Pacers Get Closer to Top Seed in East
Indianapolis — David West scored 21 points and Lance Stephenson had his league-best fifth triple-double of the season, leading Indiana past Oklahoma City 102-97 Sunday — putting the Pacers one win away from clinching the Eastern Conference’s top seed.
The Pacers (55-26) lead two-time defending champion Miami by a half game with one to play and hold the tiebreaker based on conference record.
Kevin Durant finished with 38 points for Oklahoma City (58-22) on a day it could have locked up the second seed in the West.
Raptors 116, Pistons 107
Auburn Hills, Mich. — DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto tied a franchise record for victories with a win over Detroit.
The Raptors (47-33) had already clinched the Atlantic Division, and the victory over Detroit was their 10th in 14 games. Toronto has reached the 47-win mark for the third time. The Raptors went 47-35 in 2001 and 2007.
Nets 97, Magic 88
New York — Mirza Teletovic scored a team-high 20 points off the bench, Joe Johnson and Mason Plumlee each added 17 and Brooklyn beat Orlando.
Deron Williams also had 17 points, five assists and four steals for the Nets, whose victory gave them a two-game lead for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race over the idle Washington Wizards.
Knicks 100, Bulls 89
New York — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points and New York, a night after being eliminated from playoff contention, beat Chicago.
No longer with any hopes of their own, the Knicks snapped the Bulls’ seven-game winning streak and dropped them back into a tie with Toronto for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with two to play.
Dumars Out in Detroit
Auburn Hills, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons decided not to renew Joe Dumars’ contract as president of basketball operations, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made any announcement on Dumars’ future, says Dumars will remain with the Pistons as an adviser.
Dumars was named the 2003 executive of the year, and the Pistons won the title the following season, adding the 2004 crown to the two they won when Dumars was a player.