J.J. Redick scored 18 points Chukwuma Okorafor Color Rush Jersey , and the surging Philadelphia 76ers matched a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory, 109-97 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Ben Simmons added 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Two years after going 10-72, the Sixers (50-30) clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and secured their first 50-win season since Allen Iverson?s 2000-01 team, which lost in the NBA Finals.
The only other time the Sixers won 14 straight in a single season, Dr. J and Moses Malone delivered Philadelphia its last NBA title in 1983.
Harrison Barnes scored 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting, and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 points for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight and six of seven.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points and the Utah Jazz clinched a playoff berth with a 112-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Utah is the fourth team in the crowded Western Conference to lock up a postseason spot, with five clubs still in the running for the other four positions before the regular season ends Wednesday.
Mitchell also had nine rebounds and eight assists, and Joe Ingles had 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with 10 assists. Jae Crowder added 18.
Josh Hart had 25 points for Los Angeles. The Clippers have lost six of eight.
WARRIORS 117, SUNS 100
PHOENIX (AP) ? Klay Thompson scored 22 of his 34 points in the first quarter and Golden State beat Phoenix for the 15th consecutive time.
Kevin Durant added 17 points and nine assists for the Warriors, whose winning streak against Phoenix is a franchise record for a single opponent.
With the loss, and Memphis? win over Detroit Ben Gamel Seattle Mariners Jersey , Phoenix ? at 20-61 ? is assured the worst record in the NBA and, consequently, the most ping pong balls in the May 15 draft lottery.
Danuel House scored a career-high 22 for Phoenix.
RAPTORS 112, MAGIC 101
TORONTO (AP) ? C.J. Miles scored 22 points, OG Anunoby had a career-high 21 for Toronto.
Serge Ibaka scored 13 points, and Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright each had 12. The Raptors closed out their home schedule by extending their franchise records for wins (58) and home wins (34).
After clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference on Friday night with a win over Indiana, the Raptors gave guard DeMar DeRozan and center Jonas Valanciunas the night off. Toronto will rest players again Monday night at Detroit, then return to full strength Wednesday night for the regular-season finale at Miami.
Aaron Gordon scored 16 points, and Mario Hezonja had 14 for Orlando. The Magic lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
PACERS 123, HORNETS 117
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ? Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 30 points, Victor Oladipo had 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting and the Pacers beat the Hornets to keep alive their slim hopes of winning the Central Division title.
Rookie Malik Monk led the Hornets with 22 points in their final home game of the season.
For Indiana (48-33) to win the Central and earn home-court advantage for the first round of the NBA playoffs, it needs to beat Charlotte on Tuesday night and have the Cleveland Cavaliers (49-31) lose their final two games against the New York Knicks. The Pacers have the tiebreaker advantage over the Cavaliers after taking three of four in the season series, including a 124-107 win in November.
HAWKS 112, CELTICS 106
BOSTON (AP) ? Taurean Prince scored 33 points, and the Hawks rallied for the road win.
Isaiah Taylor and Dewayne Dedmon scored nine straight points for the Hawks after they trailed 103-101 with 2 minutes remaining. With the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference already locked up, Celtics coach Brad Stevens left Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier on the bench for the entire fourth quarter.
Rozier had 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Boston, which had beaten Atlanta in the other three meetings this season. Tatum scored 19, Horford had 16 and Greg Monroe scored 17 as the Celtics lost for the third time in four games.
GRIZZLIES 130, PISTONS 117
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) ? MarShon Brooks scored 25 points Martin Kaut Blackhawks Jersey , Dillon Brooks added 22 and Memphis beat Detroit to snap a four-game losing streak.
Marc Gasol and Kobi Simmons added 20 points apiece for Memphis. Gasol also had nine rebounds and nine assists. Anthony Tolliver led the Pistons with 19 points, and Luke Kennard added 18. The sluggish opening three months. The so-so finish. The only occasional attention to detail on defense. None of it matters anymore.
The playoffs are here. The champs are, too.
