Knicks Clinch Division Title
Brooklyn Dodgers fans, left, and Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz stand before an original 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship banner from Ebbets Field before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in New York. Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary to the day that the first game was played between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies at Ebbets Field. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York — The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 last night for their 13th straight victory.
Anthony put this one away with 21 points during the Knicks’ 37-point third quarter that gave them a 95-71 lead. The NBA’s scoring leader added eight rebounds and six assists while becoming the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five straight 35-point games.
Iman Shumpert added 18 points for the Knicks, who negated a height disadvantage by tying a franchise record with 20 3-pointers. J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each added 17 points.
Heat 94, Bucks 83
Miami — LeBron James scored 28 points in 30 minutes, Udonis Haslem had his first double-double of the season and the Heat moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs by topping Milwaukee.
The Heat tied a franchise single-season record by winning for the 61st time, getting there with five games remaining. Miami needs only one more win or one San Antonio loss to clinch the top overall seed for the entirety of the playoffs.
Haslem finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds for Miami, which played without an injured Dwyane Wade and an ill Chris Bosh. Norris Cole and Ray Allen each scored 11 for the Heat.
Nets 104, 76ers 83
New York — Brook Lopez scored 29 points and Reggie Evans added 17 points and 24 rebounds as the Nets firmly held their ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 11 points apiece for the Nets, who began the day with a two-game lead over Chicago for the No. 4 seed in the East and home-court advantage against their likely first round foe.
Pacers 99, Cavaliers 94
Indianapolis — George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help Indiana rally from a 20-point deficit for a win over Cleveland.
Paul George chipped in with 14 points, Lance Stephenson had 13 and Tyler Hansbrough 12 for the Pacers.