Friday, March 7

Chicago at Boston (6 p.m.). Kevin Garnett of the Celtics needs 23 points to reach 20,000 for his career.



—LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 50 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds to lead Cleveland to a 119-105 victory over the New York Knicks.

—Jason Richardson, Bobcats, scored 42 points and Charlotte beat Golden State 118-109.

—Chris Paul, Hornets, had 23 points and 18 assists in a 116-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.


Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 31 points to lead Boston to a bruising 90-78 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night and the Celtics became the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff berth and also earned the homecourt tiebreaker over their closest competitor.


Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets got their franchise-record 16th straight win, a 117-99 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night. The Rockets are 4-0 since losing Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture in his foot and have won 20 of their last 21 games, and own the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.