Pacers top Hawks, stay in playoff hunt

April 09, 2008

Mike Dunleavy scored 28 points and the host Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks, 112-98, last night to avoid elimination from the Eastern Conference playoff race.

A win by the Hawks would have knocked the Pacers from playoff contention. Instead, the Pacers are just two games behind the Hawks for the eighth spot.

Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 30 points.

Trail Blazers 112, Lakers 103 -- Brandon Roy had 23 points and 12 assists to lead host Portland to an upset of Los Angeles.

Jazz 77, Hornets 66 -- Mehmet Okur's 22 points and 17 rebounds helped visiting Utah clinch the Northwest Division title.

Suns 127, Grizzlies 113 -- Despite not having an injured Shaquille O'Neal, visiting Phoenix routed Memphis behind Amare Stoudemire's 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Knicks 98, Pistons 94 -- New York built a 23-point halftime lead and hung on to beat host Detroit.

Mavericks 99, SuperSonics 83 -- Jason Terry scored 22 points and Josh Howard added 17 as host Dallas beat Seattle.

Celtics 107, Bucks 104, OT -- Visiting Boston held Milwaukee scoreless the final 1:29 of overtime to win its seventh straight game.

Bobcats 121, Timberwolves 119 -- Jason Richardson scored 36 points as host Charlotte almost blew an 18-point lead against Minnesota.

Heat 95, Bulls 88 -- Kasib Powell scored a career-high 18 points as host Miami ended a seven-game losing streak.

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