do-or-die game. The idle Pacers would secure the conference's top seed, and with it home-court advantage for each series they play before the NBA Finals, if the two-time defending champion Miami Heat lose their road game to the Washington Wizards.

Preview: Grizzlies at Suns

The Memphis Grizzlies have their sights on clinching a Western Conference playoff spot when they visit the Phoenix Suns in Monday’s showdown. The Grizzlies have a one-game lead over the Suns for the final postseason berth in the West and can claim it by eliminating Phoenix. The Suns suffered a road loss to Dallas on Saturday that leaves them in a must-win situation over the last two regular-season games as Memphis already owns the tiebreaker.

Preview: Bobcats at Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have wrapped up an Eastern Conference playoff spot and look to continue their strong finish when they attempt to defeat the visiting Charlotte Bobcats for the 12th straight time on Monday. After a slide in which they lost 21 of 28 games, the Hawks are thriving with five wins in their last six games and clinched the No. 8 seed with Saturday’s victory over the Miami Heat. Charlotte is also playoff bound and a victory would clinch a winning campaign.

Preview: Timberwolves at Warriors

Stephen Curry is capable of putting up some incredible individual performances but is having some trouble pulling out wins by himself of late. Curry and the Warriors will try to maintain their grip on the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference when they host the depleted Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. The All-Star guard put on two of his best late-game efforts in the last three contests only to watch Golden State fall just short.

NBA: Results and standings

Results and standings on Sunday in the NBA: New York Knicks 100, Chicago 89 LA Lakers 90, Memphis 102 Brooklyn Nets 97, Orlando 88 Portland 119, Golden State 117 (OT) Sacramento 106, Minnesota 103 Detroit 107, Toronto 116 Indiana 102, Oklahoma 97 Standings (w l pct gb) Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Toronto 47 33 .587 --- Brooklyn Nets 44 36 .550 3 New York Knicks 35 45 .438 12 Boston 25 55 .313 22 Philadelphia 17 63 .213 30 Central Division

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.
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