NBA: Suns drop 10th straight on O'Neal goaltending call

2013-04-10T00:00:00Z NBA: Suns drop 10th straight on O'Neal goaltending callThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HOUSTON - Jermaine O'Neal was called for goaltending on James Harden's last-second 3-point shot and the Houston Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 101-98 on Tuesday night.

Harden scored 33 points and Omer Asik tied his career high with 22 rebounds for the Rockets, who clinched a playoff berth with Utah's loss to Oklahoma City. On the final play, Harden dribbled down the clock and shot his 3 from the wing. It bounced high off the rim and O'Neal tipped it as it came down, just after the buzzer sounded. The Suns have lost 10 in a row.

• Heat 94, Bucks 83: In Miami, LeBron James scored 28 points in 30 minutes, Udonis Haslem had his first double-double of the season and Miami moved closer to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Heat tied a franchise single-season record by winning for the 61st time. Miami played without an injured Dwyane Wade and an ill Chris Bosh.

• Knicks 120, Wizards 99: In New York, the Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony for their 13th straight victory. Anthony put this one away with 21 points during the Knicks' 37-point third quarter. The NBA's scoring leader became the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five straight 35-point games.

• Nets 104, 76ers 83: In New York, Brook Lopez scored 29 points and Reggie Evans added 17 points and 24 rebounds as Brooklyn held its ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Nick Young had 18 points and Jrue Holiday scored 15 for Philadelphia.

• Pacers 99, Cavaliers 94: In Indianapolis, George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help Indiana rally from a 20-point deficit. The Pacers can clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over Brooklyn on Friday.

• Grizzlies 94, Bobcats 75: In Memphis, Mike Conley scored 20 points, and Zach Randolph had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis. Memphis won its 13th straight at home and tied a single-season franchise record with its 31st home win.

• Raptors 101, Bulls 98: In Chicago, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Rudy Gay added 19 for Toronto. Chicago's Nate Robinson missed a heave at the buzzer in an attempt to tie.

• Thunder 90, Jazz 80: In Salt Lake City, Russell Westbrook scored 25 points and Kevin Durant added 21 for Oklahoma City. Mo Williams led the Jazz with 19.

• Lakers 104, Hornets 96: In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant fueled a desperate rally with 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles tied Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.

• Warriors 105, Timberwolves 89: In Oakland, Klay Thompson scored 30 points, Stephen Curry added 24 points and 10 assists, and Golden State clinched its first postseason appearance since 2007.

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