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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.

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.

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: 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).

Preview: Grizzlies at Lakers

(Updated: UPDATES Memphis playoff situation) The Memphis Grizzlies can’t afford a letdown in their hunt for a playoff spot when they visit the lowly Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Memphis is competing with the Phoenix Suns for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference and the Grizzlies have a road showdown with the Suns looming on Monday. Memphis has a half-game lead over Phoenix but can’t slip up against the Lakers, who have lost six straight and are finishing up the worst season in franchise history.

Preview: Raptors at Pistons

The Toronto Raptors, fresh off clinching their second Atlantic Division crown in franchise history, will try to build momentum heading into the postseason when they play at the Detroit Pistons on Sunday afternoon. The Raptors couldn't take care of business on their own Friday night, losing to the New York Knicks 108-100, but wrapped up the division title not long after when the Nets lost to the Hawks.

Bobcats 111, 76ers 105

Bobcats 111, 76ers 105: Al Jefferson collected 29 points and 12 rebounds as host Charlotte won for the sixth time in seven games. Gerald Henderson scored 14 points for the Bobcats, who remained a game behind Washington for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Luke Ridnour, Cody Zeller and Chris Douglas-Roberts chipped in 12 points apiece as Charlotte shot 54.2 percent from the field.

Preview: Timberwolves at Kings

Corey Brewer looks for an encore performance when he leads the Minnesota Timberwolves into a matchup at Sacramento on Sunday. Brewer erupted for a career-high and franchise record-tying 51 points in a 112-110 win over Houston on Friday night, pulling Minnesota within one win of finishing with at least a .500 record for the first time since 2004-05. Gorgui Dieng continued his solid play for the Timberwolves with 12 points - including the game-winner with 4.6 seconds left - and 20 rebounds.
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