Los Angeles Lakers recruit Anthony Davis said he would "definitely consider" playing for hometown team the Chicago Bulls.

Davis is preparing for his first NBA season with the Lakers after arriving from the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade.

The All-Star will be a free agent at the end of 2019-20 and he is yet to publicly commit his long-term future to the Lakers.

While Davis could re-sign in Los Angeles, the 26-year-old Chicago-born center would be open to joining the Bulls.

"I mean, [this is] definitely [my] hometown," Davis told the Chicago Tribune. "If the opportunity ever presents itself and when that time comes, I'd definitely consider it."

"A lot of these kids are from the same neighbourhoods that I'm from. And so to have someone come back that they can relate to, I think that's a huge impact on them," Davis said.

"It's fun to come back to where you're from and help the youth. These kids are amazing. They're fun to hang around and they listen. They want to learn. There's some good talent. ... I'm excited to give my knowledge and experience and spend this time with them."

Davis remains focused on the 2019-20 season as he joins forces with Lakers superstar LeBron James.

In addition to Davis, the Lakers also landed Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and Avery Bradley.

"We stand great," Davis said of his current team. "I feel very confident in our team and our roster. I'm excited about it. The league is going to be fun this year."

The Chicago Bulls have acquired Tomas Satoransky from the Washington Wizards in a sign-and-trade agreement.

Chicago sent a 2020 second-round pick – which will be the higher of either the Bulls' or the Memphis Grizzlies' selections – to Washington and also agreed to the rights to swap 2022 second-round picks and remove the protection on a 2023 second-round pick owed to the Wizards after a previous trade.

Point guard Satoransky signed a three-year, $30million deal with the Bulls, according to ESPN.

"We wish Tomas and his family the very best as he starts a new chapter in his career and we're pleased to acquire draft picks that will allow us to continue to build for the future," said Wizards senior vice-president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard.

"He worked very hard with our coaching and development staff over his entire time with the Wizards and it showed with the improvement in his overall game."

Satoransky was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and average 6.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 210 games with the Wizards.

The Bulls announced the arrival of Thaddeus Young on Saturday, the free agent reportedly agreeing a three-year, $41m deal.

Luc Longley is no stranger to success in the NBA. He won three consecutive championships alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s.

From 1996 to 1998, the Bulls dominated the league. Phil Jackson's Chicago overcame the Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz for a three-peat.

Now, the Golden State Warriors are chasing the same feat this season. Led by Steve Kerr, who was a team-mate of Longley and Jordan in that iconic Bulls team, the two-time reigning champions are looking to become just the fourth team after Chicago, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers to three-peat.

Reflecting on his own experiences with the Bulls, Longley singled out Draymond Green amid Golden State's pursuit of back-to-back-to-back triumphs.

"We actively kept it fresh and on track," Longley told Omnisport. "I don't think it happens in the same way that chasing your first championship happens, where everything is fresh and on track.

"I often the say the first thing for everything is more exciting, whether it's your first kiss, glass of wine or whatever it is – you're more turned on and excited by the first championship. By the time you get to the third one, you're looking for other things within that to get excited by.

"I think that's why the Warriors keep Green in that locker room, to keep things unsettled and not too comfortable. It's easy to get comfortable. We had Dennis Rodman for that."

The Warriors ended the regular season with a 57-25 win-loss record and the top seed in the Western Conference. Golden State needed six games to get past the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.

Golden State – boasting a star-studded roster including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson – are up against James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the conference semi-finals.

What are the challenges facing the Warriors this season as opposed to the Bulls in the '90s?

"For us, it was age. We were getting old as a team – Michael Jordan, Dennis, Scottie [Pippen], they were all getting towards the end of their careers," Longley said. "The challenges now are the distractions. Social media and the player engagement thing is so much more distracting than it was when I was playing."

The Warriors have the chance to claim their fourth championship in five seasons. A mammoth feat not only for the players but head coach Kerr, who is eyeing his second three-peat.

"He would have a really clear understanding of how difficult it is," Australian Hall of Famer Longley added. "He would've been working all year on keeping the guys fresh and engaged. Sometimes fresh and engaged is challenged.

