NBA roundup: Atlanta on a roll
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 24, 2009
ATLANTA ó Flip Murray scored a season-best 30 points, and Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson each added 20 as the Atlanta Hawks won their season-high eighth straight home game, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-97 on Monday night.
The Hawks are 28-7 at Philips Arena.
They have three tough ones at home coming up starting Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, then Friday night against Boston and Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Celtics 90, Clippers 77
BOSTON ó Ray Allen scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics, sparked by an alley-oop dunk from Kevin Garnett, pulled away against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Rajon Rondo added 14 points and seven assists.
Garnett played 18 minutes in his third game back since missing 13 with a sprained right knee.
Magic 106, Knicks 102
NEW YORK ó Dwight Howard had 29 points and 14 rebounds to lead Orlando.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 of his 16 points in the final period for the Magic, which lowered its magic number to one to clinch a second straight division title.
Heat 94, Grizzlies 82
MIAMI ó Dwyane Wade scored 27 points to top his own Miami single-season scoring record, and he had eight assists.
Wade now has 2,064 points this season, 24 more than his previous best, set in the 2005-06 championship season.
Bulls 101, Wizards 99
WASHINGTON ó Ben Gordon scored seven of his 21 points in the final 31/2 minutes, and Chicago nearly stumbled again in its mediocre march toward the playoffs.
Antawn Jamison, who had 34 points and 12 rebounds, missed a 40-footer at the buzzer.
The Bulls won for the fourth time in five games and opened up a 11/2-game lead over the ninth-place Charlotte Bobcats.
Charlotte returns to action Wednesday at Washington.
n Gilbert Arenas could make his season debut for the Wizards this weekend against Detroit. Surgery on his left knee ó his third in 18 months ó has kept him sidelined.