Singler, Monroe pace Pistons' win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Lawrence Frank walked quickly toward midcourt as the final seconds ticked away, greeting Doug Collins with a handshake and a few words.
Frank's future is uncertain in Detroit and Collins is on his way out as Philadelphia's coach. That's what happens at the end of a disappointing season.
Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds, Medford's Kyle Singler scored 16 points and the Detroit Pistons made the most of their home finale by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 109-101 on Monday night.
Singler was 6-for-11 with five rebounds and three steals. Will Bynum scored 22 points off the bench and Brandon Knight 12.
For both teams, the game was overshadowed by uncertainty off the court. Collins won't be back as Philadelphia's coach, and Pistons owner Tom Gores remained noncommittal before the game on the status of Frank, his coach, and Joe Dumars, his team president.
Heat 96, Cavaliers 95
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Thunder 104, Kings 95
At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had 21 before getting ejected in the final 3 minutes and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Sacramento Kings.
Nuggets 112, Bucks 111
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Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80
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Grizzlies 103, Mavericks 97
At Dallas, Keyon Dooling scored 13 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer before consecutive baskets by Ed Davis, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to keep alive their chance of hosting a first-round playoff series.
Bulls 102, Magic 84
At Orlando, Fla., Carlos Boozer scored 22 points, Luol Deng added 18 and the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over the Orlando Magic.
Bobcats 106, Knicks 95
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Nets 106, Wizards 101
At New York, Andray Blatche led a bevy of Brooklyn bench players with 20 points and 11 rebounds the Nets erased an early 17-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards.
Suns 119, Rockets 112
At Phoenix, Luis Scola had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Goran Dragic added 21 points and 14 assists and Phoenix snapped a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak with a victory over the Houston Rockets in the Suns' final home game of the season.
Warriors 116, Spurs 106
At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers to finish with 35 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past the severely short-handed San Antonio Spurs.