NBA roundup: Celtics clinch playoff berth
Kyrie Irving had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Al Horford added 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 117-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday in Minneapolis.
The Celtics clinched a playoff berth with the win.
Boston prevailed for the sixth time in seven games by using a balanced offensive attack that had six players score in double figures. Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown had 14 points, and he walked off the court on his own accord after sustaining a bad fall while trying to dunk in the third quarter. Brown reportedly later was taken to a hospital.
Nemanja Bjelica had 30 points and 12 rebounds and Taj Gibson added 18 points to lead the Timberwolves, who lost their third consecutive game and fell for the fourth time in six games.
Thunder 115, Suns 87
Carmelo Anthony began and ended a 15-point run in the second quarter, helping Oklahoma City overtake visiting Phoenix en route to a dominating victory.
Russell Westbrook flirted with his 19th triple-double, finishing with a team-high 27 points, eight rebounds and a game-high nine assists, as the Thunder snapped a two-game losing streak.
Devin Booker poured in a game-high 30 points for the Suns, who lost their fourth in a row.
Heat 108, 76ers 99
Hassan Whiteside scored 26 points as Miami topped visiting Philadelphia.
The Heat trailed by one point entering the fourth quarter, but Miami outscored Philadelphia 35-25 to secure its sixth win in the last seven home games. Dwyane Wade had 16 points and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat, who moved a half-game in front of Milwaukee and into seventh in the Eastern Conference's playoff race.
Dario Saric scored 20 and J.J. Redick added 18 for Philadelphia.
Nets 125, Hornets 111
Allen Crabbe scored 29 points as Brooklyn snapped a 10-game road losing streak and beat Charlotte.
Caris LeVert scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half for the Nets. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 18 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double, equaling his total from last season.
Kemba Walker paced Charlotte with 21 points.
--Field Level Media
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