NBA roundup: Bulls clinch No. 1 seed in the East

Published: Friday, April 8 2011 11:54 p.m. MDT

CLEVELAND — Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 93-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. The Bulls hadn't finished with the best record in the East since 1997-98, the most recent of their six NBA championships in the Michael Jordan era.

HEAT 112, BOBCATS 103: Chris Bosh had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade returned from injury to score 27 and help Miami maintain its tie with Boston for No. 2 in the East.

CELTICS 104, WIZARDS 88: Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 14 assists, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett also had double-doubles for Boston.

KNICKS 116, NETS 93: Carmelo Anthony had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and New York ended a franchise-worst streak of nine straight losing seasons with its sixth consecutive victory. The Knicks completed its first sweep of the Nets since winning all three meetings in the shortened 1999 season.

76ERS 98, RAPTORS 93: Elton Brand scored 22 points and Thaddeus Young had 20 to help Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak. Andre Iguodala scored 16 points for the Sixers, who have already clinched their first playoff appearance in two years.

PACERS 114, HAWKS 102: Danny Granger scored 28 points to help Indiana remain locked into the No. 8 playoff spot in the East. Darren Collison had 16 points and 10 assists, and Roy Hibbert added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.

PISTONS 110, BUCKS 100: Chris Wilcox scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Rodney Stuckey added 22 points for the Pistons, including four straight free throws in the final minutes to help Detroit win its second straight.

GRIZZLIES 101, KINGS 96: Zach Randolph had 27 points and 15 rebounds and the Grizzlies clinched the Western Conference's final playoff spot. Randolph's two free throws with 4.8 seconds left sealed the victory for Memphis, who head to the postseason for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

HORNETS 109, SUNS 97: Willie Green hit his first 12 shots and finished with a season-high 31 points to lead the New Orleans. Green made a 3-pointer soon after entering midway through the first quarter and made all five of his shots in the second quarter, one in the third quarter and put the Suns away with five more in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter.

THUNDER 104, NUGGETS 89: Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 17 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets for their second win this week over their potential first-round playoff opponent. The Thunder handed Denver its only home loss since the Carmelo Anthony trade and now has the two biggest wins against the new-look Nuggets.

MAVERICKS 107, CLIPPERS 96: Corey Brewer took advantage of a rare start by scoring 20 points and Peja Stojakovic scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, lifting the Mavericks to keep their hold on the Western Conference playoff race.

TRAIL BLAZERS 93, LAKERS 86: LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points and all four additional starters reaching double digits, including 18 points from Wesley Matthews.

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