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Hayward helps Jazz beat Timberwolves 104-84 (March 31, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Utah Jazzs Gordon Hayward, right, goes to the air before looking to pass as Minnesota Timberwolves Justin Hamilton defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gordon Hayward scored 22 points, reserve Trey Burke had 19 and the Utah Jazz beat the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 104-84 on Monday night.

Trevor Booker had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, which earned its second straight win after a four-game losing streak. Rudy Gobert finished with 15 points and 12 boards.

The Jazz grabbed control with a 14-0 run at the start of the second half.

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Grizzlies beat Kings 97-83 to end three-game skid (March 31, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped their three-game losing streak with a 97-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

The Grizzlies moved back into the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race by a half-game over the Houston Rockets, who lost 99-96 at Toronto.

Zach Randolph added 15 for Memphis, while Courtney Lee scored 10. Marc Gasol had eight points and 11 rebounds, while Kosta Koufos grabbed a season-high 12 boards as the Grizzlies outrebounded Sacramento 45-41.

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DeMar DeRozan's 42 help Raptors extend home reign over Rockets (March 31, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozen (10) struts off the court after sinking a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 99-96 on Monday night, their eighth straight home victory over the Rockets.

DeRozan made a go-ahead turnaround bank shot with 1:27 left, then sealed it with a jumper over James Harden with 18 seconds to go. He made 14 of 27 attempts from the floor and hit 12 of 17 at the free throw line.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 for Toronto, while Lou Williams had 13.

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Carroll, Korver lead Hawks to 101-88 win over Bucks (March 31, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


ATLANTA -- DeMarre Carroll scored 23 points and Kyle Korver put on quite a shooting display in the third quarter, carrying the Atlanta Hawks to a 101-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Having clinched top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are trying to maintain their playing edge while staying healthy for the final two weeks of the regular season. This wasn't pretty -- they put up five airballs -- but it was enough to improve to 56-18, one win away from tying the franchise record.

Korver, who has seemed uncomfortable playing with a protective mask since breaking his nose March 15, missed his first four shots against the Bucks -- all beyond the arc.

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Lakers outlast Sixers in OT, but endanger chances at draft pick (March 31, 2015)
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Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, left, shoots past Philadelphia 76ers' Ish Smith, center, and Furkan Aldemir, of Turkey, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Philadelphia. Los Angeles won 113-111. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA -- Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points and made the tiebreaking basket with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-111 on Monday night in a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams.

Jabari Brown finished with 22 points for the Lakers (20-53). Wayne Ellington added seven of his 20 points in OT, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers up 111-105 with 1:25 left.

Rookie Nerlens Noel led the 76ers (18-57) with 19 points and 14 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the month. He scored six points in the final minute of overtime to tie the game at 111.

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Bradley scores 30, Celtics defeat Hornets 116-104 (March 31, 2015)
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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) celebrates after making a three point basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, March 30, 2015. The Celtics won 116-104. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Avery Bradley says despite a season of ups and downs, he never stopped believing the Boston Celtics were a playoff team.

If the Celtics continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, Bradley might be right.

Bradley had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-104 on Monday night for an important Eastern Conference victory.

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Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and sophomore guard Terry Rozier are planning to enter the NBA draft.

"They're both leaving, yes -- 100 percent," coach Rick Pitino told reporters at a Monday news conference, one day after the Cardinals were stopped short of the Final Four by Michigan State. "And it's the right thing to do for both of them."

Harrell, a preseason All-American, averaged 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds for Louisville.

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Meralco Bolts import Josh Davis. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts try to draw first blood in Game One as they open their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Tip-off is set at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

The two squads took different paths on their way to the semifinals. Top-seed Rain or Shine enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage in their quarterfinal matchup against eighth seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, but the Elasto Painters needed to grind out a victory against the Gin Kings in a controversial game which saw the PBA sanction one referee for a crucial missed call.

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Patrick Beverley, who needs season-ending wrist surgery, is the latest player the Rockets have lost due to injury. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Houston Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley will undergo season-ending wrist surgery Tuesday.

The Rockets announced Monday that Beverley needs the surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Beverley injured the wrist on March 23 against Indiana and sought second opinions regarding playing through the injury or having surgery.

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Lim takes over Ginebra; Tenorio-Pringle trade brewing (March 31, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]


BARANGAY Ginebra’s early exit in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup has triggered changes in the coaching staff, as expected, with Frankie Lim taking over from Ato Agustin.

But what’s stunning are trade rumors that, according to a reliable source, could involve national team point guard LA Tenorio.

Despite a high-profile roster, the underachieving Gin Kings bombed out of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday following a heartbreaking 92-91 loss to Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals.

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