Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers, 111-106, Tuesday night in Brooklyn for their season-high fourth straight victory.
The Nets moved back ahead of Boston and dealt a blow to the Pacers, who fell 1½ games behind Brooklyn. They will visit the Celtics on Wednesday.
Joe Johnson added 21 points, including 5 straight after the Pacers got within 3 with about two minutes left. Alan Anderson scored 20 off the bench.
Brooklyn won for the sixth time in seven games and claimed the tiebreaker with Indiana by winning the season series.
George Hill scored 28 points for the Pacers, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
Spurs 95, Heat 81 — Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Tony Parker added 16 in his 1,000th NBA game, and San Antonio added more steam to its playoff push by winning in Miami.
Tim Duncan had 12 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which went 12-3 in March — the league’s second-best record during the month behind only Golden State.
Goran Dragic had 19 points and Dwyane Wade added 15 for Miami.
The Heat remained in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference race but now are two losses behind No. 6 Milwaukee (which also owns the tiebreaker over Miami if necessary) and only a half-game up on Brooklyn.
San Antonio stayed No. 6 in the West, and could clinch a playoff berth Wednesday in Orlando.
Pistons 105, Hawks 95 — Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Detroit beat Atlanta in Auburn Hills, Mich..
Anthony Tolliver had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won five of six.
Thabo Sefolosha scored 19 points for Atlanta, which has already clinched the East’s top seed.