Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Hawks top Celtics, move closer to playoff berth

Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Kyle Korver added 17, and the Atlanta Hawks helped their playoff chances with a 105-97 home victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night.

With four games remaining in the regular season, Atlanta increased its lead to two games over the New York Knicks for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Avery Bradley finished with 24 points, and Rajon Rondo had 19 points with 12 assists for Boston, which has lost nine straight.

Pacers 104, Bucks 102 - Chris Copeland's driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave Indiana a victory in Milwaukee and moved the Pacers back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Copeland finished with a season-high 18 points. Luis Scola also recorded a season high with 24 points, and former 76er Evan Turner added 23 for Indiana, which benched all of its usual starters for the entire game.

Coach Frank Vogel made the move after saying his team looked tired after a 107-88 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

Bobcats 94, Wizards 88 - Kemba Walker made the only field goal for either team in overtime, and visiting Charlotte won its fifth straight and moved into position for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Walker made a three-pointer and a pair of free throws in the extra session, and Al Jefferson added two free throws to account for all of the Bobcats' post-regulation scoring. Washington was 0 for 8 from the field and got its only point from a free throw by John Wall.

- Associated Press

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