The New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 99-93, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden and remained in a tie with the 76ers for the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Knicks and the 76ers, who defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, have the same records, so Thursday's games will determine their playoff futures.
If the Knicks, who visit Charlotte, and the Sixers, who visit Detroit, finish with the same record, the Knicks own the tiebreaker because they beat the Sixers twice in their three meetings this season.
Kyle Korver scored 20 points to help the Chicago Bulls defeat the host Indiana Pacers, 92-87, and inch closer to claiming the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs.
The Bulls ended the game needing just a win over Cleveland on Thursday or a loss by the San Antonio Spurs to clinch the top seed.
J.J. Redick had six three-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as host Orlando sent Charlotte to its 22d consecutive loss with a 102-95 victory.
David Stern said Wednesday the elbow that Metta World Peace used to give James Harden a concussion was "recklessly thrown" and the Los Angeles Lakers forward's history absolutely weighed into the suspension.
The NBA commissioner suspended World Peace for seven games Tuesday, a penalty that could force him out of the entire first round of the playoffs, for the elbow he delivered to Harden's head in a game against Oklahoma City on Sunday.