Knicks 90, Pacers 80
Carmelo Anthony and his sore left shoulder will probably get the night off Monday.
New York has earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and with it the chance the rest some aching bodies.
Anthony scored 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting against the rugged Indiana defense, and the Knicks wrapped up the second spot with a win over the Pacers on Sunday.
The Knicks are back on the court Monday at Charlotte, but Anthony doesn't think he'll be joining them with nothing left to play for in the regular season.
"I always said today was a real important game for us to come in and lock down (the No. 2 seed)," Anthony said. "It was a big game for us so now guys can get their rest, I can get my rest and come back full speed ready for the playoffs."
Chris Copeland added 20 points and J.R. Smith had 15 for the Knicks, who will host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend. New York is guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference.
Anthony didn't play in the fourth quarter, ending his streak of 30-point games at seven, after he bruised his left shoulder when he was fouled by Sam Young in the third. Anthony had gone to the scorer's table to check back in with around 4 minutes left, but was called back to the bench after Raymond Felton's basket pushed the lead back to 12.
The Knicks won for the 15th time in 16 games and locked up their highest seed since they were also a No. 2 in 1994.
"It's a good feeling to be in this position, to have home-court advantage for two rounds if we're lucky enough to make it that far," Felton said. "And just setting goals early in the year and accomplishing them is really big. We're definitely happy now, not satisfied, though."
Lance Stephenson scored 22 points and David West had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who came into the game with a chance to catch the Knicks for second but had to settle for wrapping up No. 3 after Brooklyn lost 93-87 at Toronto.
The Pacers committed 26 turnovers that led to 33 points and shot 61.5 percent at the free throw line, losing for the fourth time in five games with a sloppy offensive performance. Coach Frank Vogel will rest some of his players, too, noting Paul George's 1-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Anthony leads the NBA with 9.0 points per first quarter, and got there Sunday in just 2 minutes, 20 seconds. He finished with 13 points in the period as New York led 23-15.
Copeland hit consecutive 3-pointers during a 15-2 spurt early in the second, and the lead grew to 41-21 on Novak's 3-pointer with 7:03 remaining in the half. The Knicks still led by 15 with 3½ minutes left, but Indiana turned to an effective zone defense and scored seven straight to get back into it, cutting it to 47-40 at halftime.
Heat 105, Bulls 93
LeBron James scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and Miami set a franchise record for home wins in a season.
Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 15 for Miami, which improved to 36-4 at home — topping the 35-6 mark by the 2004-05 Heat.
Miami held Chicago without a 2-point basket for the first 16 minutes of the second half, with the Bulls relying almost exclusively on 3-pointers.
Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped Miami's 27-game winning streak last month. Chicago finished with 29 field goals and 30 fouls, allowing the Heat to shoot a season-high 41 free throws.
The loss keeps Chicago in the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference. Miami has wrapped up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Lakers 91, Spurs 86
Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter to beat San Antonio in its first game since losing Kobe Bryant for the season.
Steve Blake scored 23 points for the Lakers (44-37), who lead Utah (42-38) by 1½ games for the eighth postseason spot in the West after their seventh win in eight games. Bryant limped off the Staples Center floor with a torn Achilles tendon Friday night.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who have lost six straight road games.
San Antonio (58-22) is likely to finish second in the West behind Oklahoma City (59-21), which holds the tiebreaker.
Raptors 93, Nets 87
DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points, Rudy Gay had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Toronto never trailed in beating Brooklyn for its third straight victory.
Amir Johnson had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who hadn't won three straight since a five-game winning streak from Feb. 8 to 19.
DeRozan scored 14 in the fourth quarter and finished 9-for-9 at the free throw line, converting a vital pair in the final 15 seconds.
Deron Williams scored 30 points, Brook Lopez had 16 and Andray Blatche 15 for the Nets, who will be the No. 4 seed in the East.
Nuggets 118, Trail Blazers 109
Andre Iguodala scored 28 points and Denver beat short-handed Portland to set an NBA franchise record with its 55th win.
Rookie Evan Fournier added 24 points for the Nuggets, who also extended their franchise-best winning streak at home to 22 straight to move a game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis for the third seed in the West.
The Nuggets went 54-28 in both 1987-88 and 2008-09, when they reached the conference finals. They are 37-3 at home — also a team best since joining the NBA 37 years ago.
Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points.
Rockets 121, Kings 100
James Harden had 29 points and nine assists, Omer Asik had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Houston cruised to a win over Sacramento in its regular-season home finale.
Jeremy Lin added 15 points for the Rockets, who've won nine of their last 12 home games heading into the playoffs.
The Rockets climbed to sixth place in the Western Conference. They have the same record as Golden State (45-35) but own the tiebreaker after winning the season series with the Warriors 3-1. Houston plays Phoenix on Monday and finishes the regular season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
John Salmons scored 14 points and Isaiah Thomas had 10 points and 10 assists for the Kings.
Mavericks 107, Hornets 89
Shawn Marion had 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 to become the 17th NBA player to surpass 25,000 career points, leading Dallas past New Orleans.
Brandan Wright and Vince Carter added 16 points for Mavericks (40-40), who reached the .500 mark for the first time since they were 11-11 in mid-December. They had lost by double digits in their three previous chances to even their record.
Ryan Anderson led the cold-shooting Hornets with 20 points, but he was only 8-of-20 from the floor. Eric Gordon added 15 points, and Robin Lopez had 10 points and 13 rebounds. New Orleans shot 39.7 percent in its final home game and trailed by as much as 27.
76ers 91, Cavaliers 77
Dorell Wright scored 15 points and Thaddeus Young had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Philadelphia over Cleveland.
Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday each added 14 points for the 76ers, who raced to a 19-point lead in the first half and sent the Cavaliers to their fourth straight loss.
Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Kevin Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while All-Star guard Kyrie Irving had only four points in 18 minutes.
The Sixers finished 23-18 at home and are 33-47 overall a year after winning 35 games and a round in the playoffs during the lockout-shortened season.
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