MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Coach Doc Rivers’ club is back in the postseason after falling short last year. Los Angeles finished 42-40 last season, missing the playoffs after making it six straight years — four under Rivers.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points, including 16 in the decisive third quarter as Milwaukee topped Houston.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who improved to an NBA-best 56-19.
MAGIC 104, HEAT 99
MIAMI (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 16 rebounds, Jonathan Issac added 19 points and Orlando extended its longest winning streak in eight years to six games by downing Miami.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and Boston broke away from a fourth-quarter tie to defeat Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving (rest) didn’t play for Boston, but the Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak and are 11-2 without their leading scorer.
Al Horford had 19 points, including eight in the fourth quarter and the go-ahead layup early in the period.
SPURS 116, OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 38 points in overtime and Charlotte outlasted San Antonio to stretch its longest winning streak of the season to four games.
Walker took over in the extra period, scoring Charlotte’s first seven points and going 4 of 4 from the field, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers.
TORONTO (AP) — Norman Powell scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 and Toronto beat struggling Chicago for the eighth consecutive time.
Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each added 14 points before sitting out the final quarter, and Pascal Siakam had 13. The Raptors never trailed and avoided their first three-game home losing streak of the season. Toronto lost to Charlotte on Sunday on a halfcourt buzzer-beater by Jeremy Lamb.
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 33 points, including six in the final minute, and Denver held off Detroit after nearly squandering a 27-point lead.
Trailing 66-39 at halftime, the Pistons cut it to one on a 3-pointer by Reggie Jackson with 11.2 seconds remaining before Murray hit a pair of free throws.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 124-106 on Tuesday night for their first back-to-back victories since mid-January.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rookie guard Trae Young had 33 points and 12 assists for his 24th double-double of the season, leading Atlanta past New Orleans.
Young finished 12 of 24 from the field, including 5 for 12 from 3-point range, and had one turnover in 31 minutes.