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Suns hurt Rockets' hopes

HOUSTON — Mirza Teletovic scored 26 off the bench, P.J. Tucker added 24 and the Suns dealt another blow to the Rockets' dwindling playoff chances with a 124-115 victory on Thursday night.

It's the second straight loss for the Rockets, who entered the day in ninth place in the Western Conference after a loss at Dallas on Wednesday.

Thursday's game was back and forth through the first few minutes of the fourth quarter before the Suns took over.

They scored 10 straight, with eight coming on free throws, to take a 117-110 lead with 1:03 left and send fans streaming out.

Tyson Chandler added 21 points for the Suns, who snapped an NBA-high seven-game skid.

James Harden led Houston with 30 points.

HEAT PUTS BULLS ON BRINK: The way the Heat played defense in the final minutes, it's clear Miami wants to be at home when the playoffs begin. And the Heat pretty much ensured that the Bulls will be home for the postseason. Dwyane Wade scored 21, Joe Johnson added 17 and the Heat shook off a slow first half to beat the Bulls 106-98, clamping down in the final minutes for its ninth win in the last 10 home games. Miami has 14 consecutive games of scoring 100 or more at home — the second-longest streak in franchise history. Jimmy Butler scored 25 for the Bulls (39-40), who now need a series of miracles to get into the postseason.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Jeff Teague scored 23, Kyle Korver added 14 and the host Hawks held off the Raptors 95-87. Atlanta remained in third place in the Eastern Conference by beating the East's No. 2 seed.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Warriors' game in San Antonio on Sunday on NBA TV will be available for free to fans who don't normally get the channel. NBA Digital announced Thursday that the key matchup in Golden State's pursuit of a record 73 wins will be available as part of a free preview of the network to cable and satellite subscribers. Golden State, needing to win its remaining four games for 73 wins, played a late game Thursday against the visiting Spurs (see tampabay.com for the result). ESPN has also added a national broadcast of Saturday's game at Memphis. … According to reports, the Heat is expected to meet soon with swingman Dorell Wright, 30, its 2004 first-round pick who played six seasons in Miami, to discuss a deal for the rest of the season. The free agent played in 48 games with the Trail Blazers last season, and early this season played in China.

Suns 124, Rockets 115

PHOENIX (124): Tucker 9-17 4-5 24, Len 2-5 2-2 6, Chandler 8-11 5-6 21, Booker 4-15 6-6 15, Price 3-7 0-0 9, Goodwin 6-11 3-5 16, Teletovic 10-20 2-3 26, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Leuer 1-5 2-2 4, Jenkins 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 44-94 24-29 124.

HOUSTON (115): Ariza 8-11 1-2 22, Motiejunas 2-3 2-2 6, Howard 4-7 2-2 10, Harden 10-14 5-7 30, Beverley 3-9 1-2 9, Smith 2-4 0-2 6, Capela 3-3 1-4 7, Brewer 2-3 1-1 5, Terry 4-9 0-0 8, Beasley 4-8 1-2 9, Goudelock 0-2 3-4 3, McDaniels 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-74 17-28 115.

Phoenix 27 30 32 35— 124

Houston 39 21 30 25— 115

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 12-31 (Teletovic 4-9, Price 3-6, Tucker 2-5, Jenkins 1-1, Goodwin 1-4, Booker 1-6), Houston 14-33 (Harden 5-6, Ariza 5-8, Smith 2-2, Beverley 2-8, McDaniels 0-1, Howard 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Motiejunas 0-1, Goudelock 0-2, Terry 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 60 (Tucker 12), Houston 38 (Howard 7). AssistsPhoenix 31 (Len 7), Houston 26 (Beverley 9). Total FoulsPhoenix 24, Houston 24. TechnicalsHouston Coach Bickerstaff. A18,227 (18,023).

Hawks 95, Raptors 87

TORONTO (87): Powell 4-8 0-0 10, Scola 1-4 0-0 2, Valanciunas 3-6 7-8 13, Lowry 6-15 2-5 16, DeRozan 7-24 2-2 16, Biyombo 3-8 4-5 10, P.Patterson 1-3 0-0 3, Ross 2-5 0-0 6, Joseph 3-6 0-0 6, Carroll 2-4 0-0 5, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Nogueira 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-84 15-20 87.

ATLANTA (95): Sefolosha 4-6 1-2 10, Millsap 4-11 5-6 13, Horford 4-9 2-2 11, Teague 7-13 7-9 23, Korver 5-11 0-0 14, Hardaway Jr. 4-7 0-0 11, Schroder 0-7 0-0 0, Humphries 0-1 0-0 0, Scott 4-7 2-2 11, Hinrich 0-1 0-0 0, Muscala 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 33-76 17-21 95.

Toronto 20 23 20 24— 87

Atlanta 28 19 23 25— 95

3-Point GoalsToronto 8-21 (Ross 2-3, Powell 2-4, Lowry 2-6, Carroll 1-1, P.Patterson 1-2, DeRozan 0-2, Scola 0-3), Atlanta 12-32 (Korver 4-8, Hardaway Jr. 3-5, Teague 2-3, Sefolosha 1-2, Scott 1-3, Horford 1-3, Muscala 0-1, Humphries 0-1, Schroder 0-3, Millsap 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 56 (Biyombo 9), Atlanta 48 (Millsap 14). AssistsToronto 16 (Lowry 6), Atlanta 23 (Horford 6). Total FoulsToronto 16, Atlanta 19. A17,864 (18,729).

Heat 106, Bulls 98

CHICAGO (98): Dunleavy 0-2 2-2 2, Mirotic 2-6 0-0 4, Gasol 7-11 7-8 21, Rose 7-16 3-4 17, Butler 7-17 10-10 25, Holiday 4-8 0-0 9, Felicio 3-4 2-3 8, McDermott 2-5 1-1 6, Portis 3-9 0-0 6. Totals 35-78 25-28 98.

MIAMI (106): J.Johnson 7-10 0-0 17, Deng 6-12 1-2 13, Stoudemire 5-8 0-1 10, Dragic 7-16 2-2 16, Wade 9-18 3-3 21, Winslow 1-8 0-0 2, Richardson 4-9 2-2 11, Whiteside 5-11 6-7 16, Haslem 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-92 14-17 106.

Chicago 22 24 23 29— 98

Miami 21 19 35 31— 106

3-Point GoalsChicago 3-14 (McDermott 1-2, Holiday 1-3, Butler 1-4, Portis 0-1, Gasol 0-1, Dunleavy 0-1, Mirotic 0-2), Miami 4-14 (J.Johnson 3-4, Richardson 1-3, Deng 0-2, Winslow 0-2, Dragic 0-3). Fouled OutMirotic, Whiteside. ReboundsChicago 46 (Gasol 12), Miami 51 (Whiteside, Dragic 12). AssistsChicago 18 (Butler 6), Miami 16 (J.Johnson, Wade, Dragic 4). Total FoulsChicago 12, Miami 20. TechnicalsMiami defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—McDermott. A19,771 (19,600).

Suns hurt Rockets' hopes 04/07/16 [Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:11pm]
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