"One thing that Phil did too, he had several new offensive wrinkles that people hadn't seen in the regular season to our triangle. I think Steve would be giving them some new stuff to play out of. Probably defensively challenging guys a bit."

Longley continued: "I know he [Kerr] will be excited. He will be pumped. Each successive one gets more difficult I think. His collection of hardware is getting ridiculous.

"The reason he is a good coach is that he is proud of his craft and he's into it, and engaged with the team. He would have his juices properly flowing. Steve will be fully awake and engaged now."

"He is intelligent," Longley, who keeps in contact with Kerr, said. "He is considered. He is caring and he is also a cold-hearted b****** when he has to be. He is what you see. Years and years of success have given that a sturdy grain and he has been rewarded for that."

The Golden State Warriors start their NBA playoffs campaign looking to join an elite group of teams by winning their third successive title. 

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.

The Brooklyn Nets moved up to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 133-128 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Milwaukee rested NBA MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo as he recovers from a calf injury and playoff hopefuls the Nets took full advantage.

Nets All-Star D'Angelo Russell led the way with 25 points and 10 assists, but one of the year's best stories Caris LeVert added 24 off the bench.

Russell closed out the game with a drive to the bucket with less than a minute to play.

The Nets are now tied with the Orlando Magic for sixth in the east and have a half-game lead over the eighth-placed Detroit Pistons.

There are only two games remaining in the regular season for Brooklyn, and they are just one-and-a-half games ahead of ninth-seeded Miami Heat.

Brooklyn and Miami meet in the final game of the regular season.

 

Redick leads 76ers

JJ Redick scored a team-high 23 points for the Philadelphia 76ers, who beat the Chicago Bulls 116-96.

JaKarr Sampson exploded for a surprising 29 points and eight rebounds in Chicago's defeat.

Eric Bledsoe recorded a game-high 33 points and 11 assists for the Bucks.

 

Carroll struggles from the floor

DeMarre Carroll scored four points on two-of-eight shooting for the Nets.

 

Lopez with the fake

Robin Lopez showcased a crafty ball fake to create space for a finish under the rim.

Khris Middleton connected with D.J. Wilson on a behind-the-back pass on the break for a slam.

 

Saturday's results

Brooklyn Nets 133-128 Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers 116-96 Chicago Bulls

 

Heat at Raptors

Miami are ninth in the Eastern Conference. The Heat could position themselves to break into the postseason, but will likely have to win out in their remaining games to do so. The Toronto Raptors have clinched the second seed, so they could ease up over the next week to preserve their team's health.

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.

The Boston Celtics got an unlikely triple-double from Al Horford in their 110-105 victory over the Miami Heat in the NBA on Monday.

Horford totalled 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in what was just the second triple-double of his 12-year career.

Boston got out to a sizable first-half lead, but Miami came battling back in the fourth. The Heat's comeback was fuelled by Goran Dragic's 30-point performance, but the Celtics simply had too many options, even without Jaylen Brown (back).

Miami (38-39) hold the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Magic are just a half-game back. The scramble for a postseason appearance could get hectic as the regular season comes to a close.

Boston (46-32), the Eastern Conference's fourth seed, are even with Indiana with four games to play before the playoffs.

 

Bledsoe brilliant against Brooklyn

Eric Bledsoe poured in a game-high 29 points in the Milwaukee Bucks' 131-121 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Robin Lopez scored a season-high 29 points in the Chicago Bulls' 113-105 loss to the New York Knicks.

Danny Green's season-high of 29 points helped lift the Toronto Raptors past the Magic 121-109.

 

Joseph struggles

Cory Joseph tallied four points on two-of-nine shooting in the Indiana Pacers' 111-102 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Jonah Bolden scored two points on one-of-six shooting in the Philadelphia 76ers' 122-102 blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

 

Jones tricks Lillard

Tyus Jones fooled Damian Lillard with a step-back jumper in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 132-122 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell moved the defense with a ball fake and threw the ball in at the rim against the Charlotte Hornets.

