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.

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Houston Rockets, while the Los Angeles Clippers secured a postseason berth in the NBA.

Milwaukee topped Houston 108-94 as Rockets star James Harden and the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo went head-to-head on Tuesday.

MVP contender Antetokounmpo scored 19 points and racked up 14 rebounds in his team's win. Eric Bledsoe recorded a team-high 23 points, though.

Harden – the reigning MVP – had an off night, scoring 23 points on just nine-of-26 shooting.

Meanwhile, the Clippers clinched a playoff spot with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Clippers' Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 25 points, which helped his team fight off solid scoring performances from Karl-Anthony Towns (24) and Andrew Wiggins (22).

Time is winding down. The Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings are still looking to punch their tickets to the playoffs in the Western Conference.

 

Walker stars… again

Kemba Walker's 38 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists powered the Charlotte Hornets to a 125-116 overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs.

Trae Young tallied 33 points and 12 assists, leading the Atlanta Hawks past the New Orleans Pelicans 130-120.

Jamal Murray scored a game-high 33 points in the Denver Nuggets' 95-92 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Bradley Beal poured in 32 points as the Washington Wizards fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 124-106.

 

Raptors roar but Lin struggles

Jeremy Lin scored two points on one-of-nine shooting, but the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 112-103.

Kelly Olynyk only managed four points on one-of-seven shooting in the Miami Heat's 104-99 loss to the Orlando Magic.

 

Stephenson breaks some ankles

Lance Stephenson's handles sent Washington's Jeff Green stumbling all the way to the baseline.

Dwight Powell reached back to finish this alley-oop in the Dallas Mavericks' 125-121 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

 

Tuesday's results

Boston Celtics 116-106 Cleveland Cavaliers
Charlotte Hornets 125-116 San Antonio Spurs (OT)
Orlando Magic 104-99 Miami Heat
Toronto Raptors 112-103 Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks 108-94 Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers 122-111 Minnesota Timberwolves
Atlanta Hawks 130-120 New Orleans Pelicans
Sacramento Kings 125-121 Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets 95-92 Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers 124-106 Washington Wizards

 

Pacers at Thunder

The fourth-seeded Indiana Pacers have already clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Thunder, however, have not accomplished this yet. Oklahoma City are seventh in the Western Conference and will face a cold Pacers team who have lost four of their last five games.

The Hornets shocked the Boston Celtics in the NBA on Saturday, overcoming an 18-point deficit in the final eight minutes to claim a 124-117 victory in Charlotte.

Boston entered the game having lost two straight, and the Hornets extended their recent slide.

Kemba Walker dominated the contest, totalling 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Charlotte.

He even shared the ball with style, rewarding Miles Bridges' defensive efforts by throwing him a lob on the break.

Kyrie Irving had a respectable night in his own right for Boston. The point guard tallied 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

The Hornets are just 2.5 games back from the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are firmly in fifth place.

Charlotte will need to string together a few more signature wins to get into the postseason.

 

Towns tremendous for Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 33 points and 23 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 112-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Trae Young poured in 32 points and 11 assists as his Atlanta Hawks topped the Philadelphia 76ers 129-127.

Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds in the Utah Jazz's 114-83 trouncing of the Chicago Bulls.

 

Dunn struggles for Bulls

Kris Dunn scored four points on one-of-eight shooting in the Bulls' loss.

 

Young winner

Trae Young ended Philadelphia's night with a game-winning floater in Atlanta.

DeMarcus Cousins showcased his handles and blew by Dallas' Luke Doncic for a slam in the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Saturday's results

Charlotte Hornets 124-117 Boston Celtics
Miami Heat 113-108 Washington Wizards
Atlanta Hawks 129-127 Philadelphia 76ers
Utah Jazz 114-83 Chicago Bulls
Minnesota Timberwolves 112-99 Memphis Grizzlies
Dallas Mavericks 126-91 Golden State Warriors
Portland Trail Blazers 117-112 Detroit Pistons
Sacramento Kings 112-103 Phoenix Suns

 

Spurs at Celtics

San Antonio were just one of the hottest teams in the NBA, but they have lost their last two games. Boston are still struggling to find consistency, as they enter Sunday having lost three straight. Both squads have All-Star calibre talent and are looking to get back on track.

