NBA playoff race roundup: Sixers win 15th straight

NBA playoff race roundup: Sixers win 15th straight

JJ Redick scored 28 points, and the streaking Philadelphia 76ers moved a step closer to clinching the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 121-113 road win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Philips Arena.

The 76ers, who have won a franchise-record 15 in a row, can seal the No. 3 seed with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Sixers (51-30) lead the Cleveland Cavaliers (50-31) by one game heading into Wednesday's finale. The Cavaliers host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

Simmons shook off an illness that put his status for Tuesday's game in question to score 14 points, grab 10 rebounds and hand out six assists with six turnovers. Ilyasova scored 26 points off the bench and Marco Belinelli added 20 points for Philadelphia.

Taurean Prince led the Hawks with 27 points. Prince set a franchise record with 18 3-point attempts in the game, making six.

Jazz 119, Warriors 79

Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points and Derrick Favors added 16 points and nine rebounds to help Utah cruise to a victory over visiting Golden State.

Mitchell went 4-for-5 from 3-point range, pushing his season total to 186 3-pointers. It helped him pass Damian Lillard to set an NBA rookie record. Utah won the season series 3-1 over Golden State and can claim the Western Conference's No. 3 seed with a win over Portland on Wednesday night.

Klay Thompson scored 23 points and Kevin Durant added 13 for the Warriors, who already clinched the No. 2 seed in the West.

Wizards 113, Celtics 101

John Wall recorded 29 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds to lead Washington to a victory over visiting Boston. Wall (27 years, 216 days) became the third-youngest player in NBA history to reach 5,000 career assists, behind Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas.

Bradley Beal tallied 19 points and Markieff Morris added 13 for the Wizards, who still could finish in sixth, seventh or eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Jaylen Brown made six 3-pointers while scoring 27 points for the Celtics, who are locked into the East's second seed.

Hornets 119, Pacers 93

Frank Kaminsky led a balanced Charlotte attack with a season-high-tying 24 points in a rout of host Indiana.

Already locked into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers rested starters Victor Oladipo, Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic. Oladipo was listed as having a sore right foot. The Pacers will play either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Malik Monk scored 17 points off the bench for the Hornets. Glenn Robinson III, T.J. Leaf and Darren Collison each had 13 points for the Pacers.

Suns 124, Mavericks 97

Alec Peters poured in a career-high 36 points and five Phoenix teammates scored in double figures as the Suns ran away from host Dallas.

Phoenix (21-61) finished the season with the worst record in the league while Dallas (24-58) recorded its lowest win total in a full season since the 1997-98 campaign.

Alex Len and Shaquille Harrison added 18 points each for the Suns. Johnathan Motley led the Mavericks with 21 points.

 

 

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