Russ makes history; Hawks shock Cavs; Nuggets come through in must-win

Hawks (41-38) 114, Cavaliers (51-28) 100

This was undoubtedly Cleveland’s most embarrassing loss of the season. Atlanta played without Dennis Schroder, Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore, yet somehow took down Kyrie Irving (18/1/7), LeBron James (27/8/7), Kevin Love (15/15/3) and the Cavaliers. The Hawks shot 50.6 percent, including 16-of-37 from three-point range in the victory and was led by Tim Hardaway Jr. (22/2/5) and Mike Dunleavy (20/1/1) off the bench.

Raptors (49-31) 96, Heat (38-41) 94

DeMar DeRozan (38/6/2) carried the Raptors in this one, going 14-of-32 shooting and 10-for-11 from the free throw line in the victory. Despite a strong performance from James Johnson (22/10/3), both Goran Dragic (18/1/1) and Hassan Whiteside (12/10/2) failed to live up to their expectations. Miami had 19 turnovers in the losing effort.

Grizzlies (43-37)101, Knicks (30-50) 88

Without Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks relied on a few of their young players to keep them in the game. The Knicks held a surprising lead heading into the fourth, but Memphis out-scored New York 31-16 in the final quarter to earn the victory. Mike Conley (31/3/6) went 12-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-11 from three-point range in the win.

Pistons (36-43) 114, Rockets (53-26) 109

In the second-most shocking outcome of the night, the Pistons and Boban Marjanovic (27/12/2) took down James Harden (33/9/12) and the Rockets. The fan-favorite Marjanovic saw extended playing time and was sensational, going 12-of-18 shooting on the night. Harden put up his usual numbers, but Houston’s other starters combined for just 27 points, the same amount that Boban put up alone.

Spurs (61-18) 102, Mavericks (32-47) 89

San Antonio keeps finding ways to win. Despite holding out LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Gregg Popovich coached his way to victory. Bryn Forbes (27/3/6), just up from the D-League, turned in a game-high in points and went 10-of-19 shooting out of the blue. Just two Mavericks scored in double-figures in the loss.

Nuggets (38-41) 122, Pelicans (33-46) 106

Outscoring the Pelicans 71-56 in the second half, the Nuggets took care of business in this must-win game. New Orleans was without DeMarcus Cousins and struggled mightily from beyond the arc, going just 3-of-23 in the game. Meanwhile, the Nuggets shot 55.1 percent as a whole and youngsters Jamal Murray (30/4/5) and Nikola Jokic (23/12/5) were sensational, combining to go 19-for-27 from the floor.

Jazz (49-30) 120, Timberwolves (31-48) 113

Despite strong showings from Karl-Anthony Towns (32/13/2), Ricky Rubio (26/3/12) and Andrew Wiggins (25/5/0) and the Wolves breaking a franchise record by going a perfect 28-for-28 from the free throw line, Gordon Hayward (39/3/5) and the Jazz shot an amazing 60.0 percent from the field and were simply too much for the young team to handle.

Suns (23-57) 120, Thunder (45-34) 99

While Russell Westbrook (23/12/8) clinched a season-long triple-double, he was denied his 41st triple-double of the year, which would have broken Oscar Robertson’s record. The Suns intentionally fouled him late in the game to make sure history wouldn’t happen. Devin Booker (37/5/4) and T.J. Warren (23/16/0) were sensational in the victory for the Suns.

Lakers (24-55) 98, Kings (31-48) 94

Led by Julius Randle (25/6/2), the Lakers won a tight, sloppy game. Los Angeles went just 4-for-24 from beyond the arc in the win. Sacramento had 23 turnovers on the night, which ruined their strong shooting performance in which they went 50.7 from the field in the losing effort.

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