A grieving Kevin Durant inspired reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors to a 112-89 victory against the Indiana Pacers.

On the same day his childhood friend Cliff Dixon was shot to death in Atlanta, Durant posted 15 points and tallied six assists.

Warriors team-mate Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 15 points via four three-pointers during Golden State's 35-point third quarter on Thursday.

DeMarcus Cousins returned from an ankle injury scored put up 19 points and 1 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut – in his second spell with the Warriors after winning the 2015 championship – received a standing ovation in his first game back in Oakland.

The Pacers, who missed another chance to clinch a playoff spot, were led by Tyreke Evans' 20 points off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 34 points but the Utah Jazz still lost 117-114 to the Atlanta Hawks.

In the final moments, Mitchell missed a 22-foot three-point shot that would have tied the contest with 1.8 seconds remaining as the Hawks snapped the Jazz's five-game winning streak.

Trae Young led Atlanta's efforts with 23 points and 11 assists in a double-double display.

 

Walker lifts Hornets

Kemba Walker led the Charlotte Hornets to a 113-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a game-high 31 points. Walker was 10 of 22 from the field and made just one of his eight three-point attempts.  

The Washington Wizards lost 113-108 against the Denver Nuggets, but Bradley Beal finished with a game-high 25 points. On Denver's side, five players led with 15 points each.

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Phoenix Suns 118-98 thanks to Wayne Ellington's with 23 points.

 

Minnesota's bench, or lack thereof

The Timberwolves starting five all scored in the double-digits, but they needed some help from their bench, which never came. There was only one player to score 10 or more points in Gorgui Dieng while the rest of the subs struggled. Keita Bates-Diop and Jerryd Bayless scored just two points each.

Maximilian Kleber tallied just five points in the Dallas Mavericks' 116-100 defeat to the Sacramento Kings. He finished minus-21.

 

Beasley tees up Plumlee

The Nuggets held off the Wizards after entering the fourth quarter tied at 85-85, as Malik Beasley found Mason Plumlee near the rim.

Early in the Suns-Pistons contest, Mikal Bridges found Deandre Ayton, who slammed it down for the finish.

 

Thursday's results

Charlotte Hornets 113-106 Minnesota Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets 113-108 Washington Wizards
Atlanta Hawks 117-114 Utah Jazz
Detroit Pistons 118-98 Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings 116-100 Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors 112-89 Indiana Pacers

 

Thunder at Raptors

The Oklahoma City Thunder are holding on to their eighth seed with a comfortable gap between the Western Conference teams that are still trying to revive their seasons. But the Thunder have lost their stride as of late and will take a four-game losing skid to Toronto when they face the Raptors on Friday. The second-ranked team in the east have put together back-to-back wins, but will be without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, who will miss his second consecutive game due to a sprained right ankle.

The Milwaukee Bucks put the Los Angeles Lakers into an even deeper hole in the NBA on Tuesday.

Los Angeles fell to Milwaukee 115-101, making their postseason dreams all the more unrealistic. It was the Lakers' fourth straight loss.

The Bucks entered the matchup coming off a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but handled the opposition without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat with an ankle injury. LeBron James also did not play in the contest, as he was dealing with a sore left groin.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the unlikely star, pouring in a game-high 35 points for the Lakers off the bench.

Milwaukee were led by Khris Middleton, who contributed 30 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers look even more unlikely to make the playoffs now as the Bucks continue to assert themselves as a dominant force. 

The Eastern Conference-leading Bucks will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, while the Lakers will host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

 

Harden heroics

James Harden tallied 31 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the Houston Rockets' 121-105 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks.

Ben Simmons recorded a game-high 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help the 76ers top the Charlotte Hornets 118-114.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points as the Golden State Warriors took down the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-107.

 

Muscala misery

Mike Muscala scored two points on one-of-six shooting in the Lakers' loss to the Bucks.

 

Fox, Bogut produce some magic

The Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox threaded the needle with a perfect bounce pass to Buddy Hield against Brooklyn.

Andrew Bogut executed an effortless behind-the-back pass to find a wide open Curry under the basket in his second game back with the Warriors.

Tuesday's results

Philadelphia 76ers 118-114 Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets 121-105 Atlanta Hawks
Milwaukee Bucks 115-101 Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors 117-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
Brooklyn Nets 123-121 Sacramento Kings
Los Angeles Clippers 115-109 Indiana Pacers

 

Celtics at 76ers

Boston and Philadelphia are two of the most dangerous teams in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics sit in fifth in the standings while the 76ers have ascended to third.

Houston Rockets star James Harden became the first NBA player to score 30 or more points against all 29 opponents in a single season.

Harden posted 31 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the Rockets' 121-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

The reigning MVP's performance saw him make more NBA history as the Rockets extended their winning streak to three games.

Harden is having a historic season – averaging 35.8 points, 7.7 assists and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 43.5 per cent from the field and 35.5 per cent from three-point range.

The 29-year-old guard poured in 30 or more points in 32 consecutive games from mid-December to late February, a mark topped only by Wilt Chamberlain.

The Rockets improved to 45-26 with the win in Atlanta. They finished play on Tuesday sitting third in the Western Conference standings.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo put on an impressive offensive performance on Sunday but the Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Philadelphia 76ers,130-125.

Antetokounmpo filled it up, tallying 52 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists against the opposition, but Philadelphia had an abundance of scoring as well.

Joel Embiid guarded Antetokounmpo for portions of the contest, but could not contain him. However, he did manage to score 40 points and collect 15 rebounds of his own.

Jimmy Butler had his best scoring night since February 2, pouring in 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

Four members of Antetokounmpo's supporting cast reached double-digits in points in the absence of Malcolm Brogdon, who is recovering from a foot injury.

Philadelphia extended its winning streak to four games against the best team in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks (52-18) will have an opportunity to re-establish their footing against the LA Lakers on Tuesday.

Vucevic and Leonard light it up

Nikola Vucevic posted 27 points and 20 rebounds in Orlando Magic's 101-91 victory against the Atlanta Hawks.

Kawhi Leonard's 33 points and 10 rebounds were not enough as the Toronto Raptors fell to Detroit Pistons 110-107.

Heats triumph despite Richardson's woes

Josh Richardson scored seven points on horrendous 2-of-17 shooting, but the Miami Heat topped the Charlotte Hornets 93-75.

Cauley-Stein lands play of the day

Willie Cauley-Stein hammered an alley-oop pass home for a slam in the Sacramento Kings' 129-102 thrashing of the Chicago Bulls.

Ben Simmons and Giannis Antetokounmpo exchanged momentous dunks down the stretch in Philadelphia's victory.

What's Next?

Denver Nuggets (46-22) at Boston Celtics (43-27) 7:30 p.m. ET — Denver enters Monday riding a three-game winning streak and is second in the Western Conference standings. Boston has won two straight since being dominated by the LA Clippers earlier in the week. But the Nuggets could struggle, as they are just .500 on the road.

The Golden State Warriors did not have a problem taking down Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, as Stephen Curry starred with a game-high 33 points in the absence of Kevin Durant.

Golden State were dominant in a 110-88 victory over Oklahoma City and managed to clinch a berth in the NBA Playoffs at the final buzzer.

Although the Warriors have been missing a star in Durant, Curry lit up the opposition, trailed by Klay Thompson, who posted 23 points.

Paul George had a decent showing for Oklahoma City, scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. But Russell Westbrook's seven points on 2-of-16 shooting did not do the squad any favours. 

The Warriors still have the best record in the Western Conference, but nothing is a lock. The fifth-placed Thunder have now lost their last two games and have a tough schedule ahead of them.

 

Beal, Booker among the best

Bradley Beal scored 40 points in the Washington Wizards' 135-128 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, while Devin Booker also notched 40 points and 13 assists as Phoenix Suns edged out New Orleans Pelicans 138-136.

Kyrie Irving was just short of a triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Boston Celtics top the Atlanta Hawks 129-120.

 

Jazz win despite rusty Rubio

Ricky Rubio only scored 12 points on 2-of-13 shooting, but the Utah Jazz still beat the Brooklyn Nets handily, 114-98.

 

Powell alley-oop powers home Mavericks

Dwight Powell gathered an alley-oop for an impressive finish at the rim as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a 121-116 loss.

Paul Millsap, meanwhile, sealed the deal in Denver Nuggets' 102-100 victory against Indiana Pacers with a clutch left-handed layup.

Saturday's results

Boston Celtics 129-120 Atlanta Hawks
Washington Wizards 135-128 Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans 136-138 Phoenix Suns 
Dallas Mavericks 121-116 Cleveland Cavaliers 
Oklahoma City Thunder 88-110 Golden State Warriors
San Antonio Spurs 108-103 Portland Trail Blazers
Denver Nuggets 102-100 Indiana Pacers
Utah Jazz 114-98 Brooklyn Nets 

 

76ers at Bucks

Philadelphia 76ers are riding a three-game winning streak and have all their major players back in the fold. Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the NBA, but just lost a key piece in Malcolm Brogdon to injury. This matchup will show how much the Bucks' loss of depth will affect their chances of success against elite talent.

Russell Westbrook and Paul George led the way as the Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Brooklyn Nets 108-96.

Westbrook and George combined for 56 points to help the Thunder overcome the Nets in the NBA on Wednesday.

The visiting Nets led 52-42 at half-time but Westbrook's 26th triple-double of the season helped the Thunder rally.

Westbrook finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds for the 130th triple-double of his career, while George had 25 points and nine rebounds.

"I just tried to stay in attack mode and find ways to continue to get my team-mates -- I thought in the first half, I did a bad job in the first half of finding my guys," Westbrook said. "In the second half, I made an adjustment."

Spencer Dinwiddie had 25 points off the bench to lead the Nets, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

 

Thompson lifts Warriors

Klay Thompson led the Warriors to a 106-104 victory at the Houston Rockets. He netted 30 points just days after he dubbed the team's loss to the Phoenix Suns "the worst of the season." DeMarcus Cousins added 27 points — the most since he joined Golden State.

The Washington Wizards held off the Orlando Magic 100-90 behind Bradley Beal's 23 points. Thomas Bryant chipped in 21 points off the bench.

There were seven players in double-digits for the Miami Heat, but it was Justise Winslow who finished with a team-high 16 points in the team's whopping 108-74 win over the Detroit Pistons.

 

Poor Pistons

The entire Pistons roster should get this nod after the team's loss to the Heat. The 74 total points broke Detroit's season low for points scored that had been set in a loss to the Nets (75) on Monday. Blake Griffin led the losing efforts with 13 points, but finished the night with a minus-32. There were only two other players in double-digits: Wayne Ellington (11) and Luke Kennard with (10).

 

Trae Young gets Atlanta on their feet

This sequence got fans and the Atlanta Hawks' bench up and out of their seats. Atlanta went on to win 132-111 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

 

Wednesday's results

 

Washington Wizards 100-90 Orlando Magic
Oklahoma City Thunder 108-96 Brooklyn Nets
Miami Heat 108-74 Detroit Pistons
Atlanta Hawks 132-111 Memphis Grizzlies
Golden State Warriors 106-104 Houston Rockets
Utah Jazz 114-97 Phoenix Suns

 

Kings at Celtics

The Sacramento Kings are trying to catch up to the eighth-seeded Jazz, but will first have to face the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Thursday. Both teams enter the matchup coming off a loss and will hope to rebound to help secure their postseason fate. The Celtics are the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and have a sizable advantage over the rest of the field. The Kings, however, need to start a rare win streak if they want to play into April.

Joel Embiid returned to help the Philadelphia 76ers past the Indiana Pacers in the NBA on Sunday.

The All-Star center had been resting a sore knee since the All-Star break, but returned from his eight-game hiatus, helping Philadelphia to a 106-89 victory.

Embiid racked up 33 points and 12 rebounds on 11-of-21 shooting in 28 minutes. He led all scorers in the contest.

The Pacers were led by Bojan Bogdanovic, who totalled 18 points.

The win moved the 76ers ahead of the Pacers into third place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are 42-25, but Philadelphia hold the tiebreaker thanks to their 3-1 lead in the season series against Indiana.

"I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,'' Embiid said (via ESPN).

 

Griffin gigantic

Blake Griffin's 28 points, six rebounds and five assists led the Detroit Pistons past the Chicago Bulls 131-108.

 

Awful Augustin, Olynyk

D.J. Augustin managed six points on two-of-10 shooting in the Orlando Magic's 105-97 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kelly Olynyk scored one point on 0-of-eight shooting in the Miami Heat's 125-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

 

Jones with an incredible leap

Derrick Jones Jr. got ridiculously high to convert an alley-oop from Dwyane Wade.

John Collins came up with a big block and ran 94 feet to finish with a powerful slam in the Atlanta Hawks' 128-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Luka Doncic showcased his defensive prowess by swatting Clint Capela's shot off the backboard in the Dallas Mavericks' 94-93 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Sunday's results

Detroit Pistons 131-108 Chicago Bulls
Toronto Raptors 125-104 Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers 106-89 Indiana Pacers
Atlanta Hawks 128-116 New Orleans Pelicans
Memphis Grizzlies 105-97 Orlando Magic
Houston Rockets 94-93 Dallas Mavericks
Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs 121-114 Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns 115-111 Golden State Warriors

 

Celtics at Clippers

Los Angeles are riding a four-game winning streak and are trying to hold onto a playoff slot. Boston have won three straight and seem to be correcting some of their chemistry problems. Only one team can remain hot moving forward.

The Los Angeles Lakers continued to slide, losing to the Boston Celtics in the NBA on Saturday.

Los Angeles' 120-107 loss to Boston marked their fifth consecutive defeat, which makes climbing into playoff contention even more unlikely.

Although LeBron James is having his playing time monitored, he recorded 30 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 28 minutes.

Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are reportedly out for the season, so the outlook moving forward does not look promising for the Lakers.

Kyrie Irving totalled 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists on 12-of-18 shooting in the contest. He led the Celtics to their third straight win.

Los Angeles are 30-36 and sit seven games back from the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. They will face the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

Collins, Fox shine

John Collins scored 33 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the Atlanta Hawks' 114-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

De'Aaron Fox poured in 30 points and dished out eight assists as the Sacramento Kings took down the New York Knicks 102-94.

Karl-Anthony Towns had a monster night, racking up 40 points and 16 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 135-130 win over the Washington Wizards in overtime.

 

Terrible Tatum

Jayson Tatum scored six points on two-of-seven shooting in Boston's win.

Marvin Williams tallied five points on two-of-nine shooting in the Charlotte Hornets' 131-114 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Irving magic

Irving left Alex Caruso in the dust with a behind-the-back move into a reverse layup.

Towns rose over Jeff Green and brought him to the ground with an emphatic slam.

 

Saturday's results

Sacramento Kings 102-94 New York Knicks
Brooklyn Nets 114-112 Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves 135-130 Washington Wizards
Boston Celtics 120-107 Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks 131-114 Charlotte Hornets
Portland Trail Blazers 127-120 Phoenix Suns

 

Pacers at 76ers

Despite losing star guard Victor Oladipo to a season-ending leg injury, Indiana have remained competitive in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are just one game ahead of Philadelphia in the playoff race. The 76ers are looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses.

The Miami Heat are well-placed to make the playoffs in Dwyane Wade's final NBA season after a win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

With Miami's 91-84 win, the Heat have moved into the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Kelly Olynyk's 22 points and 11 rebounds and Hassan Whiteside's 18 and 15 off the bench helped the Heat grab the win.

Kemba Walker and Frank Kaminsky each had 20 for Charlotte.

In Los Angeles, LeBron James moved in front of Michael Jordan and into fourth place on the all-time scoring list.

James passed Jordan with a layup in the second quarter of the Lakers' game against the Denver Nuggets. It was the Lakers star's 32,293rd and 32,294th career points.

It took James 1,190 games to reach that mark while Jordan needed 1,072.

Doncic, Drummond delight

Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists but Dallas fell to the Washington Wizards 132-123. Bradley Beal had 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the win.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds in a 131-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and nine rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs' 111-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Kevin Love looks healthy as he scored 24 points and added 16 rebounds, but the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Brooklyn Nets 113-107.

 

Griffin struggles

The Pistons' Blake Griffin has been great this season but he was not at his best as he scored just nine points on four-of-13 shooting. The nine points is his lowest output since he tallied six in a win over the Hawks on November 9.

