Heat down Cavs to stay alive, Jazz halt streaking Warriors

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Paul Millsap played 36 minutes on Sunday, racking up 22 points, 9 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal as the Hawks scored a 126-125 overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Deron Williams did most of the heavy lifting for Cleveland, scoring a season-high 35 points to go with seven rebounds and nine assists in a turn-back-the-clock-performance. The issue, however, is that it would've been a quadruple-double as he also had 10 turnovers.

The Heat (39-41) are coming from a 106-103 win over the Washington Wizards in which Hassan Whiteside scored 30 points to lead the way for Miami. The Celtics play Brooklyn on Monday night before finishing against the Bucks.

"I thought the effort was great", said Lue. "That's the time where we kind of locked in and focused and you can see it". "Those are things we have to continue to work on heading into the playoffs". If the Heat sweeps the season series with the Wizards, Miami would become the first team in National Basketball Association history to reach.500 after being 19 games under during the season.

25 and 10 - Kevin Love's line in this one was very Minnesota, all the way down to the eventual loss.

The Cavs broke out the bubble wrap for three of their starters early, holding Tristan Thompson out for four games with a sprained thumb, putting LeBron James on the shelf for the final two games and also giving Kyrie Irving a game off Monday.

At this point, however, the struggling Cavs are just ready to start the postseason. Miami had a 20-6 edge in second chance points and an 8-0 edge in fast break points. "He wasn't able to do any conditioning. That's taken a toll on him.We'll keep working with him". I remember being super excited about this addition.

So Cleveland followed up an embarrassing loss at home to Atlanta's reserves on Friday with a stunning defeat to the Hawks in the second game of the home-and-home set.

Who could the Celtics face in the first round? He played there until 2013 before announcing in the infamous "The Decision" show the following offseason that he wants to "take his talent to South Beach" and play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

We all know that when push comes to shove, they have LeBron James to save the day. Jamario Moon even suited up. He racked up another 46 minutes Sunday against Atlanta and has carried a huge burden for the Cavaliers this season.

They were knocking down shots, playing hard-nosed defense, and Al Horford was playing inspired ball.

1 - The Cavaliers' deficit in the East following their loss on Monday.

The reigning NBA Finals champions are one game behind Boston in the standings heading into the final round of regular season games.

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