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However, the Cavs blew a 26-point fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Atlanta Hawks yesterday, and choked away another lead, losing to the Hawks' bench by 14 points last Friday.

Deron Williams had a season-high 35 points, along with nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who fell to 0-7 this season when LeBron James doesn't play.

Cleveland is clearly not especially concerned with taking the top seed in the Eastern Conference, as they sit a full game behind the Boston Celtics and are closing out the regular season by resting their stars.

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson tries to shoot against the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (left) and Kay Felder during their National Basketball Association game which the Heat won in overtime, 124-121. A loss by the Cavs or a win by the Celtics hands top spot to Boston.

Forward James Johnson is averaging 21 points and 8.3 rebounds over a three-game span.

The Cavaliers have prioritized health and rest over getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

George Hill had 20 points and Johnson finished with 19, including five 3s, as Utah also kept alive its shot at moving past the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West. Hassan Whiteside recorded 30 points and 12 rebounds while providing a key block in the closing moments as Miami won for the fourth time in its final five road games.

James played almost every minute of both of the games against the Hawks, but he sat out tonight (calf) along with Kyrie Irving (knee).

PHILADELPHIA - Paul George scored 17 of his 27 points in the opening quarter and in inched closer to clinching a berth in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007.

The Bulls crushed the Orlando Magic 122-75 and at 40-41 have the same record as Miami with one game remaining for each.

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