 

LaVine lifts Bulls

Zach LaVine scored 39 points while adding five rebounds and four assists. But, it was his layup with 1.5 seconds left that fans will remember because it gave the Chicago Bulls a 108-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wednesday's results

Miami Heat 91-84 Charlotte Hornets
Detroit Pistons 131-114 Minnesota Timberwolves
Washington Wizards 132-123 Dallas Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs 111-104 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 113-107 Cleveland Cavaliers
Chicago Bulls 108-107 Philadelphia 76ers
Utah Jazz 114-104 New Orleans Pelicans
Phoenix Suns 107-96 New York Knicks
Boston Celtics 111-109 Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets 115-99 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Pacers at Bucks

Everyone counted the Indiana Pacers out when Victor Oladipo went down for the season with an injury, but this team have just kept on winning as they have gone 10-8 without him and remain in third place in the Eastern Conference. They are 10-4 in their last 14 games. The Milwaukee Bucks, though, have an MVP candidate – Giannis Antetokounmpo – and the best team (record-wise) in all of the NBA.

The Los Angeles Lakers are facing an uphill battle to earn an NBA playoff berth after losing to the Clippers on Monday.

The Lakers entered the matchup looking to move back into playoff contention, but fell short 113-105.

Despite a 27-point, eight-rebound and six-assist performance from LeBron James and a triple-double from Rajon Rondo, the Lakers were just outmatched.

Brandon Ingram did not play in the contest because of a shoulder injury.

Danilo Gallinari led the way for the Clippers with 23 points while Lou Williams chipped in 21 of his own.

The Lakers have dropped to 30-34, while the Clippers extended their winning streak to three games and improved to 37-29. The Lakers are now five and a half games behind the eighth-placed San Antonio Spurs.

 

Randle rises

Julius Randle totalled 30 points and eight rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans' 115-112 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Kelly Oubre Jr.'s 27 points and 13 rebounds led the Phoenix Suns past the Milwaukee Bucks 114-105.

 

Nowitzki can't get going

Dirk Nowitzki only managed four points on two-of-13 shooting in the Dallas Mavericks' 127-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Alex Len scored two points on 0-of-six shooting as the Atlanta Hawks fell short to the Miami Heat 114-113.

 

Tremendous Trier

New York Knicks rookie Allonzo Trier eluded the defense and rushed to the rim for a big slam on the break against the Sacramento Kings.

Anthony Davis finished an alley-oop over Rudy Gobert.

Monday's results

Brooklyn Nets 127-88 Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat 114-113 Atlanta Hawks
San Antonio Spurs 104-103 Denver Nuggets
Phoenix Suns 114-105 Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans 115-112 Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings 115-108 New York Knicks
Los Angeles Clippers 113-105 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Celtics at Warriors

Boston have lost five of their last six games and are looking for a quality win. Golden State are the best team in the Western Conference and secured a win against Philadelphia earlier this week. The Celtics need a boost right now, and the Warriors will not be an easy opponent to get one from.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade explained his decision to swap jerseys with Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter after their clash on Monday.

Wade scored 23 points to lead the Heat to a 114-113 win over the Hawks, while he also had two blocks to break Michael Jordan's record for most by a guard in NBA history.

The three-time NBA champion, who is playing his final season, then drew attention after the game when he swapped jerseys with 20-year-old Huerter.

Wade, 37, said he had been told Huerter, who was the 19th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, had grown up idolising him.

"Earlier in the year, a good friend of mine told me about him when he was younger, that he used to wear my shoes, he wore number three because of me, he looked up to me," he told Fox Sports.

"I knew I was going to surprise him the last time we played them but I really like his game.

"Since preseason, we played them all the way to now, he's gotten so much better so from one number three to another, I thought I'd switch jerseys with him."

Miami improved to 29-34 with their win to sit 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Vince Carter climbed up the NBA's all-time scoring list during the Atlanta Hawks' game against the Miami Heat on Monday.

The eight-time All-Star is now 20th in scoring after netting 12 points in the first half, which moved him past Reggie Miller (25,279) in career points.

Carter now trails Carmelo Anthony (25,551), Alex English (25,613) and Kevin Garnett (26,071), among others.

In his 21st season with his eighth different team, Carter is averaging 6.8 points this season.

Carter joined the Hawks on a one-year deal in late July. 

He is shooting 43.2 per cent from the field and 39.1 from three-point range.

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