Atlanta Hawks get home-court advantage for first round of playoffs

Atlanta Hawks 106, Dallas Mavericks 89

  • Follow NBA

ATLANTA — Josh Smith scored 23 points and Atlanta clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs after racing to a 23-point lead in the opening quarter and beating Dallas 106-89 on Thursday night.

Atlanta center Jason Collins goes up for a shot against the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki. The Hawks led by 23 points in the first quarter en route to Thursday's win.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta center Jason Collins goes up for a shot against the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki. The Hawks led by 23 points in the first quarter en route to Thursday's win.

The Hawks wrapped up the fourth-best record in the East and play host to fourth-seeded Boston on Sunday.

KNICKS 104, BOBCATS 84

In Charlotte, N.C., the Bobcats couldn’t even beat a New York team resting most of its starters, finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history.

The loss left Charlotte with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The record was set 39 years ago, when the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.

BULLS 107, CAVALIERS 75

In Chicago, John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points, Joakim Noah had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls clinched the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs.

NUGGETS 131, TIMBERWOLVES 102

In Minneapolis, JaVale McGee scored 19 points to help Denver lock down the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

CELTICS 87, BUCKS 74

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored all 12 of his points in the first half and Rajon Rondo had 15 assists for Boston.

WIZARDS 104, HEAT 70

In Washington, Miami played without its Big Three and suffered its worst defeat of the season.

With the Heat’s first playoff game just two days away, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra rested LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for the second consecutive game.

GRIZZLIES 88, MAGIC 76

In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored 22 points, Rudy Gay added 20 and Memphis claimed the No. 4 seed in the West.

RAPTORS 98, NETS 67

In Toronto, Ben Uzoh had 12 points, a career-high 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his first career triple-double, and Toronto beat New Jersey.

PISTONS 108, 76ERS 86

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Ben Gordon scored 26 points, including eight 3-pointers, to help Detroit rout short-handed Philadelphia.

ROCKETS 84, HORNETS 77

In Houston, Chase Budinger scored a season-high 27 points and Marcus Morris hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lift Houston.

JAZZ 96, TRAIL BLAZERS 94

In Salt Lake City, rookie Alec Burks scored 18 points and NBA Slam Dunk champ Jeremy Evans led a 10-0 fourth-quarter run as playoff-bound Utah beat Portland.

The Jazz will face top-seeded San Antonio in the first-round.


Top headlines

Kettle donations rise in 2014

After a disappointing showing last year, donations to the Salvation Army's local Red Kettle Campaign have risen nearly 20 percent in 2014.
Search Augusta jobs