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NBA News 4/4/16: Celtics Clinch Playoff Berth With Win Over Lakers

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NBA News 4/4/16: Celtics Clinch Playoff Berth With Win Over Lakers

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The NBA is going dark tonight, but will be back tomorrow with an 11-game slate, so we’ve got a lot of action coming. For now, let’s take our daily look at the key players and stats out there in the news. Warriors-Blazers: The Warriors were able to bounce back from an almost unheard-of home loss in their last game to get back to their winning ways against the Blazers last night, taking another victory at Oracle 136-111. Stephen Curry scored 39 points here, while Draymond Green posted 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. It was Green’s 13th triple-double of the year. Klay Thompson pitched in 21 points. With the win, the Warriors tie the mark for the second-most wins in NBA history. They need to win four of their final five games to break the ‘95-’96 Bulls 72-win record. Celtics-Lakers: Kobe Bryant played his last game against the Lakers’ historic rival Celtics last night in L.A., and he dropped a very Kobe-like 34 points. Still, the Lakers came up short and lost 107-100, thanks in part to Isaiah Thomas’ 26 points for Boston. The win secured a playoff berth for the Celtics. It’ll be their eighth playoff appearance in the last nine seasons. Boston is now ½ game ahead of the Heat and Hornets for the No. 4 slot in the East. Hornets-Cavaliers: The Cavs are officially in “playoff mode,” as evidenced by a solid 112-103 home win over the visiting Hornets yesterday. LeBron James put up 31 points with 12 assists and eight rebounds here, while teammate J.R. Smith helped guide the Cavaliers with 27 points--matching a season-high. Cleveland was still without an injured Kyrie Irving (ankle). Charlotte made things interesting in the fourth, but the Cavaliers were able to quell the rally. Cleveland five games left to play before the postseason, and they seem to be ready for it. Thunder-Rockets: The Rockets came up with a big home win yesterday against the visiting Thunder, thanks mainly to James Harden. Harden scored 15 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, leading his team to a 118-110 victory and keeping their playoff hopes alive. For OKC, it was the team’s league-leading 13th loss during which they had a lead in the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant posted 33 points and eight rebounds in the futile effort. NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action. Tuesday, April 5, 2016: 7:00 PM ET: New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, FSNOLA) 7:30 PM ET: Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors (TSN¼, FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST) 8:00 PM ET: Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat (TNT, FS-SUN) Phoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST, FSAZ) Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST, WPWR) Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks (FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN, FSOHIO) 9:00 PM ET: Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets (ALTITUDE2, FS OKLAHOMA HD) San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz (ROOT, FSSW) 10:00 PM ET: Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, CSNNWHD) 10:30 PM ET: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors (TNT, SPORTSNET ONE, CSN BAY AREA, FS NORTH) Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers (TSN1, PRIME TICKET) For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.
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