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Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket, absorbing contact from Heat guard Dion Waiters on Monday night in Boston.

TORONTO — Danny Green scored a season-high 29 points, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors clinched their sixth Atlantic Division title by beating the Orlando Magic 121-109 on Monday night.

The win also means Toronto can finish no lower than second in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors began the day three games behind Milwaukee for first.

Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 as the Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak against the Magic.

Green connected on 11 of 15 attempts, going 7 of 10 from 3-point range, before sitting out the final quarter.

Toronto won its fourth straight and improved to 31-9 at home. Only Milwaukee (32) has more home wins this season.

CELTICS 110, HEAT 105: Kyrie Irving had 25 points, including a pair of key late free throws, and host Boston held off Miami. Al Horford added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Celtics (46-32), who are trying to beat out the Pacers for the No. 4 seed in the East. Goran Dragic led the Heat with 30 points. Dwyane Wade finished with 17 points and seven assists in his final regular-season game at TD Garden.

PACERS 111, PISTONS 102: Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis added 18 points and 12 rebounds to help host Indiana snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit. It was a crucial win for the Pacers, who had lost seven of their previous eight and their grip on potentially having home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Myles Turner chipped in with 17 points and five blocks.

Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 26 points and Andre Drummond had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons. Detroit started the night in the No. 6 spot and boosted their lead over Orlando for the final playoff spot in the East to 2½ games.

LeBron facing unusual offseason

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is ready for his first offseason without a playoff appearance since 2005.

James sat out Sunday and will do so for the remaining five games of the season so he could have more time to heal his injured left groin.

James — who has reached the NBA Finals every season since 2010 — said he will utilize extra training time this offseason.

“I’ve had basically the same offseason training regimen the last eight years,” James told The Athletic. “... I’m figuring out now how to get as much as I can out of two months of extra time for training.”

James will begin production on “Space Jam 2” this summer and, according to Vardon, the set will feature a full-length basketball court so James can train during production. The film is scheduled to release in July 2021 — 25 years after the original film starring Michael Jordan was released in 1996.

G League down to its final four

The NBA G League will play both conference finals tonight.

The Long Island Nets will play the Lakeland Magic in the East, with the Santa Cruz Warriors and Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the West. Both matchups, like all series in the first three rounds, are single elimination.

The G League Finals are best-of-three.

Both games will be televised by ESPNU.


GRIZZLIES: Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas suffered a grade II right ankle sprain in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers and will miss the remainder of the season, the team said.

Quote of the day

“Great day to be a Spartan! “I’m not surprised, I actually thought that we could do it.”

— Warriors’ Draymond Green, after alma mater Michigan State beat Duke 68-67 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.

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