Nets (19-59) 141, 76ers (28-50) 118
In one of the most shocking offensive performances of the NBA season, the Nets shot 64.0 percent from the field and scored 81 points in the first half. Oddly enough, eight Brooklyn players scored in double-figures, yet no one topped 16 points in the epic victory. Seven 76ers scored in double-figures as well, yet no one topped 19 points.
Wizards (47-31) 118, Hornets (36-42) 111
Kemba Walker (37/5/4) was sensational, going 13-for-25 from the field, including 6-of-14 from three-point range, but had little help from his teammates. John Wall (23/2/13) and Bradley Beal (19/2/4) led the Wizards in scoring once again as Washington outscored Charlotte 67-48 in the second half.
Cavaliers (50-27) 122, Magic (27-51) 102
Cleveland’s Big Three were sensational, as LeBron James (18/11/11) had a triple-double while Kevin Love (28/11/2) and Kyrie Irving (24/4/8) were extremely efficient. The three went a combined 26-for-47 from the field and Cleveland shot 53.7 percent compared to Orlando’s 38.4 percent mark.
Pacers (38-40) 108, Raptors (47-31) 90
Paul George (35/10/3) continued to put the Pacers on his back and went 12-of-25, including 5-of-10 from three. Indiana outscored Toronto 31-15 in the fourth quarter and went a perfect 18-for-18 from the free throw line in the win. DeMar DeRozan (27/3/2) was the only Raptor to score over 11 points in the loss.
Nuggets (37-40) 134, Pelicans (33-45) 131
In another high-scoring battle, the two teams combined to go 104-for-199 from the floor in what was an up-tempo display. Despite valiant efforts by Anthony Davis (41/5/0) and DeMarcus Cousins (30/14/9), who nearly posted a triple-double, the Pelicans couldn’t come up with defensive stops. Danilo Gallinari (28/5/3), Gary Harris (23/8/5) and Nikola Jokic (21/12/4) all surpassed the 20-point threshold for Denver in the win.
Thunder (44-33) 110, Bucks (40-38) 79
Russell Westbrook (12/13/13) recorded his 41st triple-double of the season and is now tied with Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a single season in NBA history. OKC was up 63-39 at halftime and never looked back. The Bucks shot 35.8 percent from the floor, including 3-of-18 from three-point range in the blowout loss.
Knicks (30-48) 100, Bulls (38-40) 91
Despite the fact that the Knicks were playing without both Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis, the Bulls couldn’t pull this one off. Carmelo Anthony (23/7/2) led the Knicks in scoring and despite solid performances from Jimmy Butler (26/3/4) and Nikola Mirotic (21/10/0), the Bulls shot just 38.1 percent and scored just 16 points in the second quarter.
Spurs (60-17) 95, Grizzlies (42-36) 89
It took an overtime period, but San Antonio earned its 60th win of the season. Kawhi Leonard (32/12/4) was sensational, going 10-of-24 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three while adding two steals and a block for the Spurs. Marc Gasol (11/6/7) made his return for the Grizzlies, but didn’t make much of an impact, shooting 5-of-11.
Jazz (48-30) 106, Trail Blazers (38-40) 87
While C.J. McCollum (25/6/1) went 11-of-22 from the floor, co-star Damian Lillard (16/2/3) went an abysmal 5-of-20. Gordon Hayward (30/4/2) and Rudy Gobert (20/11/3) led the way for Utah, while four other Jazz players scored in double-figures in the lopsided win.
Warriors (64-14) 121, Timberwolves (31-46) 107
Karl-Anthony Towns (21/6/4), Andrew Wiggins (24/4/2) and Shabazz Muhammad (24/11/1) did their best to keep the game close, but they were outmatched by a more talented and experienced team. Klay Thompson (41/2/3) went 13-of-24 from the floor, including 7-for-14 from three in a dominant individual performance.
Kings (31-47) 98, Mavericks (32-45) 87
Willie Cauley-Stein (12/16/1) double-doubled and Ben McLemore (22/3/0) went 8-for-13 shooting, including a perfect 5-for-5 from three off the bench. Just three Mavericks scored in double-figures and no one topped 13 points. Dallas went just 12-for-43 from three-point range in the loss.