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Miami beat Cleveland to keep playoff hopes alive

DOWN TO THE WIRE:The Celtics have the No. 1 seed in their sights, but need a win over the Bucks or risk losing the top spot to the Cavs, who need to beat the Raptors


The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, heads to the basket as the Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles, center, and Rudy Gobert look on in their NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Monday.

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Tyler Johnson on Monday night scored 24 points, including the game’s final four from the foul line, as the Miami Heat remained alive in the post-season chase by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121.

Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami, who would have been eliminated with a loss. Josh Richardson scored 19 points, while James Johnson had 16 and Goran Dragic added 15.

Deron Williams had a season-high 35 points, along with nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who fell to 0-7 this season when LeBron James does not play.

The Cavs were also without Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, and fell a game behind Boston in the race for No. 1 in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love scored 25 points, Channing Frye had 21 and Kyle Korver had 18.


In Boston, Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help Boston beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat Brooklyn to keep alive hopes of securing the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

With Cleveland’s overtime loss at Miami, a Boston win in their regular-season finale against Milwaukee today would give the Celtics the No. 1 seed.

However, if Boston lose to the Bucks and Cleveland win their finale against Toronto, the Cavs would own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 3-1 head-to-head record with Boston.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Jeremy Lin led the Nets with 26 points and 12 rebounds.


In Portland, Oregon, Noah Vonleh made a layup at the buzzer as Portland beat San Antonio, despite resting starters Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

Shabazz Napier scored a career-high 32 points for Portland, who won their third straight a day after Denver’s loss to Oklahoma City gave the Blazers the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points.

After Pat Connaughton’s long jumper for Portland, Jake Layman dunked to narrow the gap to 98-97 with 12 seconds to go. The Spurs threw an inbound out of bounds to give the ball back to Portland and Vonleh’s layup fell amid the scramble under the basket.


In Oakland, California, Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 18 rebounds while Joe Johnson added a key three-pointer with 80 seconds remaining as Utah snapped Golden State’s 14-game winning streak.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr, his team already assured of the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, opted to rest most of his starters for the entire fourth quarter and the Jazz (50-31) took advantage to end a seven-game losing streak at Oracle Arena.

George Hill had 20 points and Johnson finished with 19, including five three-pointers, as Utah also kept alive their shot at moving past the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West.

Stephen Curry had 28 points in three quarters for the Warriors (66-15), while Kevin Durant added 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his second game back from a knee injury.


In Los Angeles, Chris Paul scored 19 points and Blake Griffin added 18 as Los Angeles routed Houston to remain tied with Utah in the race for the No. 4 playoff seed.

The Clippers earned their sixth consecutive victory shortly after the Jazz won at Golden State. Both teams are 50-31 with one game remaining before they meet in the playoffs with only home court yet to be decided.

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