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Warriors beat Hawks 114-95 in clash of NBA leaders

March 19, 2015

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Golden State cruised to a 114-95 win over Atlanta in Wednesday’s clash of the NBA’s top two teams, taking a psychological edge into what could be the league’s finals series.

The Warriors pushed their lead in the Western Conference out to 7-1/2 games, while Atlanta’s lead in the East was trimmed to a still comfortable 10 games ahead of Cleveland, which stretched its home winning streak to 14 games by downing Brooklyn.

Elsewhere, San Antonio responded to the admonishment of its coach by winning at Milwaukee, and Dwyane Wade led Miami to a tight victory against Portland.

Golden State improved its run of home victories to 10, with Harrison Barnes scoring 25 points and Andre Iguodala adding 21 points and six assists for the Warriors.

Atlanta, looking fatigued, was denied again in a chance to clinch their first division title since 1993-94 as Washington won at Utah.

Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll each scored 16 points for the Hawks, who shot just 35.6 percent from the floor.

San Antonio, coming off what coach Gregg Popovich called “a pathetic performance” in losing to lowly New York, put in an improved showing to win 114-103 at Milwaukee.

Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and seven assists for the Spurs, who are seventh in the West.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points for the Bucks, who are sixth in the East with an even 34-34 record.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including a jumper with 13.6 seconds left to break a tie, to guide the Heat to a 108-104 win against Portland.

Wade made 13 of 26 shots for the Heat, who trailed by 11 shortly after halftime. Luol Deng had 24 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range for Miami.

LaMarcus Aldridge’s 34 points and 12 rebounds was not quite enough for the Trail Blazers, who fell half a game behind Houston in the race for third in the West.

Cleveland shook off a slow start to beat Brooklyn 117-92 and extend its impressive home streak.

J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who trailed by 13 in the first quarter before going on a 30-8 run to turn it around. Cleveland had seven players in double figures for points.

Deron Williams scored 20 to lead the Nets, who are running out of games as they claw to get into the playoffs.

Chicago’s rookie forward Nikola Mirotic scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half to steer the Bulls to a 103-86 victory over Indiana.

Mirotic, who played 31 minutes off the bench, entered averaging an impressive 20.3 points in nine games in March. His previous best scoring month was the 9.9 points he averaged in December.

Mike Dunleavy added 21 points for the Bulls, who won comfortably despite playing without injured starters Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler and key reserve Taj Gibson.

Solomon Hill had 13 points to lead six players in double figures for the Pacers.

Washington extended its winning run to five games by squeezing out an 88-84 victory at Utah.

John Wall scored 24 points and added six assists and nine rebounds, while Paul Pierce finished with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Wizards, who had to shoot a 52.4 percent to overcome 22 turnovers.

Gordon Hayward had 26 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Jazz, which had won its previous six.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to lead the Thunder to a 122-118 victory against Boston, which had won its previous five games.

Los Angeles’ Chris Paul had 30 points and 11 assists as the Clippers defeated slumping Sacramento 116-105.

Dallas beat lowly Orlando 107-102 to make it three straight wins since an embarrassing home loss against Cleveland, with Drik Nowitzki scoring 25 points for the Mavericks.

Toronto extended its home winning streak to 11 games by defeating an undermanned Minnesota 105-100, with Jonas Valanciunas contributing 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Philadelphia earned its first win in five games by beating Detroit 94-83.