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March 29, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Golden State Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory on Saturday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Klay Thompson added 21 for Golden State, which also set a franchise record with its 60th victory of the season. The Warriors hold a 10-game lead over second-place Memphis in the West with nine games left in the regular season.

Khris Middleton had 14 points for Milwaukee, which fell back under .500 at 36-37 after winning two straight.


CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago handed New York its franchise-record 60th loss.

A night after tying the team’s previous single-season loss mark, the Knicks dropped their seventh straight and 14th in 16 games.

Jimmy Butler scored 18 for Chicago.

The rookie Mirotic had another strong game, finishing five points shy of his career high. Gasol recorded his league-leading 48th double-double as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.

The Bulls, who led by 20 at halftime, fell four points short of their most lopsided victory of the season. They pulled within two games of Central Division leader Cleveland and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of fourth-place Toronto in the Eastern Conference.

Andrea Bargnani led New York with 14 points and seven rebounds.


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Charlotte beat an Atlanta team missing all five starters.

Gerald Henderson scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, and Mo Williams hit four 3-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak.

Marvin Williams chipped in with 17 points for Charlotte (31-41), which moved back within a game of eighth place in the tight Eastern Conference.

Kent Bazemore scored 20 points and Dennis Schroder had 17 points and 11 assists for the Hawks, who sat all five starters one night after clinching the top seed in the East playoffs.

DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Paul Millsap were given a night to rest, while Jeff Teague sat out with a sprained ankle for Atlanta (55-18). Bazemore, Mike Muscala, John Jenkins and Elton Brand started alongside Schroder.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trey Burke scored 22 points off the bench to held Utah rally from a 16-point deficit and beat Oklahoma City.

The Jazz needed extra offense with Derrick Favors sidelined with back spasms and Burke provided it.

The Thunder were poised for a blowout as Russell Westbrook scored 13 first-quarter points and Oklahoma City led by 16 early in the second quarter. Utah quieted Westbrook and outscored the Thunder 55-29 over the next quarter and a half to take a 10-point lead into the fourth.

Gordon Hayward scored 17 and Rudy Gobert added 13 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

Westbrook warmed back up in the fourth and ended the night with 37 points, six assists and eight rebounds. Enes Kanter had 18 and 11 rebounds against his former team.


PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Portland beat Denver for its third consecutive victory.

Portland increased its Northwest Division lead to 6 1/2 games over second-place Oklahoma City, which lost to Utah 94-89. The Blazers have 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Thunder nine.

Aldridge shot 6 of 8 and scored 16 points during the third quarter to help Portland increase a five-point halftime lead to 86-78.

Arron Afflalo scored 21 points, his Portland high since he was acquired from Denver on Feb. 19. Nicolas Batum added 15 points and Chris Kaman 14 for the Blazers.

Jameer Nelson scored 22 and Randy Foye 17 as Denver had seven players reach double figures.

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