Celtics top Raptors, Warriors' McCaw injured in scary fall
The Boston Celtics are running out of time to catch the Toronto Raptors for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference but they boosted their chances with a 110-99 victory in the NBA on Saturday.
Boston broke open a close game late to win at TD Garden and pull within two games of the first-placed Raptors.
The Celtics trailed the Raptors by five games on March 19, but have now won six straight to tighten up the race in the east.
Even better, the Celtics (53-23) take a 2-1 lead on Toronto (55-21) in the season series, the first tiebreaker in the event the two teams end up in a tie atop the Eastern Conference.
The two rivals meet for the final time in the regular season in Toronto on Wednesday.
If the Celtics lose that meeting, they can virtually forget about the top seed. Win, and things will be extremely interesting the final week of the regular season.
Forward Marcus Morris continued his hot play of late, coming off the bench to knock down 25 points and adding nine rebounds.
The Celtics also got 20-plus nights from Jayson Tatum (24 points) and Terry Rozier (21).
Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 112-96 but it was overshadowed by an injury to Patrick McCaw.
McCaw - a second-year guard - was carried off the court on a stretcher late in the third quarter after a scary landing following a collision with Vince Carter.
The 22-year-old was taken to hospital for further evaluation, the Warriors announced.
BEASLEY IMPRESSES IN KNICKS DEFEAT
The New York Knicks lost 115-109 to the Detroit Pistons, but you cannot blame forward Michael Beasley, who posted 32 points on 14 of 21 from the floor.
Forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a big night (20 points, 14 rebounds) in the Brooklyn Nets' 110-109 overtime win against the Miami Heat.
OUBRE UNCONVINCING IN WIZARDS WIN
Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. had a poor shooting night (two of 14, one of nine from three-point range) but scored nine and added five rebounds.
WALL SHINES IN RETURN
John Wall, playing his first game since January 25, starred with 15 points and 14 assists as the Wizards clinched a playoff berth by beating the Charlotte Hornets 107-93.
Washington Wizards 107-93 Charlotte Hornets
Boston Celtics 110-99 Toronto Raptors
Golden State Warriors 112-96 Sacramento Kings
Detroit Pistons 115-109 New York Knicks
Brooklyn Nets 110-109 (OT) Miami Heat
ROCKETS AT SPURS
Houston Rockets star James Harden continues rolling along toward NBA MVP honours. LaMarcus Aldridge has been just as valuable to the San Antonio Spurs this season in Kawhi Leonard's absence. It is not much of a stretch to think this game could be a preview of the Western Conference semi-finals, provided both teams win their first-round series.