3-pointer in overtime
The Cavaliers reached one magic number and lowered another.
LeBron James scored 27 points and host Cleveland entered an elite fraternity of NBA franchises with its 60th win last night, scoring 14 straight points in the fourth to pull away and beat the Atlanta Hawks, 93-88.
With their 60th win, the Cavaliers moved within one victory — or a loss by the Los Angeles Lakers — of clinching the league’s best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Cleveland (60-16) became the ninth team to post back-to-back 60-win seasons. But while that’s impressive and may look nice in the record book, the Cavaliers are chasing a title they seem more prepared than ever to go after.
Mo Williams scored 24 and J.J. Hickson added 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who trailed, 76-74 before James scored 9 points and Williams drained a 3-pointer during Cleveland’s decisive spurt.
Josh Smith scored 20 and Jamal Crawford 17 for the Hawks, who went more than six minutes without a field goal in the fourth.
Cleveland won its 10th straight at home and improved to 34-4 this season at Quicken Loans Arena.
Bobcats 87, Bucks 86 — Stephen Jackson scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left in overtime to lead host Charlotte over Milwaukee to further crowd the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The game wasn’t decided until Charlotte’s Tyson Chandler batted teammate Raymond Felton’s miss back to midcourt, where Felton grabbed it as time expired. Charlotte (40-35) won for the 12th time in 16 games and moved within a game of the fifth-place Bucks (41-34).
Warriors 128, Knicks 117 — Don Nelson moved within one win of tying Lenny Wilkens for the most victories by an NBA coach when Golden State beat visiting New York.
Anthony Morrow scored a season-high 35 points and Reggie Williams added 23 to help Nelson secure his 1,331st win.
David Lee led the Knicks with a season-high 37 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Heat 105, Pacers 96 — Dwyane Wade scored 43 points, 8 in overtime, to lead Miami over host Indiana
Wade hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Heat a 101-93 lead with 1:17 left in overtime. He made 14 of 22 field goals, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, and converted 13 of 17 free throws. His effort was just 1 point shy of his season high Jan. 6 at home against Boston.
Lakers 106, Jazz 92 — Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant triggered an offensive burst in the fourth quarter to help host Los Angeles beat Utah and avoid a third straight loss.
Odom finished with a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryant had 25 points, going 15 of 18 from the free throw line.
Bulls 95, Wizards 87 — Derrick Rose scored 24 points, Luol Deng had 14, and Chicago gained ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a victory in Washington.
Spurs 112, Magic 100 — Manu Ginobili scored 43 points, his fourth 30-plus game since replacing Tony Parker in the starting lineup last month, to lead host San Antonio over Orlando.
Suns 109, Pistons 94 — Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points on 13-of-15 shooting as Phoenix won its 10th straight with a victory in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Grizzlies 107, Hornets 96 — O.J. Mayo scored 27 points and Rudy Gay added 20 as host Memphis beat New Orleans.