Raptors beat Bucks; Bobcats clinch playoff berth
Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) shoots the ball between Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard D.J. Stephens (15) during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Photo by Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Raptors 102, Bucks 98
Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors pulled away late for a road victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The lead changed hands nine times over the first seven minutes of the last quarter with the Raptors finally building some separation on guard Greivis Vasquez's three-pointer with 5:24 to play.
The Raptors shot 44 percent from the field but made 12 of 27 from long distance and were 18-for-22 from the free throw line.
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Bobcats 96, Cavaliers 94 (OT)
All-Star guard Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 44 points for Cleveland, but it was not enough as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Cavaliers in overtime to secure a playoff spot.
The Bobcats (39-38) will be in the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history. The other came in 2009-2010.
Center Al Jefferson paced the Bobcats with 24 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. His free throw with 2.3 seconds left gave the Bobcats a two-point final margin.
The loss just about extinguished Cleveland's playoff hopes as the Cavaliers dropped to 31-47 with four to play.
It was the Cavs' eighth overtime game this season, a franchise record. They are 5-3 in those games. The Bobcats improved to 4-3 in OT.
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Magic 100, Timberwolves 92
Rookie reserve guard Victor Oladipo had 16 points, including 10 in the decisive fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic (22-55) snapped a three-game losing streak.
The lead changed hands five times in the fourth quarter, before Oladipo hit a three-pointer with 4:03 remaining to give Orlando the lead for good.
The Timberwolves, who beat the Miami Heat in double overtime on Friday, were without their three leading scorers, Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic.