Zion Williamson's fellow NBA rookies do not expect him to have the best career of the players in his draft class, with Cam Reddish coming out on top in the league's annual rookie survey.

Only five per cent of respondents in the survey believe Williamson will have the best career of the 2019 draftees.

Atlanta Hawks guard Reddish, meanwhile, received 19 per cent of the vote for the question.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (16 per cent) and Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (11 per cent) also ranked higher than Williamson.

Three other players – Jaxson Hayes, who will play alongside Williamson for the New Orleans Pelicans, RJ Barrett and Coby White matched the small forward at five per cent.

Reddish, who was selected at number 10 by the Hawks, and Williamson were team-mates at Duke Blue Devils.

Williamson was the story of college basketball last season and averaged 22.6 points, along with 8.9 rebounds, while shooting 68 per cent from the field.

He was the consensus top prospect in the 2019 draft and the Pelicans chose him with the number one pick.

However, Williamson is favoured to win the Rookie of the Year among members of his draft class, as 35 per cent of respondents in the survey predicted he would take home the award.

Jabari Parker is reportedly heading to Atlanta.

The forward signed a two-year deal worth $13million with the Hawks, Yahoo Sports reported on Monday. According to the report, the second year includes a player option.

Parker, 24, became a free agent after the Washington Wizards declined the last year of his two-year, $40m contract in June.

According to reports, the two sides expected to work something out before Parker decided to leave for Atlanta.

He was drafted second overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014 and remained with the team until 2018, when he signed a $20m contract with the Chicago Bulls. He was traded to the Wizards before the deadline in February.

While talented, two severe knee injuries have derailed Parker's career. In 25 games with the Wizards, he averaged 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Golden State Warriors have traded Damian Jones to Atlanta Hawks, bringing in Omari Spellman in exchange, the NBA teams have announced.

Beaten finalists last season, the Warriors - who have lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets and Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies - are looking to bolster their bench ahead of the new campaign.

Jones was 30th pick in 2016, and was promoted to a starter at Golden State in 2018-19, though he was sidelined after 22 games due to a pectoral tear.

Spellman, meanwhile, was also the 30th pick in the 2018 draft, but he only featured in 46 games in his rookie season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.

And it was confirmed on Monday that the players had been traded, with the Warriors also handing the Hawks a second-round pick for the 2026 draft.

With Durant and Iguodala gone, the Warriors are also preparing to be without Klay Thompson due to a torn ACL.

By getting Spellman, the Warriors can pad their bench while the Hawks receive another utility man.

Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic has been named the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Doncic received the award on Monday, ahead of Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and the Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton.

The 20-year-old Slovenian star averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in his rookie season with the Mavericks.

Doncic is the only Mavs player, along with Jason Kidd in 1994-95, to be named the league's Rookie of the Year.

He is also the first international player who did not attend high school or college in the United States to receive the award since Spain's Pau Gasol with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001-02.

Doncic joined Oscar Robertson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game in 72 appearances.

The 2019 NBA Draft is over, and quite a few interesting things happened.

Picks were swapped and players rose on the boards, while others remained unclaimed longer than expected.

Here are three takeaways from Thursday's draft in Brooklyn:


Pelicans and Hawks came up big

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks both brought in sizable hauls of young talent in 2019.

The Pelicans secured the field's most coveted player in Zion Williamson and managed to turn the fourth pick into two more first-round selections, via the Hawks. The Big Easy also added Texas big man Jaxson Hayes and a poised Virginia Tech Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Not a bad night's work considering they will form a young core alongside Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and other promising youth.

Atlanta, on the other hand, moved up from eight to snag one of their top targets — Virginia's De'Andre Hunter. They also got Duke's Cam Reddish at number 10 to compliment budding stars like Trae Young and John Collins. 

Both sides appear to be stacking valuable assets for the future.

Phoenix made some questionable decisions

The Phoenix Suns made some interesting choices on draft night.

Phoenix are clearly in serious need of a point guard and probably had the worst depth at the position last season. But they neglected to pursue a floor general, despite entering Thursday with the sixth overall pick. The Suns instead elected to trade back and surprisingly drafted UNC's Cameron Johnson with the 11th pick and passed up on top prospect Coby White. They also parted ways with TJ Warren in an apparent salary dumping effort.

It appears like Phoenix could be preparing to pursue 23-year-old Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell, who is close friends with Suns star Devin Booker. Russell is coming off a career year and made his first All-Star appearance in 2018-19. He could become a restricted free agent this offseason and could drastically improve Phoenix's backcourt if Brooklyn move on from him. 

The Suns are reportedly interested in acquiring a veteran point guard as well though.

Some notable names saw big drops

Some players were projected to be drafted in the lottery, but fell further back than expected.

Among the draft's most notable names to slip were Brandon Clarke, Nassir Little, Kevin Porter Jr., and Bol Bol.

Clarke could have gone anywhere in the first round and was expected to be picked in the lottery in some mock drafts. But the undersized forward out of Gonzaga landed with the Memphis Grizzlies at number 21. Little and Porter dropped to the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers at 24 and 30 respectively.

But one of the biggest surprises was Bol, who dropped to the second round. Worries about the foot injury that kept him out for a large chunk of 2018-19 and his slim frame were likely significant contributing factors to his slide.

All of these players are talented and could turn out to be huge steals in this draft. 

Plenty of pieces could be still be moved in the coming weeks, but next season's NBA rosters are beginning to take shape as next month's summer league approaches.

Dallas Mavericks swing man Luka Doncic and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young were unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie first team on Tuesday.

The pair were named on all 100 ballots from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Doncic, who turned 20 in February, averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game this season. Young, who also is only 20, averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 assists with 3.7 rebounds per game.

The All-Rookie first team was a mirror of the top five picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, as Doncic (drafted third overall) and Young (fifth) were joined by Phoenix Suns center and No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (second) and Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (fourth).

Doncic, Young and Ayton are the finalists for the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year award.  The winner will be revealed June 24 at the 2019 NBA Awards in Los Angeles.

This marks the first time since the 1984-85 season that the top five picks in the previous NBA Draft were selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team. Thirty-four years ago, that NBA All-Rookie first team was Hakeem Olajuwon (No. 1 pick in 1984), Sam Bowie (No. 2), Michael Jordan (No. 3), Sam Perkins (No. 4) and Charles Barkley (No. 5).

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie second team consists of Los Angeles Clippers guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter.

Veteran Vince Carter said he will return to play his 22nd NBA season in 2019-20.

The 42-year-old averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 76 games for the Atlanta Hawks this campaign.

Carter signed a one-year deal worth $2.4million with the Hawks in August and the eight-time All-Star is not done yet.

"Yeah, I'm coming back," Carter, 42, told co-hosts Kent Bazemore and Annie Finberg on "Winging It" podcast while discussing Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, who both retired at the end of this season.

When asked if he will return to the Hawks, Carter replied" "I would like to. We'll see what happens."

Carter initially was selected by the Warriors with the fifth pick in the 1998 NBA Draft before promptly being traded to the Toronto Raptors.

He spent the first six seasons of his career with the Raptors but went on to have stints with six other teams — the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings — before joining the Hawks.

Carter also eclipsed the 25,000-career point total and moved into 20th on NBA's all-time scoring list in March.

The Detroit Pistons are heading to the NBA playoffs after defeating the lowly New York Knicks 115-89.

After jumping out to an early lead and never looking back, the Pistons clinched the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday.

The Pistons took control in the opening moments and held a 14-point advantage by the end of the first quarter. They pushed the score to 65-41 by half-time and cruised from there.

Andre Drummond tallied 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Detroit to the victory. Luke Kennard chipped in a game-high 27 points off the bench while connecting on four of his eight three-point attempts.

The Pistons were playing without star Blake Griffin, who is dealing with a sore knee. They had last made the playoffs in 2015-16.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets entered play with their postseason hopes still alive. But, they were officially eliminated following Detroit's win.

Charlotte would not have advanced to the playoffs anyway as they fell to the Orlando Magic 122-114.

Soon-to-be free agent Kemba Walker recorded 43 points and five assists for Charlotte in what could be his last game with the Hornets.


Wade and Nowitzki say goodbye

Dwyane Wade registered a triple-double in his last game before retirement. The 37-year-old put up 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Miami Heat's 113-94 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his farewell – a 105-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Jonathon Simmons had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Philadelphia 76ers won 125-109 against the Chicago Bulls.

Jevon Carter tallied 32 points in the Memphis Grizzlies' 132-117 victory over the Golden State Warriors.


Finney-Smith struggles

Dorian Finney-Smith was two-of-10 shooting and scored five points in the Mavericks' defeat.

Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore shot two of 10 from the field and was a minus-16 as his team fell to the Indiana Pacers 135-134.


No stopping Gordon

Aaron Gordon powered his way to the basket for the Magic.


Wednesday's results

Orlando Magic 122-114 Charlotte Hornets
San Antonio Spurs 105-94 Dallas Mavericks
Philadelphia 76ers 125-109 Chicago Bulls
Memphis Grizzlies 132-117 Golden State Warriors
Detroit Pistons 115-89 New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers 135-134 Atlanta Hawks
Oklahoma City Thunder 127-116 Milwaukee Bucks
Brooklyn Nets 113-94 Miami Heat
Denver Nuggets 99-95 Minnesota Timberwolves
Los Angeles Clippers 143-137 Utah Jazz (OT)
Portland Trail Blazers 136-131 Sacramento Kings

The playoffs

After a long regular season, the playoffs have finally arrived. The path to the championship begins on Saturday when the first series tip-off.

Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors locked up first place in the Western Conference thanks to Sunday's 131-104 blowout win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Golden State secured the west's number one seed in their last regular-season game at Oracle Arena after 47 years as they prepare to move to Chase Center in San Francisco.

The Warriors marked the occasion by wearing throwback jerseys – famously known as the "We Believe" era uniforms worn during the team's run to the 2007 playoffs, which were used from 2002 to 2010.

It was fitting that the franchise's cornerstone, Stephen Curry, led all scorers with 27 points. Six other Warriors also reached double-figures.

Landry Shamet led the Clippers' well-rounded scoring effort with 17 points.


Harden lifts Rockets

James Harden posted 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in the Houston Rockets' 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Alex Len scored a career-high 33 points as the Atlanta Hawks fell 115-107 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Karl-Anthony Towns posted 35 points in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 132-126 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Cavs' Clarkson and his shooting woes

Jordan Clarkson scored two points on one-of-eight shooting in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 112-90 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.

Kyle Lowry scored five points on one-of-eight shooting as the Toronto Raptors downed the Miami Heat 117-109 in overtime.


McGee with the slam!

JaVale McGee threw an alley-oop into the hoop with force in the Los Angeles Lakers' 113-109 win against the Utah Jazz.

Elfrid Payton sent the Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox tumbling with a dribble move as the New Orleans Pelicans won 133-129.


Sunday's results

Toronto Raptors 117-109 Miami Heat (OT)
San Antonio Spurs 112-90 Cleveland Cavaliers
Oklahoma City Thunder 132-126 Minnesota Timberwolves
Charlotte Hornets 104-91 Detroit Pistons
Brooklyn Nets 108-96 Indiana Pacers
Dallas Mavericks 129-127 Memphis Grizzlies (OT)
Milwaukee Bucks 115-107 Atlanta Hawks
Houston Rockets 149-113 Phoenix Suns
Orlando Magic 116-108 Boston Celtics
New York Knicks 113-110 Washington Wizards
Golden State Warriors 131-104 Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans 133-129 Sacramento Kings
Portland Trail Blazers 115-108 Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Lakers 113-109 Utah Jazz


Hornets at Cavaliers

Charlotte will attempt to keep their playoff dreams alive against Cleveland on Tuesday. The Hornets will likely have to win out to reach the postseason. The Cavaliers could bring the opposition's campaign crashing to a halt.

The Orlando Magic could not be stopped in Friday's 149-113 NBA victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Orlando's ridiculous offensive performance was fuelled by three 25-point scorers.

Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier both contributed 25 points as starters. But Terrence Ross pitched in with a surprising 25 more from the bench and connected on six 3-pointers.

Trae Young and John Collins mustered 22 and 20 points respectively for Atlanta, but were simply outmatched from the start.

With the Magic's victory, they moved to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando are just a half game ahead of Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets in the playoff race. Things could get tight down the stretch as these teams battle it out for optimal postseason seeding.

Griffin's haul in vain

Blake Griffin scored a game-high 45 points in the Pistons' 123-110 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Delon Wright posted a career-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists as Memphis Grizzlies took down Dallas Mavericks 122-112.

Kemba Walker totaled 29 points in Charlotte Hornets' 113-111 victory over Toronto Raptors.


Blundering Bogdanovic penalises Pacers  

Bojan Bogdanovic scored four points on 1-of-8 shooting as Indiana Pacers fell short to Boston Celtics 117-97.

Damyean Dotson managed seven points on 3-of-14 shooting in New York Knicks' 120-96 blowout loss to Houston Rockets.


Layman and Towns make the highlights reel

Portland Trail Blazers' Jake Layman elevated over Denver Nuggets to finish strong with two hands at the rim.

And Karl-Anthony Towns' over-the-shoulder pass made for an easy Minnesota Timberwolves finish against Miami Heat.

Friday's results

Utah Jazz 119-98 Sacramento Kings
Dallas Mavericks 112-122 Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder 123-110 Detroit Pistons
Minnesota Timberwolves 111-109 Miami Heat
Houston Rockets 120-96 New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers 97-117 Boston Celtics
Washington Wizards 112-129 San Antonio Spurs
Orlando Magic 149-113 Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets 113-111 Toronto Raptors
Phoenix Suns 133-126 New Orleans Pelicans
Los Angeles Clippers 117-122 Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors 120-114 Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets 119-110 Portland Trail Blazers


Nets at Bucks

Brooklyn Nets are tied with Detroit Pistons for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee Bucks have the top spot in the conference, so they could end up facing the Nets in the first round of the playoffs. This match-up could be a preview of a high-intensity postseason series.

The Denver Nuggets thrashed the San Antonio Spurs 113-85 in the NBA on Wednesday.

Both the Spurs and Nuggets entered the game with a chance to improve their playoff seeding.

Yet things went south for the Spurs just 63 seconds into the game when coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after picking up his second technical for arguing a call.

Denver went on to win comfortably, with the outcome never in doubt.

The only way Popovich could have made a difference for the Spurs would be if he had suited up and started knocking down three-pointers. San Antonio were dreadful from behind the arc, hitting only five-of-27 attempts.

Nikola Jokic scored 20 (with 11 boards and nine assists) to lead six players in double-figures for the Nuggets, who improved to 52-26. That leaves them only 1.5 games behind the idle Warriors for the number one seed in the Western Conference. Denver have four games remaining, while Golden State have five.

At the other end of the playoff field, the Spurs (45-34) dropped from seventh to eighth in the standings, a half-game behind the idle Oklahoma City Thunder. As the final week of the season plays out, those potential one-eight and two-seven first-round playoff matchups bear a close watch.


Drummond dynamic for Detroit

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond narrowly missed another 20-20 game, scoring 28 and collecting 19 rebounds in a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Center Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 13 rebounds in the Orlando Magic's 114-100 win over the New York Knicks.

Knicks forward Mario Hezonja scored 29 points and added nine rebounds in the loss to the Magic.

Chicago Bulls guard Walt Lemon Jr. scored 24, had eight assists and won the game with two late free throws in a 115-114 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Portland Trail Blazers wing Evan Turner came off the bench for a triple-double (13/12/11) in a 116-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. 


Evans wayward

Pacers guard Tyreke Evans hit only one of 13 shots and scored six points in a win against the Pistons.


Harden class

Houston Rockets star James Harden makes even difficult shots look easy, as he showed against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns drove the lane not once, but twice, for thunderous dunks in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris went up strong to dunk, but the Atlanta Hawks' John Collins had other ideas.

Wednesday's results

Indiana Pacers 108-89 Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic 114-100 New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls 115-114 Washington Wizards
Atlanta Hawks 130-122 Philadelphia 76ers
Toronto Raptors 115-105 Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics 112-102 Miami Heat
Charlotte Hornets 115-109 New Orleans Pelicans
Minnesota Timberwolves 110-108 Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets 113-85 San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz 118-97 Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers 116-89 Memphis Grizzlies
Houston Rockets 135-103 Los Angeles Clippers


Bucks at 76ers

This could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. The 76ers expect star Joel Embiid back in the lineup after a three-game break. But even with Embiid on the floor, the 76ers recently lost games to the Hawks and Magic – they lost again to the Hawks on Wednesday – so they need to rediscover their form before the playoffs begin.

Russell Westbrook posted a monstrous triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

The Thunder star tallied 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to record those numbers in a game.

Oklahoma City have not played well lately, but their latest triumph keeps them tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

The Thunder got valuable offensive contributions from multiple players. Five members of the team scored at least 15 points and everyone benefited from Westbrook's distribution.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors entered Tuesday with a one-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference. But they extended that margin to two with a 116-102 win in Oracle Arena.

Golden State got out to a big lead, but lost Kevin Durant to an ejection in the third quarter after he attempted to argue a call with an official.

From there, Denver were able to cut their deficit and make the final score more respectable.

DeMarcus Cousins was the star. The big man had a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds in a dominant performance against Nikola Jokic.

None of the Nuggets' starters shot over 50 per cent from the field, but Jamal Murray led the team with 17 points.

The Warriors, now 53-24, have a chance to control their own destiny as the regular season comes to a close.


Harden still hot for Houston

James Harden's game-high 36 points and 10 assists led the Houston Rockets to a 130-105 win over the Sacramento Kings.

DeMar DeRozan posted 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the Spurs' 117-111 victory against the Atlanta Hawks.


Gay, Harris have off games

Rudy Gay scored six points on three-of-10 shooting for San Antonio.

Gary Harris managed six points on one-of-nine shooting for the Nuggets.


George dunk

Paul George set the tone early against the Lakers with a slam on the break.

Durant extended over the Nuggets' defense to complete a powerful finish, bringing Warriors fans to their feet.

Tuesday's results

Oklahoma City Thunder 119-103 Los Angeles Lakers
San Antonio Spurs 117-111 Atlanta Hawks
Houston Rockets 130-105 Sacramento Kings
Golden State Warriors 116-102 Denver Nuggets


Spurs at Nuggets

San Antonio have clinched a playoff spot but are tied for seventh in the Western Conference with Oklahoma City. Denver sit in second in the standings but are still within reach of Golden State. If both sides hold their spots, they will face off in the first round of the playoffs.

Ben Simmons believes Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic should win Rookie of the Year over Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young.

Doncic has been a revelation with the Mavericks this season, averaging 21.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2018-19.

The 19-year-old Slovenian – who is favourite to claim the award – leads all first-year players in minutes played and points scored.

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Simmons – the 2018 Rookie of the Year – backed Doncic to take his crown this season.

"Luka," Simmons replied when asked who he would vote for in this year's race.

"He's playing better. Like, his team's winning more games.

"Trae Young is killing it. Same as Donovan (Mitchell last year). But it's just overall I think Luka's got his team playing a little better."

Young had a bit of a rocky start this season, but has put up eye-popping numbers as of late. The Hawks guard is averaging 25.1 points and 9.3 assists per game since the All-Star break.

Simmons was drafted with the top pick in the 2016 draft. But he did not play until 2017-18 because of a foot injury that kept him out for all of what should have been his rookie campaign.

The 22-year-old Australian exploded onto the scene last season. He averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists during his rookie campaign and beat out notable names like the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum.

