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NBA: Spurs Earn Homecourt Advantage for Western Conference Playoffs


In the National Basketball Association, the San Antonio Spurs earned the No. 1 seed and homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs when they beat the Utah Jazz, 115-82, at home on Monday.

The Spurs took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 36 points, allowing San Antonio to rest its starters as the playoffs draw near.

Deron Williams with 18 points led the scoring for Utah, which has lost two straight games.

In Orlando, Florida, Kirk Hinrich's 26 points, including eight in overtime, helped the Chicago Bulls edge the Magic, 116-112, and extended their wining streak to five.

The Bulls are now tied for sixth place with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference. Chicago hosts Toronto on Wednesday in its regular-season finale.

At Milwaukee, the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons, 113-93. The victory gave the Bucks a shot at the fifth seed in their regular-season finale at Washington later Tuesday.

Other NBA scores are:

Indiana Pacers 120

Toronto Raptors 95

Charlotte Bobcats 98

New York Knicks 91

Cleveland Cavaliers 93

Boston Celtics 88

Houston Rockets 86

Denver Nuggets 83

Phoenix Suns 115

New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets 78

Golden State Warriors 93

Portland Trailblazers 79