Celtics (51-29) 121, Hornets (36-44) 114
Boston enjoyed their highest scoring first half of the season, dropping 71 points on the Hornets. Led once again by Isaiah Thomas (32/2/6), the Celtics held off a comeback effort by Charlotte and Nicolas Batum (31/8/3).
Nets (20-60) 107, Bulls (39-41) 106
Brooklyn outscored Chicago 32-24 in the fourth quarter to pull off the victory in what was a much-needed win for the Bulls. Despite a strong effort for Jimmy Butler (33/7/4), who went 12-of-22 from the floor and 5-for-5 from three-point range, the Bulls couldn’t pull off the win despite being superior in almost every offensive and defensive category on the stat sheet.
Pacers (40-40) 127, Magic (28-52) 112
Paul George (37/7/6) continued his epic surge by going 14-for-22 shooting, including 4-for-9 from three. Myles Turner (23/10/1) was also sensational, going 10-for-13 from the field in the victory. Terrence Ross (29/4/2) and Evan Fournier (23/2/2) led the Magic in scoring in the losing effort.
Bucks (41-39) 90, 76ers (28-52) 82
With the victory, the Bucks officially clinched a playoff berth. Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetkounmpo (20/10/6) in what was a very ugly offensive game for both teams. Philadelphia shot just 35.1 percent from the field, just 8-of-31 from three and scored just 12 points in the third quarter in the loss.
Heat (39-41) 106, Wizards (48-32) 103
Led by Hassan Whiteside (30/12/2) and his epic performance, the Heat earned a victory in a must-win situation. John Wall (16/6/8) and Bradley Beal (16/5/5) both struggled shooting the ball in the loss, going a combined 11-for-33 from the floor. Washington had 19 turnovers compared to 21 assists in the loss.
Clippers (49-31) 98, Spurs (61-19) 87
All five Clippers starters plus Jamal Crawford (12/0/2) scored in double-figures. Chris Paul (19/8/8), Blake Griffin (18/8/1) and DeAndre Jordan (17/17/2) led the way for Los Angeles, per usual. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard (28/5/5), LaMarcus Aldridge (18/2/0) and Pau Gasol (15/7/1) were the only Spurs to reach double-figures in the scoring column.
Trail Blazers (40-40) 101, Jazz (49-31) 86
Damian Lillard (59/6/5) set a Blazers record for the most points in a single game. Shooting 18-for-34, including 9-for-14 from three-point range, on the night, Lillard was simply sensational in what was a necessary victory in the battle with the Nuggets for the eighth spot in the West. Despite C.J. McCollum (9/3/5) going a terrible 4-of-20 shooting on the night, the Jazz couldn’t get much going offensively, except for Gordon Hayward (21/5/4).
Warriors (66-14) 123, Pelicans (33-47) 101
Kevin Durant (16/10/6) made his highly-anticipated return while Klay Thompson (20/3/2) and Draymond Green (13/8/3) chipped in while Steph Curry sat out nursing his minor knee injury. The Pelicans were led by Quinn Cook (22/1/3) and Jordan Crawford (21/1/2), both of whom came off the bench.