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Atlanta Hawks 122-101 Washington Wizards

Only two nights remove from a painful 15-point loss on home soil, the Hawks took the very first opportunity to bounce back when they demolished the Wizards by 21 points at the Verizon Center.

Ultimately, the Hawks' bench depth was the difference maker in this affair with promising point guard Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr. coming off the pine to combine for 37 points.

Marcus Thornton produced 23 points on the strength of five three-pointers to lead the Wizards, however, star man John Wall went 6-17 from the field as the Hawks stifled his influence.

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Milwaukee Bucks 104-113 Cleveland Cavaliers

On Kyrie Irving's 23rd birthday, Kevin Love and LeBron James gave the point guard the perfect gift by leading the Cavaliers to victory over an impressive young Milwaukee unit.

The Cavs beat the Bucks in rebounding, points in the paint and they committed fewer turnovers. James and Love combined for 50 points and Irving served up eight dimes to celebrate.

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The 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the way with 26 points for the Bucks but this result leaves them 11th with three losses in a row.

Toronto Raptors 79-91 Boston Celtics

In an intriguing second versus the fourth matchup, Isiah Thomas would be the difference maker at the TD Garden in Boston.

Thomas dropped 23 points for the victors in the face of 21 from DeMar DeRozan, but with Kyle Lowry sitting this one out, solid contributions from Avery Bradley and Evan Turner tipped the scales in Bostons favour.

Bismack Biyombo managed another 13 rebounds after recently breaking the franchise record in that department for Toronto. But, despite a 10-0 run in third quarter, Boston comfortably held out.

Orlando Magic 102-118 Detroit Pistons

The Pistons tightened their grip on the final playoff spot in the east with a comprehensive 16-point win over the 12th placed Magic.

Andre Drummond was the star of the show once again. The dominant center dropped 30 points and grabbed 14 boards en route to a show-stealing performance, although Reggie Jackson's nine assists didn't go unnoticed.

The Magic continue to feel the absence of Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton's team-high 20-points wasn't nearly enough. The Pistons committed 15 turnovers to the Magic's six in this encounter, too.

New York Knicks 115-107 Chicago Bulls

The Bulls playoff hopes are fading after this loss to a struggling Knicks, thanks to a four-game winning streak for the Pistons.

The Knicks absolutely crushed the Bulls on the boards in this one after grabbing 53 to Chicago's 34 and the visitors led by 22-points at one stage.

Kristaps Porzingis tied his career-high of 29 points to continue and impressive rookie campaign and, of course, Carmelo Anthony weighed in with 24 points himself.

Utah Jazz 89-87 Houston Rockets

The Jazz leapfrogged the Rockets into the final playoff berth with this all important victory at the Toyota Center, thanks to Gordon Hayward's 23 points.

James Harden put on a stellar performance for the Rockets with 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and a career-high eight steals, but it wasn't enough to overcome a tenacious Jazz.

Utah scored 13 offensive rebounds compared to the Rockets four, and that desire proved to be the difference. Houston led 49-34 at half-time, too.

Sacramento Kings 104-113 Minnesota Timberwolves

Two teams with distant, if not near-on impossible playoff hopes met on Wednesday night DeMarcus Cousins' bruised right knee deprived us of a Kentucky alumni battle between the Kings man and Rookie of the Year elect Karl-Anthony Towns.

The latter took full advantage of the former's absence to post 26 points and 11 rebounds. Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins contributed another 46 to show what this young Kings side can do.

Rajon Rondo had 25 points and 12 assists for the Kings, but without Cousins were outrebounded and outscored in the paint.

Miami Heat 88-112 San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs got back to winning way to extend to 60-11 to bring the high-flying Heat back down to earth after an impressive showing since the All-Star break.

The Spurs blew past their Eastern counterparts thanks to career-high matching 32 points and excellent contributions from Boban Majanovic and Keith Martin.

Dwyane Wade dropped a team-high 17 points for the Heat but the Spurs ran past them in just about every department. The makes 36 home wins this season for the Spurs and extends their run to 45.

Philadelphia 76ers 103-104 Denver Nuggets

Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay landed a crazy 35-foot buzzer beater to secure the win for the Denver Nuggets and cap off a wonderful performance for the young point guard.

Mudiay led his team with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic put up 18 points each as well.

For Philadelphia - who remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference and the entire league - without Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor, they never had a consistent threat. T.J McConnell 17 points lead the team.

L.A Lakers 107-119 Phoenix Suns

Phoenix managed to record its second win over their Pacific division rivals in a week in what effectively has become the battle for a draft pick.

Kobe Bryant's latest game on his retirement tour spawned 17 points but Julius Randle led the with 19 points and 15 rebounds to collect yet another double-double.

However, Brandon Knight and Devin Booker were at it again for the Suns as they combined for 53 points. There is plenty of promise in that backcourt duo.

Dallas Mavericks 103-109 Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard's tear on the NBA since the All-Star break continued as his 27 points helped lead the Trail Blazers to a win over fellow playoff contenders the Mavericks, and indeed, cement sixth place.

The two Mavs forwards, Wesley Matthews and Dirk Nowitzki, put up 43 points in this affair but Portland's 19-points on the fast break compared to the visitors six proved to be the difference.

Ed Davis also made a solid contribution for the Trail Blazers, coming on to score 16 points from 6-7 shooting.

L.A Clippers 98-114 Golden State Warriors

The Clippers became just one in a long line of teams who have visited the Oracle Center and come away empty handed, making this the 51dt home victory in a row for Golden State.

The 'Splash Bros' - Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson - combined for an incredible 65 points while Draymond Green had 12 points and as many rebounds.

DeAndre Jordan's 19 points couldn't help the Clippers get the result they needed and they slide to three consecutive losses. Golden State has been victorious in all six encounters between the sides this year and has completed their first sweep ver the Clippers in 30 years.

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