Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - J.R. Smith put on a record-setting performance from beyond the arc on Sunday, setting a Knicks record with 10 made 3-pointers in a 102-91 loss to the Miami Heat. Smith also set a pair of NBA records, with 22 attempts from long distance in a single game and 24 made 3-pointers over a three-game span. He ended with 32 points. LeBron James led Miami with 38 points and six assists. Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh added 15 and 14 points, respectively for the Heat, who sit a half- game ahead of the Pacers for first place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana plays Atlanta later Sunday. Miami was without the services of Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Greg Oden (back) and Chris Andersen (back/knee). Raymond Felton had 15 points and five assists for New York, which sits 1 1/2 games behind the Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Carmelo Anthony, who played with a sore shoulder, added 13 points and six assists.
Final Score: LA Clippers 120, LA Lakers 97
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul and Blake Griffin netted 23 points apiece as the Los Angeles Clippers routed their crosstown rival Lakers, 120-97, on Sunday to clinch homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs. After dropping the season opener to the Lakers, the playoff-bound Clippers easily took the next three games, outscoring them by an average of 35.7 points to take the season series, 3-1. Six Clippers reached double figures in this one, with J.J. Redick pouring in 15 in his first start since returning to the court. The sharpshooter from Duke missed 25 games while dealing with a bulging disc in his back. Darren Collison scored 14 points in a reserve role while DeAndre Jordan added 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Jordan Hill paced the Lakers in their fourth straight loss with 22 points and nine rebounds. Nick Young scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half, playing limited minutes down the stretch with a sore left knee and ankle, and Kendall Marshall handed out 11 assists.
Final Score: Atlanta 107, Indiana 88
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Teague scored 25 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 107-88 drubbing over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Pero Antic added a career-high 18 points and Paul Millsap deposited 17 points with 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won two straight. Atlanta now leads New York by two games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have six games remaining on their schedule, while the Knicks have just four left. Paul George netted 18 points to lead Indiana, which dug itself a huge hole in the first half en route to the blowout loss. David West finished with 13 points and George Hill had 12 for the Pacers. Indiana dropped one game back of the Miami Heat for the top seed in the East after the Heat downed the Knicks earlier in the day. The Heat and Pacers have a pivotal matchup on Friday that could very well decide who receives the No. 1 seed spot entering the playoffs.
Final Score: Dallas 93, Sacramento 91
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis poured in 23 points to keep the Dallas Mavericks' playoff hopes alive with a 93-91 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Vince Carter scored 17 points and Dirk Nowitzki and Jose Calderon netted 15 and 14 points, respectively for the Mavericks, who have won three straight. Dallas sits one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies and the Phoenix Suns, who are both in action Sunday, for the seventh-seed in the Western Conference. Rudy Gay tallied 32 points, eight assists and six rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins totaled 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped two straight.
Final Score: Houston 130, Denver 125 (OT)
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to go along with 10 assists as the Houston Rockets dispatched the Denver Nuggets, 130-125, on Sunday. Chandler Parsons scored eight points in the extra session and finished with 15 points for the Rockets, who clinched a playoff berth in Friday's win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jeremy Lin posted 19 points and Omer Asik recorded a season-high 18 points with a season high-tying 23 rebounds in the win. Evan Fournier paced Denver with 26 points off the bench and Aaron Brooks tallied 24 points against one of his former teams in the setback, the Nuggets' sixth straight on the road. The losing streak on the road matches the longest in the franchise's history since Dec. 8-28, 2009.
Final Score: San Antonio 112, Memphis 92
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kawhi Leonard shot 12-of-13 from the field and matched a career-high with 26 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-92, on Sunday. Manu Ginobili also scored 26 points for the Spurs, who had their 19-game winning streak snapped last time out with a loss in Oklahoma City. Tim Duncan donated 13 points in the triumph. San Antonio's magic number to clinch the best record in the NBA is down to three. James Johnson netted 20 points off the bench and Mike Conley finished with 18 points and six assists for Memphis, losers in four of their last six.
Final Score: Golden State 130, Utah 102
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Klay Thompson poured in 33 points and Stephen Curry netted 31 with a career high-tying 16 assists as the Golden State Warriors routed the Utah Jazz, 130-102, on Sunday. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala each registered 11 points for the Warriors, who swept the season series from the Jazz for the first time since 1974-75 when the franchise made its debut in New Orleans. Golden State remains in sixth place in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers. Alec Burks and Trey Burke each tallied 24 points in the loss, with Burke distributing a career-high 15 assists. Utah has lost six of its last seven and 12-of-13 on the road.
Final Score: Phoenix 122, Oklahoma City 115
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic led six Suns players in double figures with 26 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-115, to move into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference Standings. Phoenix led by three late when a pair of hustle plays pushed the hosts to victory. Eric Bledsoe, who finished with 18 points, stripped Kevin Durant and took it coast-to-coast before getting blocked at the rim by Russell Westbrook. Derek Fisher came up with the loose ball for the Thunder, but P.J. Tucker ripped it from him, drawing a foul on the veteran and making two crucial foul shots. Durant's triple was off the mark on the other end, and Bledsoe made two more from the stripe to ice it. Tucker scored a career-high 22 points and Gerald Green contributed 24 off the bench as the Suns win for the eighth time in their last 10 games. Tucker and Green shot a combined 9-of-12 from behind the arc. Phoenix sits a full game ahead of Memphis for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Both teams have five games to play. Despite the loss, Durant dropped 38 points to pass Michael Jordan's modern era streak of consecutive games with at least 25 points with his 41st straight. Westbrook finished with 33 points and eight assists in the setback.
Final Score: Portland 100, New Orleans 94
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 100-94, on Sunday night. Wesley Matthews netted 21 points, Damian Lillard tallied 20 points, six rebounds and five assists and Nicolas Batum added 16 points and 12 boards for Portland, which has won five of its last six games on the heels of a three- game slide. Anthony Morrow scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Pelicans, who have dropped five in a row.