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March 15, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tyler Zeller scored 18 points, three other Celtics added 16 and Boston snapped the Indiana Pacers’ seven-game winning streak with a 93-89 victory Saturday night.

The Celtics have won four straight and moved into a tie for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot. Indiana is seventh.

George Hill scored a season-high 30 points for Indiana. C.J. Miles had 13.

GRIZZLIES 96, BUCKS 83

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Courtney Lee scored 17 points, Jeff Green and Zach Randolph added 15 apiece, and Memphis beat Milwaukee.

Beno Udrih, starting in place of the injured Mike Conley, had 14 points as Memphis ended a two-game losing streak. Marc Gasol finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 19 points, shooting 7 of 10. Khris Middleton finished with 17, while Zaza Pachulia scored 14. Ersan Ilyasova added 12 for Milwaukee, which lost its second straight and ninth in the last 12.

Memphis went 8 of 14 from 3-point range, with Vince Carter and Lee each making two.

WARRIORS 125, KNICKS 94

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Stephen Curry dazzled for 25 points and 11 assists playing on his 27th birthday, and Golden State beat New York for its eighth straight home victory.

Curry ended the first half with a contested 3-pointer from the top of the arc as he leaned in and let it go, legs off balance. He finished 6 of 10 on 3s.

Klay Thompson added 27 points with six 3s, and the Splash Brothers combined for 29 points by halftime to highlight a 47-point second quarter that blew open the game.

Andrea Bargnani had 18 points for the Knicks and Alexey Shved added 14.

WIZARDS 113, KINGS 97

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 31 points and 12 assists, Paul Pierce scored 17 points, and Washington rallied from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Sacramento.

Reserve Rasual Butler and Bradley Beal scored 14 points apiece for the Wizards, who have won three straight and five of seven.

DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points, 21 in the first half, for the Kings before fouling out with 5:34 left.

Ramon Sessions’ 3-pointer gave Washington its first lead of the night, 89-88 with 10:11 left. Butler scored five straight to make it 94-88 and Wall’s 3-pointer eventually capped a 16-0 run.

The Kings, playing the second of a back-to-back, finished 2-6 on their eight-game road trip.

NETS 94, 76ERS 87

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thaddeus Young scored 21 points and Brooklyn ended a five-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia.

Joe Johnson added 15 points and Jarrett Jack contributed 12 for the Nets, who moved within three games of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn had allowed 106.6 points per game during its poor run.

Nerlens Noel scored 17 points for Philadelphia. Isaiah Canaan added 13 and Hollis Thompson had 12.

The Nets extended their eight-point lead to open the fourth quarter to as many as 11 early in the period. Philadelphia battled back within two points twice down the stretch before Brooklyn held on.

JAZZ 88, PISTONS 85

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derrick Favors scored 26 points and blocked four shots, and Utah beat Detroit for its season-high fifth consecutive victory.

The Pistons lost their 10th in a row.

The Jazz ran their offense through Favors for much of Saturday night. Rudy Gobert had 10 points, 19 rebounds and two blocked shots, while the rookie backcourt of Dante Exum and Rodney Hood combined for 20 points.

Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 16 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. Anthony Tolliver added 14 points off the bench.

The anticipated Gobert-Andre Drummond matchup didn’t materialize after the Pistons center was diagnosed with a concussion and didn’t play after halftime.

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