Monday's results

Indiana Pacers 111-102 Detroit Pistons
Boston Celtics 110-105 Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks 131-121 Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks 113-105 Chicago Bulls
Toronto Raptors 121-109 Orlando Magic
Portland Trail Blazers 132-122 Minnesota Timberwolves
Dallas Mavericks 122-102 Philadelphia 76ers
Utah Jazz 111-102 Charlotte Hornets
Phoenix Suns 122-113 Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Nuggets at Warriors

Only one game separates Denver and Golden State in the Western Conference standings. The Nuggets are coming off a disappointing loss to the Washington Wizards and will have to rally to win in Oracle Arena. One of these team will likely claim the top seed, as just six games remain for each side in the regular season.

James Harden has had stellar offensive performances all season, but his display for the Houston Rockets against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday stood out.

The Rockets superstar recorded 50 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his team's 119-108 victory over the Kings in the NBA.

His array of dribble moves fooled Sacramento's defense all game.

Harden recorded an NBA-record fifth 50-point triple-double. It is his ninth 50-point scoring night of 2018-19. He is one of the frontrunners for the MVP award in 2019 and has continued to make a case for himself.

Clint Capela was Houston's second-leading scorer, contributing 24 points and 15 rebounds to the cause.

Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic nearly tallied his own triple-double. He totalled 24 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in the contest.

The Rockets are just one win away from reaching 50 victories this season. They are still within reach of first place in the Western Conference, but the Kings have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.

 

Russell leads Nets

D'Angelo Russell totalled 29 points and 10 assists as the Brooklyn Nets took down the Boston Celtics 110-96.

Aaron Gordon posted 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the Orlando Magic's 121-116 victory against the Indiana Pacers.

 

Bad Beverley

Patrick Beverley squeaked by with four points on one-of-10 shooting in the Los Angeles Clippers' 132-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Al-Farouq Aminu was held scoreless on 0-of-nine shooting in the Portland Trail Blazers' 99-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

 

Simmons' nice move

Ben Simmons did a 180 and finished an impressive reverse layup for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

James Johnson knifed through the lane to finish a powerful dunk for the Miami Heat against the New York Knicks.

Saturday's results

Los Angeles Clippers 132-108 Cleveland Cavaliers
Brooklyn Nets 110-96 Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets 119-108 Sacramento Kings
Detroit Pistons 99-90 Portland Trail Blazers
Orlando Magic 121-116 Indiana Pacers
Miami Heat 100-92 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 124-101 Chicago Bulls
Philadelphia 76ers 118-109 Minnesota Timberwolves
Memphis Grizzlies 120-115 Phoenix Suns

 

Grizzlies at Clippers

Los Angeles have had an up-and-down season. But they have won eight of their past 10 games and sit just a half game back from the Utah Jazz for the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers' performances for the rest of the regular season could change the playoff picture.

The Oklahoma City Thunder claimed up a much-needed win after topping the Indiana Pacers 107-99, while reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies.

Russell Westbrook's triple-double led the Thunder to just their second victory in seven games on Wednesday.

The Pacers led by nine points at half-time but the Thunder went on a 24-0 run in the third quarter and held on from there thanks to Westbrook's 17 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

It was the most unanswered points scored by one team in the NBA this season.

Paul George finished with 31 points for the Thunder – who have dropped to seventh in the Western Conference amid their slide – while Steven Adams chipped in 25.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points for Indiana – who are fourth in the east – in the losing effort.

 

Durant and Curry inspire Warriors

Kevin Durant made 12 of his 13 shots from the field and registered 28 points to help the Warriors top the Grizzlies 118-103. Stephen Curry also scored 28 points.

Seth Curry came off the bench and tallied 20 points while hitting four of his seven three-pointers in the Portland Trail Blazers' 118-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker scored 50 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Washington Wizards in a 124-121 loss. Booker became the youngest NBA player to record back-to-back 50-point games.

 

Sampson and Holiday go cold

Bulls guard Brandon Sampson shot two of seven and finished with four points in his team's loss. He was minus-22 for the game.

Justin Holiday was minus-25 and missed seven of his 10 shots in the Grizzlies' defeat.

 

No stopping Cousins!

DeMarcus Cousins with the coast-to-coast dunk.

