Bucks torch Raptors


Ray Allen scored 31 points and Lindsey Hunter added 22 in a reserve role as the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Toronto Raptors 112-86 Saturday night. The Bucks, champions of the Central Division, assured themselves of homecourt over Miami should both teams advance past the first round of the playoffs. They also denied Toronto (45-35) a franchise record for victories. The Raptors were the third straight opponent the Bucks quickly put away this week at the rocking, sold-out Bradley Center, joining Chicago and Utah. Reserve Keon Clark led the Raptors with 18 points. Pistons 129, Hawks 124, OT In Atlanta, Jerry Stackhouse scored 37 points and Corliss Williamson added 23 as the Detroit Pistons increased their winning streak to a season-high four games. Ben Wallace preserved the win after Stackhouse missed a 3-point attempt and the Pistons leading 127-124. Wallace was falling out of bounds as he pulled down his team-high 15th rebound and passed the ball to Chucky Atkins.

Atkins, quickly fouled by Brevin Knight with 7.4 seconds to go, hit a pair of free throws for the final points of the game. Spurs 111, Nuggets 95 In San Antonio, David Robinson had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks as the Spurs clinched homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. The Spurs, who have won six of their last seven games, improved the NBA’s best record to 57-23 while snapping Denver’s three-game winning streak. In front of a sellout Alamodome crowd of 34,397, the Spurs dominated from start to finish with a dunk-filled effort by Robinson and a total of 11 3-pointers, four by Sean Elliott. . Rockets 100, Grizzlies 95 In Vancouver, British Columbia, In a fitting end to what was likely their final game in Vancouver, the Grizzlies blew a 19 point second-half lead. Shandon Anderson scored 19 points and was one of five starters in double figures for the Rockets.

Clippers 106, Warriors 94 In Oakland, California, Jeff McInnis scored 22 points as the Los Angeles Clippers doubled their victory total from a year ago. Lamar Odom added 19 points for the Clippers, who snapped an eight-game road losing streak in winning their 30th game of the season. Corey Maggette scored 17.