Spurs 111, Jazz 102
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Richard Jefferson scored 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs began resting up with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference secured, beating the Utah Jazz 111-102 on Saturday night.
The Spurs (61-19) have two games left and are 1½ games ahead of Chicago for the NBA’s best record. DeJuan Blair had 12 points starting in place of Antonio McDyess, who got the night off. Coach Gregg Popovich said he won’t be overplaying anybody through the next week.
Al Jefferson led Utah with 23 points. The Jazz lost for the 10th time in 11 games, unable to pull a second upset this week after beating the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bucks 108, Cavaliers 101
MILWAUKEE — Drew Gooden had his first career triple-double and John Salmons scored 32 points for Milwaukee.
Gooden had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the Bucks, hitting double-digits in all three stat categories in the middle of the third quarter.
Baron Davis scored 19 points and Ramon Sessions added 15 for the Cavaliers in a matchup between two teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Although the game certainly didn’t mean anything in terms of the playoffs, Gooden — who missed a large chunk of the season due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot — showed the Bucks what he can do when he’s healthy.
Rockets 99, Clippers 78
HOUSTON — Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin and Brad Miller scored 16 points apiece and Chuck Hayes had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Houston.
Goran Dragic had 14 points, seven assists and a career-high 10 rebounds in his first start for the Rockets since he was acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline.
The Rockets played well one night after they were eliminated from playoff contention. They also played without injured starters Kyle Lowry (bone bruise in left foot) and Luis Scola (sore left knee).
Eric Gordon scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers.
Wizards 115, Hawks 83
WASHINGTON — Andray Blatche scored 23 points, John Wall had 19, and Washington dealt playoff-bound Atlanta its fourth straight loss.
The reeling Hawks, who are set to play Orlando in the first round, are heading into the postseason in less than ideal shape.
The Wizards broke a 12-game losing streak against Atlanta, have won four of six and are probably playing their best this season. They have just 10 healthy players — including five rookies and three who played in the NBA D-League this season.
Al Horford led the Hawks with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Joe Johnson had 16 as coach Larry Drew pulled his starters early in the fourth quarter.
DENVER — Ty Lawson made his first 10 3-pointers Saturday night and scored a career-high 37 points in leading the short-handed Denver Nuggets to a 130-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Lawson, who was banged up from Denver’s rough-and-tumble loss at Oklahoma City one night before, didn’t score until sinking a pair of free throws at the 6-minute mark of the second quarter.
He then hit 10 of 11 from beyond the arc, including six during a 9-minute stretch spanning halftime that turned a tight game (41-39) into a laugher.
Martell Webster and Lazar Hayward led the Timberwolves with 15 points each. Minnesota was without injured All-Star Kevin Love (groin) and center Darko Milicic (left ankle) again.
Spurs 111, Jazz 102