 

Wednesday's results

Portland Trail Blazers 118-98 Chicago Bulls
Golden State Warriors 118-103 Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder 107-99 Indiana Pacers
Washington Wizards 124-121 Phoenix Suns
Utah Jazz 115-100 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Nuggets at Rockets

Two of the Western Conference's best teams will face off in Houston on Thursday. The Denver Nuggets enter the matchup having won seven of their last eight games while the Rockets are coming off of a loss in Milwaukee. This should be a fun one.

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.

Joel Embiid inspired the Philadelphia 76ers to a come-from-behind 118-115 victory against the Boston Celtics.

Embiid tallied a game-high 37 points and 22 rebounds to help the 76ers overcome their NBA Eastern Conference rivals on Wednesday.

The 76ers trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and headed into the locker room down 11 in Philadelphia midweek.

But, the 76ers rallied over the next 12 minutes and took the lead for good with less than a minute to play on an and-one by Ben Simmons.

Jimmy Butler added 22 points on seven-of-17 shooting for the 76ers, while Tobias Harris chipped in 21.

Kyrie Irving finished with 36 points for Boston in the losing effort but connected on just three of his 13 three-point attempts.

Philadelphia improved to 47-25 and sit third in the east. Meanwhile, Boston are fifth with a 43-29 record.

 

Westbrook, Harden's big nights not enough for Thunder and Rockets

Russell Westbrook tallied 42 points and 11 rebounds for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who succumbed to the Toronto Raptors 123-114 in overtime.

Houston Rockets star James Harden poured in 57 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but his team fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 126-125 in overtime.

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 30 points and added five assists in the Utah Jazz's 137-116 win over the New York Knicks.

 

Wilson woeful in Bucks' shock loss

Milwaukee Bucks forward D.J. Wilson came off the bench and missed eight of his nine shots against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who stunned the high flyers 107-102.

Julius Randle was one-of-nine shooting and scored six points in the New Orleans Pelicans' 119-96 loss to the Orlando Magic. He was minus-25 for the game.

 

Wade from way downtown

Dwyane Wade beat the buzzer against the San Antonio Spurs as the Miami Heat won 110-105.

Chandler Parsons hit the one-legged three-pointer.

 

Wednesday's results

Cleveland Cavaliers 107-102 Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers 118-115 Boston Celtics
Orlando Magic 119-96 New Orleans Pelicans
Utah Jazz 137-116 New York Knicks
Memphis Grizzlies 126-125 Houston Rockets (OT)
Chicago Bulls 126-120 Washington Wizards (OT)
Miami Heat 110-105 San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors 123-114 Oklahoma City Thunder (OT)
Portland Trail Blazers 126-118 Dallas Mavericks

 

Pacers at Warriors

The Indiana Pacers will look to rebound with a road win against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. The Pacers have lost three in a row and five of their last seven, while the Warriors enter the matchup coming off a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Denver Nuggets clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012-13 with a 114-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Denver (47-22) is just the second Western Conference team to secure a place in the postseason in 2018-19. The Golden State Warriors is the other.

The Nuggets had plenty of scoring, as seven of their players reached double-digits in points. Nikola Jokic led the pack with 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on the night.

On the other side, Kyrie Irving poured in a game-high 30 points.

Denver extended its winning streak to four games with the victory. Boston had won two straight, but will have to start over against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

George top scores in defeat

Paul George tallied 31 points and nine rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 116-107 loss to the Miami Heat.

Stephen Curry accumulated 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as Golden State lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 111-105.

Collin Sexton scored a game-high 27 points to help his Cleveland Cavaliers take down the Detroit Pistons, 126-119.

Hezonja off target in Raptor loss

Mario Hezonja scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in the New York Knicks' 128-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Ingles, Nurkic with big plays

Joe Ingles nailed this step back jumper in the Utah Jazz's 116-95 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Jusuf Nurkic climbed the ladder in the Portland Trail Blazer's 69-60 win against the Indiana Pacers.

What's Next?

Brooklyn Nets (36-36) at Sacramento Kings (34-35) 10 p.m. ET — Brooklyn and Sacramento are two of the NBA's most exciting young teams. The Nets are in the playoff picture, while the Kings will have to fight to make the postseason in the West. Regardless of the standings, these squads will both bring plenty of intensity on Tuesday.

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