Cavaliers 123, Pacers 109
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night by a scoreline of 123-109 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The result may have already been predetermined by the Cavaliers' decision to rest LeBron James, but the Pacers weren't going to let up, as Paul George scored 29 points, while C.J. Miles added 21 points.
Solomon Hill and Ian Mahinmi each added 15 for the Pacers, and Monta Ellis added 13 points and eight assists to keep the Pacers in the seventh slot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. The Cavaliers' top scorer was Kyrie Irving who scored 26, followed by Kevin Love who added 23.
Pistons 108, Magic 104
The Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic by a scoreline of 108-104 at the Amway Center.
The Pistons moved closer to its first playoff appearance in seven seasons thanks to the efforts of Reggie Jackson, who scored 24 points on the night. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18, while Andre Drummond scored 13, and also had 16 rebounds. Reggie Bullock and Tobias Harris each scored 13 points for Detroit as well.
Evan Fournier was the top scorer on the night for the Magic with 19 points, while Victor Oladipo added 16 points.
Wizards 121, Nets 103
The Washington Wizards secured a win against the Brooklyn Nets by a scoreline of 121-103 at the Verizon Center without their top scorer John Wall in their squad, who was out with a sore right knee.
The win keeps Washington's playoff hopes alive, although they currently sit in 10th place in the chase, so their chances of being involved in the postseason fun is low.
The Wizards led by as many as 28 points and outscored the Nets 67-51 in the second half. Washington's Ramon Sessions had 18 points and a season-high 13 assists, but Bradley Beal was the top scorer on the night for the Wizards with 25 points. Thomas Robinson was the top scorer for the Nets with 23.
Celtics 104, Pelicans 97
The Boston Celtics defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 104-97 at the TD Garden, keeping them on their quest to securing home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points for the Celtics on the night, scoring more than double the number of points than anyone else on his team. The win moves Boston (46-32) into a virtual tie with the Atlanta Hawks (46-32) for third place in the Eastern Conference.
No Pelicans player managed to score 20+ points on the night, as Toney Douglas was the team's top scorer on the court with only 19 points.
Hornets 111, Knicks 97
The Charlotte Hornets won by a scoreline of 111-97 at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.
Kemba Walker scored 34 points on the night for the Hornets, which makes it 13 games this season where he has scored 30 or more points, the third-highest total in the Eastern Conference. He also had a career-best seven three-pointers on 10 attempts.
Al Jefferson came off the Charlotte bench to score 24 points in 28 minutes while Derrick Williams was the top performer for the Knicks on the night with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Mavericks 88, Rockets 86
J.J. Barea scored 27 points for the Dallas Mavericks, as they defeated the Houston Rockets 88-86 in a close game at the American Airlines Center.
Dallas' fifth win in a row keeps them in the hunt alongside the Rockets and the Utah Jazz for the final two Western Conference playoff spots. The win against Houston also means they have split the series, as the Rockets could have taken the series and a playoff tiebreaker with a win.
Wesley Matthews scored 16 points for the Mavericks while James Harden was the top scorer on the night for Houston with 26 points. Dwight Howard got 14 points with 16 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 120, Thunder 115
At the Moda Center, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a scoreline of 120-115. The win secures a playoff spot for the Trail Blazers.
Al-Farouq Aminu scored 27 points for Portland while CJ McCollum added 26 points and Allen Crabbe came off the bench for 16 points.
Enes Kanter scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for the Thunder, who were also resting four starters, including stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, as they have already secured the number three playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dion Waiters scored 25 points and Anthony Morrow contributed 19 points for Oklahoma.
Clippers 91, Lakers 81
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated their city rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, by a scoreline of 91-81 at the Staples Center.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant was the top scorer on the night between the teams with 17 points, but he was closely followed by DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Clippers' J.J. Redick, who also scored 15 points. The victory for the Clippers means they have defeated the Lakers for the 11th straight time.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul had 13 points each for the Clippers while Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell had 13 points each for the Lakers as well.