Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 30, 2008
ATLANTA ó Marvin Williams scored 27 points and Joe Johnson had 23 to help Atlanta win its third straight.
The Hawks increased their lead over New Jersey to 21/2 games for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
New York dropped to 7-29 on the road and has lost two straight and seven of eight overall.
Johnson also had a season-high 13 assists for the Hawks.
Celtics 88, Heat 62
BOSTON ó Kevin Garnett scored twice before Miami made a basket, and the Boston Celtics held the Heat to an NBA-record low 17 field goals, coasting to an 88-62 victory Sunday.
The matchup of the NBA’s best team and its worst was even more lopsided than anticipated. Boston was up 27-4 after 10 minutes.
Spurs 109, Rockets 88
SAN ANTONIO ó Tony Parker and Michael Finley scored 22 points apiece and the San Antonio Spurs cruised to its seventh straight victory.
The much-hyped matchup between the Southwest Division rivals turned out to be more of a dud. The Spurs had the lead for nearly the entire game and led by as many as 25 points.
Houston came into San Antonio having won two in a row and 29 of its last 33 games ó highlighted by its 22-game winning streak.
T’wolves 110, Jazz 103
MINNEAPOLIS ó Al Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds and Rashad McCants scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half for Minnesota.
Carlos Boozer had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the short-handed Jazz, who are nearly unbeatable at home but just 16-22 on the road this year.
Hornets 118, Raptors 111
TORONTO ó David West scored 32 points and Chris Paul had 20 points and 16 assists to lead New Orleans to its 50th victory.
The Hornets reached 50 wins for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Cavaliers 91, 76ers 88
CLEVELAND ó LeBron James made a twisting bank shot with 19.3 seconds left to put Cleveland ahead to stay.
James finished with 26 points.
Bobcats 93, Blazers 88
PORTLAND, Ore. ó Even the Bobcats had to admit it, beating the Trail Blazers was unusual given that Portland had nearly twice the rebounds that Charlotte did.
Emeka Okafor scored 21 points and Jason Richardson added 20 for the Bobcats in a 93-85 victory over the Blazers on Saturday.
The Bobcats wrapped up their four-game road trip at 3-1. They were coming off a 96-93 victory over the SuperSonics in Seattle on Friday night.
Okafor played in his 84th consecutive game for the Bobcats, breaking the record of 83 set by Melvin Ely from November 2004 to November 2005.