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NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 27
Recaps of NBA games played Thursday
Ersan Ilyasova scores career-best 34 as Bucks hold off Pacers
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Struggling with early-season injuries and the adjustment to a new coaching staff, Ersan Ilyasova hasn't quite been himself for the Milwaukee Bucks.
That is beginning to change, just as the Bucks reach the most critical point of their playoff push.
Ilyasova followed up a recent run of good performances with a breakthrough game, scoring a career-high 34 points in the Bucks' 111-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night... Khris Middleton added 17 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 for the Bucks. They have won two straight after breaking a six-game losing streak.
Ilyasova was 12-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range... C.J. Miles scored 26 points, Hill added 24 and C.J. Watson had 23 for the Pacers. They were without forward David West because of an allergic reaction.
ESPN.com reports: Ersan Ilyasova scored a career-high 34 points in the Bucks' win over the Pacers on Thursday night. He became just the fifth player since 1985 to shoot at least 85 percent while attempting at least 14 shots and making at least five 3-pointers in a game.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 26
Recaps of NBA games played Wednesday
Brook Lopez scores 34, Nets hold off Hornets 91-88
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brook Lopez was disappointed when he turned the ball over on an inbounds pass with 3.2 seconds left in the game and the Brooklyn Nets up by three.
"It might have looked like I was point shaving, like I made a call to my Uncle Huey in (Las) Vegas," Lopez joked.
So he felt a measure of redemption when he deflected the ensuing inbounds pass from Charlotte's Gerald Henderson, preventing the Hornets from getting off a tying 3-pointer in Brooklyn's 91-88 win Wednesday night.
"No question, it was a relief," Lopez said.
Henderson and Al Jefferson each had 23 points for Charlotte. But Henderson was left contemplating the missed opportunity.
Jordan goes 7 for 7, Clippers pound Knicks 111-80
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Doc Rivers sat his starters down early, then benched himself after the game.
Rivers sent out assistant Mike Woodson to handle the postgame interviews, and the former Knicks coach had plenty to smile about after his new team smashed his old one.
DeAndre Jordan raised the NBA's best shooting percentage above 71 percent by making all seven shots and scoring 14 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers pounded New York 111-80 on Wednesday night.
Woodson said his boss claimed he was ill, but he downplayed his first trip back to face the team that fired him as a motivator for the Clippers.
Hawks rally in 4th, down Magic 95-83 to end losing streak
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Atlanta Hawks want to do everything they can over their last dozen games to be as playoff-ready as possible.
They started by saying goodbye to their longest losing streak of the season.
Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
"We stuck with it," Millsap said. "The shots weren't falling early in the game. We didn't let it get us down. We stayed with what we do, continued to move the ball and we started making shots."
Jeff Teague added 16 points, despite spraining his left ankle in the first quarter.
George Hill's layup lifts Pacers over Wizards 103-101
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- George Hill's recent scoring binge had dovetailed with the Indiana Pacers' losing streak.
Until Wednesday night.
Hill's driving layup with 2.7 seconds left lifted the Pacers over the Washington Wizards 103-101, snapping Indiana's six-game skid. Hill scored 29 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter as Indiana (31-40) rallied from a 10-point deficit. At the end, he assumed the role often filled by the injured Paul George.
Jimmy Butler scores 23 as Bulls beat Raptors for 5th straight time
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The Chicago Bulls are feeling good about themselves as they head toward the playoffs. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Pau Gasol had 18 and the Bulls beat Toronto 116-103 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory over the Raptors.
Making his second straight start after missing 11 games with a sprained left elbow, Butler was 7 for 8 from the field and 7 for 9 at the free-throw line. The All-Star guard also had five rebounds and three assists.
Injury-riddled Heat beat Celtics 93-86
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The Miami Heat were coming off a difficult loss at Milwaukee, and they were missing three key players due to injuries from the game against the Bucks.
Goran Dragic knew what he had to do.
Dragic had 22 points and seven assists, and the banged-up Heat beat the Boston Celtics 93-86 on Wednesday night.
"When one of the main guys is out, all of the other guys have to step in," he said. "That was my mentality before the game that I have to carry this team. We accomplished that. We won."
Luol Deng scored 15 points for Miami, and Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Henry Walker and Tyler Johnson also scored 12 points apiece.
Cavaliers use balanced scoring attack in rout of Grizzlies
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' recent dominance carried over to a trouncing of one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
The Cavaliers built a 29-point lead in the third quarter, maintained the cushion through the fourth and defeated Memphis 111-89 on Wednesday night, handing the Grizzlies their biggest home loss of the season.
Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, and Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which won its fourth straight and eighth in the past nine. Since Jan. 15, Cleveland is 28-6, and it holds the Eastern Conference's second seed by a three-game cushion over Chicago.
Clarkson shines in OT to lead Lakers over Wolves, 101-99
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Jordan Clarkson took a step back before helping the Los Angeles Lakers take one forward.
Clarkson shot 6 of 16 and had six turnovers. But the rookie, who spent time earlier this season in the NBA Development League, hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to send Los Angeles to a 101-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Clarkson scored eight points in the extra time and finished with 20 a night after scoring a season-high 30 points in a loss at Oklahoma City. Jeremy Lin added 19 points for the Lakers (19-51), who snapped a five-game road losing streak and won for the second time in three games.
Howard returns, Rockets beat Pelicans 95-93
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Dwight Howard corralled a no-look pass from James Harden along the baseline and went up quickly for a forceful one-handed stuff.
That first-quarter highlight alone would have been a promising sign for a Rockets squad gearing up for the playoffs. Erasing a 17-point deficit on the road against a desperate Pelicans team made for an even more satisfying night.
Harden had 25 points and 10 assists, Howard had seven rebounds and a block on Anthony Davis in his return from a two-month absence, and Houston handed New Orleans its fourth straight loss with a 95-93 victory on Wednesday.
Covington scores 25 points, 76ers beat Nuggets 99-85
The AP reports: DENVER -- The Philadelphia 76ers are poised for another high pick in the NBA draft. Meanwhile, the young players already on the roster are showing the future is bright for the struggling franchise.
Rookie Robert Covington tied a career high with 25 points and Philadelphia beat the Denver Nuggets 99-85 on Wednesday night.
Nerlens Noel had 14 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for the 76ers, who swept the season series from the Nuggets.
Ty Lawson scored 19 points and Wilson Chandler had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets. Denver was held to nine points in the fourth quarter, which tied a franchise record for fewest points in one period.
Blazers use 10-point comeback to beat Jazz 92-89
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Damian Lillard refused to let the reeling Trail Blazers lose their sixth consecutive game Wednesday night. Portland was on the verge of exactly that, trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, when the third-year point guard from nearby Weber State decided to attack the basket again and again and again.
Lillard finished with 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 92-89.
Spurs snap Thunder's 4-game win streak with 39-point pounding
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- This was San Antonio at a very high level. For coach Gregg Popovich, it was more evidence the Spurs need to be more consistent.
Tony Parker had 21 points and six assists, and San Antonio stopped Oklahoma City's four-game winning streak with a runaway 130-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Boris Diaw scored 19 points and Tim Duncan had 16 for San Antonio (44-26), which has won 11 of 13. Kawhi Leonard finished with 14 points in the Spurs' highest-scoring game of the season.
Cousins scores 24 points, Kings top Suns 108-99
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings are trying to finish strong and set the tone for next season.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, all but four coming in the first three quarters, and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 108-99 on Thursday night... Markieff Morris scored 24 points, and Eric Bledsoe and Marcus Morris added 19 each for the Suns, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.