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Milwaukee's Drew Gooden, center, passes to a teammate while Miami's Zydrunas Ilgauskas defends in Wednesday night's game.

NBA standings

MIAMI — John Salmons scored 17 points, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 90-85 on Wednesday night.

The loss knocked Miami (54-24) a half-game back of Boston in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Carlos Delfino's 3-pointer with 24 seconds left helped seal it for the Bucks. Milwaukee was eliminated from playoff contention during the game, thanks to Indiana's win over Washington.

LeBron James scored 29 points for Miami, which played without injured guard Dwyane Wade, the NBA's No. 3 scorer.

THUNDER 112, CLIPPERS 108: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and Oklahoma City clinched the Northwest Division title. The Thunder won the first division crown for the franchise since 2005, when they were known as the Seattle SuperSonics.

Blake Griffin had 35 points and 11 rebounds in the second visit to his hometown in his NBA career.

HORNETS 101, ROCKETS 93: At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 28 points and 10 assists, and New Orleans clinched a playoff spot.

PACERS 136, WIZARDS 112: At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 25 points, and Indiana clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2006.

The Pacers needed a win and a Charlotte loss to Orlando to clinch a spot in the postseason. As the Pacers' game ended, the Orlando-Charlotte game was in overtime, and the Conseco Fieldhouse staff put the game on the Jumbotron. Many fans stayed to cheer to the Magic on to a 111-102 win.

Paul George scored a career-high 23 points and Darren Collison added 15 points and 11 assists for the Pacers, who posted their second-highest point total of the season.

NUGGETS 104, MAVERICKS 96: At Dallas, J.R. Smith broke a tie in the final minutes with a layup and immediately followed with a jumper, lifting Denver past short-handed Dallas.

MAGIC 111, BOBCATS 102: At Charlotte, N.C., Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points, and Orlando overcame Quentin Richardson's ejection and Dwight Howard's 18th technical foul to eliminate the Bobcats from playoff contention.

Gerald Henderson scored a career-high 32 points for the Bobcats.

KNICKS 97, 76ERS 92: At Philadelphia, Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Amare Stoudemire scored 18 points and New York moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

SPURS 124, KINGS 92: At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 25 points and the Spurs improved their NBA-best record to 60-19 and clinched the No. 1 seed in the West after the Lakers lost to Golden State.

CAVALIERS 104, RAPTORS 96: At Toronto, J.J. Hickson scored 28 points to lead Cleveland past Toronto.

PISTONS 116, NETS 109: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Richard Hamilton scored 25 points and Rodney Stuckey added 22 to lead Detroit.

Brook Lopez scored a career-high 39 points for New Jersey.

SUNS 108, TIMBERWOLVES 98: At Minneapolis, Marcin Gortat scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Phoenix dropped Minnesota.

WARRIORS 95, LAKERS 87: At Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis scored 26 points, David Lee had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Golden State held on to beat the suddenly sluggish Los Angeles Lakers.