Doncic and Young were exchanged in a trade on draft day last year and both are already proving to be valuable pieces to their respective teams.

Trae Young has been on a roll lately, and his late-game heroics helped the Atlanta Hawks top the Milwaukee Bucks 136-135 in the NBA on Sunday.

The rookie guard made a game-winning shot after the ball ricocheted to him in the closing seconds.

Young did not have a great shooting game, but finished with 12 points and 16 assists. His fellow starters Justin Anderson, Alex Len and John Collins all eclipsed 20 points.

Milwaukee, the top team in the Eastern Conference, were without quite a few notable players, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe.

In their absence, Sterling Brown erupted for a game-high 27 points, leading all scorers.

The Bucks are preparing for the playoffs while the Hawks are looking to finish the regular season strongly.


Aldridge heroics not enough

LaMarcus Aldridge posted 27 points and 18 rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs' 113-106 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Russell Westbrook tallied 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Dallas Mavericks 106-103.


Stephenson slumps

Lance Stephenson was held scoreless on 0-of-seven shooting in the Los Angeles Lakers' 130-102 blowout win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bobby Portis scored two points on one-of-nine shooting in the Washington Wizards' 95-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets.


Cook's circus

Quinn Cook finished an over-the-shoulder circus shot in the Golden State Warriors' 137-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Will Barton pulled off an impressive no-look bounce pass on the break for the Nuggets against the Wizards.

Sunday's results

Atlanta Hawks 136-135 Milwaukee Bucks
Dallas Mavericks 106-103 Oklahoma City Thunder
Los Angeles Lakers 130-102 New Orleans Pelicans
Sacramento Kings 113-106 San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards 95-90 Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors 137-90 Charlotte Hornets
Los Angeles Clippers 113-96 Memphis Grizzlies


Magic at Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are firmly in the playoff picture. But the Orlando Magic are just outside it. The Magic are half a game back from the Miami Heat for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, so they will be prepared to go all out against a top contender.

The Boston Celtics edged the Indiana Pacers thanks to Kyrie Irving's clutch play, while the Golden State Warriors were upstaged by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Irving weaved his way to the basket to hit a game-winning lay-up, lifting the Celtics to a 114-112 victory in the NBA on Friday.

He finished with a game-high 30 points, five assists and three steals. Irving was trailed by Al Horford, who scored 19 points.

The win could prove very important in terms of postseason seeding. Both Boston and Indiana are 45-31, but the win gives the Celtics fourth place in the Eastern Conference via their 2-1 advantage in their regular-season series with the Pacers – the first tie-breaker.

The two teams play for the final time on April 5 in Indiana. If Indiana win that game and the pair are tied in the standings at the end of the campaign, the next tie-breaker is conference record. Boston hold a slight advantage over Indiana, 31-15 to 30-16.

Meanwhile, Karl-Anthony Towns made a pair of free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime as the Timberwolves stunned the Warriors 131-130.


Lillard powers Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 36 points to lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Atlanta Hawks 118-98.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points and made 11 three-pointers for the Warriors.

Russell Westbrook totalled 29 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 115-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets.


Harkless inefficient

Maurice Harkless scored eight points on three-of-10 shooting in the Trail Blazers' win.

Kyle Korver scored five points on one-of-six shooting in the Utah Jazz's 128-124 victory against the Washington Wizards.


Parker with the dagger!

Wizards forward Jabari Parker rises above Rudy Gobert and finishes with a slam.

Nerlens Noel stuffs a dunk attempt by Denver's Malik Beasley in Oklahoma City's loss.


Friday's results

Boston Celtics 114-112 Indiana Pacers
Portland Trail Blazers 118-98 Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves 131-130 Golden State Warriors (OT)
Denver Nuggets 115-105 Oklahoma City Thunder
Utah Jazz 128-124 Washington Wizards
Los Angeles Lakers 129-115 Charlotte Hornets


Celtics at Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have dropped to seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston have been inconsistent throughout the season, but beat the Pacers to move up to fourth in the east. Both sides are looking to optimize their results the final six games for more favourable postseason matchups.

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