Golden State Warriors survive scare to beat Memphis Grizzlies, tie NBA road record
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE // Golden State’s Draymond Green scored on a tip-in in with a minute left to secure a 100-99 win against Memphis on Saturday, giving the Warriors a share of one of the records set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Golden State now has 33 road wins in a season, tying those Bulls. The Warriors (71-9) visit San Antonio on Sunday with a chance to take the record outright.
They also moved within one win of equalling the Bulls’ NBA single-season record of 72 victories, but it will be a hard task for the Warriors, who have lost 33 straight in San Antonio.
The current Chicago team kept its playoff hopes alive with a narrow win against Cleveland, while Atlanta beat Boston to move a game ahead of the Celtics in the fight for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Golden State’s Green finished with 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Klay Thompson had 20 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 10 points early in the fourth quarter.
Memphis’ Lance Stephenson missed two shots in the final seconds on a drive and again on a flip toward the basket. Officials reviewed the play and gave the ball to the Warriors with 0.8 seconds to seal it. Matt Barnes scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Memphis.
• Chicago’s Jimmy Butler scored 21 points as the Bulls edged Cleveland 105-102.
Rookie Cristiano Felicio added a career-high 16 for Chicago, which took the lead with a 15-0 run early in the fourth quarter and only clinched the win when Cleveland’s J.R. Smith missed a 3-point attempt on the buzzer.
Chicago took the lead with a 15-0 run early in the fourth quarter and hung for the win when JR Smith missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, preventing Cleveland from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference even though James scored 33.
The Bulls still need to win their final two games and hope Indiana drops its remaining three to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
LeBron James had a huge game for Cleveland, hitting 13 of 17 shots – 4 of 5 3-pointers – for 33 points. It was not quite enough for the Cavaliers who missed a chance to clinch the top seed in the East.
• Atlanta’s Paul Millsap had a season-high 31 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Hawks past Boston 118-107.
Jeff Teague added 24 points for the Hawks, who moved 1-1/2 games ahead of Southeast Division rivals Miami and Charlotte while Boston has just a half-game lead over those teams.
Marcus Smart finished with 19 points for the Celtics, whose four-game winning streak ended.
• Sacramento’s Rudy Gay sank two free throws with 1 second left to give the Kings a 114-112 win over Oklahoma City in the final game at Sleep Train Arena.
• Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns hit a turnaround hook shot with 1.8 seconds left to give the Timberwolves a 106-105 win at fast-finishing Portland.
• Phoenix beat New Orleans 121-100 to inflict the heaviest home defeat of the season on the Pelicans, led by 24 points from Archie Goodwin.
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Updated: April 10, 2016 04:00 AM