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins provided proof in Pittsburgh?s 7-0 dismantling of the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening game of their first-round series Wednesday night.
Crosby performed more stick wizardry on his way to his third postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal of his own and the Penguins overwhelmed their seemingly overmatched cross-state rivals to begin their quest for a third straight Stanley Cup with a blowout that seemed to indicate the grudge match could be a mismatch.
Not that Pittsburgh?s captain wanted to buy into any sort of message sending, even after the Penguins became only the fifth team in NHL history to win a series opener by at least seven goals.
?I mean, it?s one game,? Crosby said. ?Whether it?s 7-0 or 1-0 or double overtime, it?s one game. A big part in the playoffs is to get better every game and to adjust, and that?s the way we have to look at it.?
That might be a frightening proposition for the rest of the NHL. It certainly is for the Flyers, who have lost all five meetings with Pittsburgh this season, giving up at least five goals each time. Nothing that happened during the regular season, however, compared to Wednesday night. The Penguins pumped five goals in the first 29:01 to chase goalie Brian Elliott, and the Flyers simply could not keep pace.
Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol mercifully pulled Elliott after Crosby swatted Brian Dumoulin?s point shot out of the air and knocked it by a stunned Elliott to put the Penguins up 5-0 just before the game?s midway point. Elliott stopped 14 of 19 shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek. Mrazek made 12 saves, but Hakstol indicated he?s likely to go with Elliott again in Friday?s Game 2.
Whoever is in net for the Flyers, it won?t matter if the play in front of them isn?t better. Philadelphia?s power play went 0 for 4 and didn?t even generate a shot.
?They beat us from pretty much every aspect tonight, starting from the net out,? Elliott said. ?Everybody just has to be better.?
Jake Guentzel had a goal and three assists for Pittsburgh. Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin also scored. Matt Murray stopped 24 shots for his third straight playoff shutout.
The Flyers stressed the need to stay out of the penalty box and put together three disciplined, competitive periods if they wanted to put an abrupt halt to Pittsburgh?s run at history. It didn?t happen. Not even close.
The Penguins jumped on Philadelphia early. Elliott stopped Kris Letang?s slap shot with his blocker only to see the long rebound go right to Rust, who ripped it over Elliott?s right shoulder to give the Penguins the lead 2:38 into the game.
Philadelphia?s best chance at staying in it came minutes later, but Scott Laughton whiffed on his first attempt from the doorstep and Murray made a sprawling glove save on Laughton?s second try to preserve Pittsburgh?s lead.
?If that goes in, it?s 1-1 and maybe we?re talking about a different result,? Crosby said.
Moments later, Hagelin expertly redirected Patric Hornqvist?s shot past Elliott 10:07 into the game. Malkin drew a hooking penalty to negate a Pittsburgh power play, and when he emerged from the penalty box, he whizzed past three Flyers in one sequence, darting by Jakub Voracek http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-switzer-jersey , slipping past Giroux and then fending off Shayne Gostisbehere before flicking a backhand past Elliott to put the Penguins up 3-0 before the series was 15 minutes old.
All that before Crosby got involved.
The two-time MVP has a knack for scoring in unorthodox ways. He beat Montreal?s Carey Price with an intentional double-deflection and smacked a rebound out of air in overtime to top New Jersey within a span of eight days last month.
His first of the playoffs was just as impressive and provided the exclamation point on a night Pittsburgh looked every bit the threat to become the first team since the New York Islanders of the early 1980s to capture three straight Cups.
NOTES: Crosby?s hat trick tied Pittsburgh owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux for the most postseason hat tricks in franchise history. ? Murray hasn?t allowed a goal since Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup finals, a span of 206:26. ? The Penguins, who had the league?s top-ranked power play during the regular season, went 1 for 4 with the man advantage. ? Pittsburgh C Derick Brassard, who missed time late in the regular season with a lower-body injury, had an assist in 13:44. ? Injured Steelers LB Ryan Shazier, who is recovering from spine stabilization surgery and has already been ruled out for the 2018 season, stood up and led the sell-out crowd in a pre-game cheer.