Raptors defeat slumping Pacers
Terrence Ross scored 24 points to lead the shorthanded Raptors to a 102-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday in Toronto.
Jonas Valanciunas added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who earned their fifth win in six games despite missing starters Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson.
Paul George had 26 points to top the Pacers.
There was a postseason vibe to Friday's Eastern Conference matchup between teams that could potentially meet in the second round of the playoffs.
The Pacers had led the East all season until a recent slide. The playoff-bound Raptors entered the night third.
Wizards 90, Knicks 89 - Bradley Beal sank a pull-up jumper with 22 seconds left, and J.R. Smith missed a long-range shot at the buzzer as New York fell out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with the loss to the visiting Wizards. The Knicks dropped a game behind the Hawks and into ninth place in the East.
Grizzlies 100, Nuggets 92 - Marc Gasol had 24 points, Mike Conley scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Memphis kept its playoff hopes alive with a home victory over Denver.
Hawks 117, Cavaliers 98 - Mike Scott exploded for 26 points on 12-of-13 shooting off the bench as Atlanta cruised past visiting Cleveland to stay in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Lou Williams scored 16 points for the Hawks, who moved a game in front of the Knicks for the No. 8 spot in the East.
Timberwolves 122, Heat 121 - Kevin Love had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Minnesota outlasted Miami in double overtime. LeBron James had 34 points for Miami, which fell back into a virtual tie with Indiana for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Timberwolves were officially eliminated from postseason contention with a win by Memphis earlier in the night. - Associated Press