Hardaway Jr., Hawks stun champion Cavs 114-100
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 23:01
Westbrook fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
"After halftime my left knee just started kind of flaring up", said Irving, who finished with 18 points and seven assists.
The Cavs' four-game winning streak was snapped in stunning fashion.
The Cavaliers had the chance to move closer to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference but they blew it.
Cleveland still has the upper hand for the top seed back east. At just 23 years old, Schröder has blossomed in his fourth National Basketball Association season, leading the Hawks in scoring (18.1 per game) and assists (6.3 per game - 16th in the league).
It was a shocking letdown by the Cavs, who were so impressive in a win over the Celtics on Wednesday night. If you turn the ball over against IN, it puts you IN a bad situation defensively, because they are going to take advantage of it, and they did.
LeBron James scored 27 and Kyrie Irving 18 for Cleveland, which was in a funk for most of the night but took an 87-85 lead in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Korver. And he continued to set historic marks with another 30-point effort.
The Bulls are locked in a neck-and-neck race with in for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with identical records of 39-40 following the Pacers' win on Thursday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mike Conley scored 31 points and Memphis clinched the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference with a victory over short-handed NY.
Conley was 12 of 17 from the field, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range. The Grizzlies will face second-seeded San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs. Atlanta's reserves scored 55 points to only 21 for Cleveland's bench unit.
The Celtics launched 43 3-pointers, but made only 15 (34.9 percent). Harden missed another 3-point attempt, and Johnson added the free throws to make it 112-107. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George had 23 points and 10 rebounds and IN beat Milwaukee to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Denver Nuggets prevailed 122-106 over the New Orleans Pelicans, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 120-113 to the Utah Jazz, the Memphis Grizzlies were too good for the New York Knicks 101-88 and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 98-94.
The Heat, who are out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, dropped one game behind both the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers, who occupy the final two playoff berths. The Pelicans were eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday in a home loss to the Nuggets. One of the most glaring stats was on the boards, where the Celtics were outrebounded 52-38. But Houston made the next six points to extend its lead to 93-81. "Dunleavy comes off the bench and scores 20 points".
Cleveland erased a double-digit second quarter deficit to take a 67-58 lead with 6:54 left in the third quarter. Occasionally he shows bursts of power, such as his 22 point, 20 rebound performance against Philly on March 29, but more often than not he looks like a star on the decline - more out of disinterest than anything.
Brandon Ingram had 14 points and D'Angelo Russell scored 13 for the Lakers. The Spurs entertain the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns beat Oklahoma City earlier Friday. The Lakers have only three games remaining.