Hawks clinch top seed in East
ATLANTA – DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and Atlanta clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 99-86 victory over Miami on Friday night.
The Hawks wrapped up the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage in the conference playoffs when Brooklyn beat Cleveland 106-98.
Paul Millsap had 21 points and Al Horford had 15 for Atlanta, which never trailed despite playing without injured guard Jeff Teague.
The hard work paid off for this team," said point guard Dennis Schroeder, whose double-double in a fill-in start for Teague was the latest example of the depth that lifted the Hawks to the top of the conference.
Miami, which is seventh in the East, had won four of six games but fell behind early with cold shooting against the Hawks. Dwyane Wade had 13 points after missing one game because of a swollen left knee.
•CLIPPERS HANDLE SIXERS: Chris Paul scored 25 points, DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds, and the Clippers cruised to a 119-98 win over the 76ers. Rookie Nerlens Noel had a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds for Philadelphia.
•NETS STOP CAVS' STREAK: Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points, and Brooklyn stopped Cleveland's four-game winning streak with a 106-98 victory. Kevin Love had 18 points and seven rebounds.
•WARRIORS WIN 60TH: Stephen Curry had 38 points and 10 assists and Golden State won its 60th game, matching a franchise record, 107-84 over Memphis. Teammate Klay Thompson finished with 28 points.
•SPURS RIP MAVS: Boris Diaw scored 19 points, helping San Antonio pull away from Dallas 94-76. Danny Green had 14 points for the Spurs, Tiago Splitter 13 and Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard 12 each.
•CELTICS HOLD OFF KNICKS: Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points as Boston held off New York 96-92.
•RAPTORS CLINCH ATLANTIC: The Raptors clinched their second consecutive Atlantic Division title, beating the Lakers 94-83 behind 19 points from Jonas Valanciunas and 18 from Lou Williams.
•PELICANS REBOUND: Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists as New Orleans stopped a four-game losing streak, beating the Kings 102-88.