Raptors roll, assure Cavs of East's No. 2 seed

Cleveland suffered their second overtime defeat in as many days, having squandered a 26-point fourth-quarter lead in a stunning loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. As they fiddled with rotations, working to embrace some new faces to the second unit, the Cavs' defense began to slide. Tavares, who spent most of the year in the D-League, scored six points and added 10 rebounds and six blocks.

However, replays showed that in calling the jumpball, the refs also missed the Millsap and Bazemore were both out of bounds when they tied up Irving.

It could be make or break for the Cleveland Cavaliers when they play against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night later this week, as they need to win and for results to go their way if they are to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. James and Paul George matched either shot for shot.

The Bulls crushed the Orlando Magic, 122-75, and at 40-41 have the same record as Miami with one game remaining for each.

With Chicago blowing out Orlando at home, IN winning IN Philadelphia and Milwaukee beating Charlotte at home Monday night, the Heat (40-41) needs to win Wednesday night's season finale against Washington and a loss by either the Pacers or Bulls Wednesday to make the playoffs. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot paced the Sixers with 24 points and Richaun Holmes had 17 points.

The 36-year-old Jones made a significant contribution in last year's Finals, when Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun Golden State.

The Toronto Raptors finally won a game against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, with an eye toward four more in the playoffs. "But, yeah, I probably should have called time out".

"Steph, I just wanted to give him his usual run, but I didn't want him to finish the game", Kerr said.

Miami survived despite two Cleveland four-point plays in overtime, including one by Williams with 34 seconds left that put the Heat down one.

After a quiet first half, Durant scored eight points in the third quarter, including an explosive move past Jazz guard Dante Exum for a dunk.

He was injured Monday against the Heat. We chased the No. 1 seed, we lost two games to Hawks that we should've won, but we didn't. Phoenix is 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers - who have two games remaining - and will have better draft lottery positioning by staying behind Los Angeles. "But I think we're just ready for Wednesday to come and go and get ready for the weekend". "Credit to my teammates. But we fought back". It must be noted, however, that the Cavs are 0-7 this season when LeBon does not play.

"I'm going to do what's best for our team, not what's best for our record", Brooks said. It's also Fan Appreciation Night.

There are nine National Basketball Association games on tap for Monday, April 10.

Markieff Morris added 20 points for the Wizards, while Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 22. "If we get to them early enough, we can hopefully keep them on the right track to a bigger and brighter future for themselves and their families". Cleveland is just one game ahead of the Toronto Raptors for second place with one contest left on the schedule. "We burned out everything in the first half", Spoelstra said.

  • Julie Sanders