CLEVELAND – On their way to the playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave the Washington Wizards something to savor for summer.

LeBron James scored 21 points before spending the fourth quarter playing air guitar on the bench as the Cavs avenged an embarrassing loss to one of the league’s weaker teams by thumping the rival Wizards 98-86 on Wednesday night to improve to 38-1 at home.

Pistons 113, Knicks 86

NEW YORK – Richard Hamilton scored 22 points, Rasheed Wallace had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons rolled into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference by beating the New York Knicks 113-86 on Wednesday night.

Antonio McDyess added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who pulled even with Chicago for the No. 7 seed and lowered their magic number to one to clinch their eighth consecutive playoff berth. Detroit will be back in the postseason with its next victory or one more loss by Charlotte.

Pacers 130, Raptors 101

INDIANAPOLIS – Danny Granger scored 29 points, and the Indiana Pacers had their highest point total and margin of victory of the season, beating the Toronto Raptors 130-101 on Wednesday night.

Jarrett Jack added 23 points, Roy Hibbert had 17, and Troy Murphy finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Josh McRoberts had his first career double-double with career highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 95, Spurs 83

SAN ANTONIO – Brandon Roy scored 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers took a big stride in the race for home-court advantage with a 95-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Clawing back from an early 19-point deficit, Portland won in San Antonio for the first time since 2002 – and the timing was perfect.

Portland moved into a three-way tie with the Spurs and Houston for the third-best record (50-28) in the West with four games left. The Trail Blazers also took the season series 3-1, which could pay dividends if the seedings come down to tiebreakers.

Magic 81, Grizzlies 78

ORLANDO, Fla. – Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points, Dwight Howard added 14 and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the pesky Memphis Grizzlies 81-78 on Wednesday night.

J.J. Redick had all nine of his points in the fourth quarter to spark a 19-7 run, helping the Magic overcome an eight-point deficit and stay in the hunt for the Eastern Conference’s second seed. Orlando (58-20) began the day a game back of Boston for the East’s No. 2 spot.

Rudy Gay had 18 points, and Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo had 17 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who were held to just 15 points in the final period and have lost two straight games after winning four in a row.


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