Clippers 91, Grizzlies 87
DeAndre Jordan scored all 16 of his points in the first half and had a big block in the closing seconds as visiting Los Angeles regained control of its destiny for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Clippers, who have won five in a row and have two games left, are now tied with Memphis with both teams sitting a half-game behind third-place Denver. Los Angeles owns the tiebreaker with the Grizzlies and would open a possible first-round matchup at home.
Chris Paul had 13 points and Blake Griffin chipped in 12 for the Clippers. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined for 34 points and 27 rebounds to lead Memphis, which had won 13 straight at home.
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Timberwolves 105 Suns 93
Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 24 points and had 10 assists as host Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.
J.J. Barea had 16 points off the bench and Derrick Williams scored 15 as all five starters were in double figures for the Timberwolves, who outscored Phoenix 55-40 in the second half.
Markieff Morris scored 20 points, Jared Dudley added 16 and Goran Dragic had his third straight double-double with 10 points and 14 assists as the Suns lost for the 11th time in 12 games.
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Celtics 120 Magic 88
Jeff Green scored 17 points to lead seven players in double figures as visiting Boston clinched the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Courtney Lee added 20 points off the bench and Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley scored 14 apiece as the Celtics beat Orlando for the eighth consecutive time to set up a first-round playoff matchup with No. 2 seed New York.
Tobias Harris scored 22 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who fell for the 14th time in 16 games to join Charlotte as the only teams with 60 losses.
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Bobcats 95, Bucks 85
Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Josh McRoberts added 18 as host Charlotte sent playoff-bound Milwaukee to its 11th loss in 14 games.
Bismack Biyombo finished with 13 points and a career high-tying 17 rebounds for the Bobcats, who produced a 52-36 advantage on the glass in avenging a 131-102 loss earlier this month in Milwaukee.
Mike Dunleavy scored 19 points off the bench and Monta Ellis chipped in 16 for Milwaukee, which played its second straight game without starters Brandon Jennings (Achilles) and Larry Sanders (back). The loss assured that the Bucks will meet Miami in the opening round of the playoffs.
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