Cavs earn 11th straight victory at home, 113-101
CLEVELAND — Flattened by an inadvertent elbow, Toronto All-Star forward Chris Bosh broke a bone in his face last night as the Raptors' playoff hopes took a blow with a 113-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have won 11 straight at home.
Bosh was accidentally struck by Cleveland's Antawn Jamison in the first three minutes. Bosh, who had blood dripping from his nose and mouth area as he was assisted from the floor, was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for a CT scan.
Following the game, the Raptors said in a statement that tests showed Bosh suffered a "maxilla and nasal fracture to the right side of his face." Bosh, who returned to Quicken Loans Arena in the fourth quarter, will not travel with the team from Cleveland. Instead, he was to stay in a hospital overnight for further evaluation.
Jamison scored 20 points — 12 in the third when the Cavs opened a double-digit lead — and Anthony Parker had a season-high 18.
LeBron James scored 19 with 13 assists and Mo Williams had 14 and 12 assists for Cleveland, which has wrapped up the NBA's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and is expected to rest players in the next few games to get ready for the postseason.
"I look at these games as a high-level practice," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "If we don't win, it doesn't really matter."
Jarrett Jack scored 23 for the Raptors, who also lost forward Antoine Wright in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
Bosh's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the Raptors, who entered the night clinging to the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a tough week ahead with games against Boston, Atlanta and the Chicago Bulls, who are one game behind the Raptors in the standings.
BOBCATS 109, HAWKS 100
Gerald Wallace scored 28 points and Boris Diaw had 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, helping host Charlotte ensure the first non-losing season in its six-year history, while inching closer to its first playoff berth.
WIZARDS 112, WARRIORS 94
Nick Young scored a season-high 29 points as host Washington routed Golden State, keeping coach Don Nelson one short of breaking Lenny Wilkens' record for NBA coaching victories. Nelson has 1,332 career victories.
PISTONS 124, 76ERS 103
Charlie Villanueva scored 25 points, Rodney Stuckey added 24 and visiting Detroit snapped an 11-game losing streak, while handing Philadelphia its fourth consecutive loss.
KNICKS 104, CELTICS 101
Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 31 points, including the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left, and Earl Barron had 17 points and a career-best 18 rebounds to lead host New York past Boston.
BUCKS 79, BULLS 74
John Salmons scored 26 points against his former team and visiting Milwaukee held off Chicago to wrap up its first playoff berth since the 2005-06 season. The Bucks are tied with Miami for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
ROCKETS 113, GRIZZLIES 103
Kevin Martin scored 29 points, Aaron Brooks added 17 points and seven assists, and visiting Houston held off Memphis, which closed to 103-101 with 2:26 left to play, but got no closer.
JAZZ 140, THUNDER 139
Deron Williams scored 42 points, including a go-ahead jumper from the top of the key with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, as host Utah pulled into second place in the Western Conference with a victory over Oklahoma City.
SPURS 95, KINGS 86
Richard Jefferson scored 18 points and visiting San Antonio beat Sacramento for its fourth straight victory to move into a sixth-place tie with Oklahoma City in the Western Conference playoff race.