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NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on March 30

By The Sports Xchange
NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on March 30
LeBron James had 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but not even that could prevent the Cavaliers from falling to the Chicago Bulls 99-93 on Thursday night at United Center. File Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Chicago Bulls 99, Cleveland Cavaliers 93

CHICAGO -- Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points as the Chicago Bulls completed a season sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 99-93 victory Thursday night at United Center.

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Mirotic, who was 9 of 14 from the field, sparked the Bulls from 3-point range as Chicago finished 12 of 25 from beyond the arc. Denzel Valentine (12 points) and Robin Lopez (10 points, 11 rebounds) also reached double figures for the Bulls.

LeBron James had 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Kyrie Irving finished with 20 points for the Cavaliers. Cleveland lost a third straight game and fell for the fourth time in five games.

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James passed Shaquille O'Neal for seventh place on the NBA's all-time points list, finishing the night with 28,599.

Detroit Pistons 90, Brooklyn Nets 89

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Marcus Morris racked up 28 points and 13 rebounds and Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak by edging Brooklyn at The Palace.

Ish Smith contributed 21 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Pistons. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 12 points, and Andre Drummond secured 11 rebounds for Detroit.

Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 15 points off the bench. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jeremy Lin each had 14 points, but Brook Lopez -- who entered with a 20.7 scoring average -- was held to 11 points on 4-for-17 shooting.

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Minnesota Timberwolves 119, Los Angeles Lakers 104

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 33 points and added 10 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 32 points as road-weary Minnesota returned home and recorded a victory against Los Angeles.

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Andrew Wiggins added 27 points for Minnesota, which won for the seventh time in its past 10 home games. Gorgui Dieng finished with 11 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves, who exceeded last season's win total with No. 30.

Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points, and Julius Randle added 12 points and 13 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell was held to 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting as the Lakers lost for the 17th time in 19 games.

Los Angeles Clippers 124, Phoenix Suns 118

PHOENIX -- Blake Griffin and Chris Paul combined for 60 points to lead Los Angeles to a win over slumping Phoenix.

Griffin scored 31 points, falling two points shy of becoming the first Clipper to score 10,000 points with the team. He hit 12 of 19 shots and added seven assists. Paul had 29 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who moved within one game of the idle Utah Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference.

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Devin Booker topped the Suns with 33 points, and Marquese Chriss added 20 points.

Portland Trail Blazers 117, Houston Rockets 107

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Surging Portland continued its drive for an NBA playoff berth with a win at home over Houston.

Damian Lillard scored 31 points and added 11 assists to lead the Blazers to their 13th victory in the last 16 outings. Portland improved to 37-38 and climbed 1 1/2 games ahead of idle Denver in their battle for the eighth and final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

Houston's James Harden finished with 30 points and eight rebounds.

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