Clippers blow out Rockets; Celtics move into first; Cavs blow another lead

Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Clippers

Celtics (52-29) 114, Nets (20-61) 105

The Celtics moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with the victory. Led by Isaiah Thomas (27/4/3), Al Horford (19/8/4) and Avery Bradley (18/5/2), the Celtics led the Nets to 36.0 percent shooting for the game. In the loss, Brook Lopez (25/7/2) became the Nets’ all-time leading scorer.

Pacers (41-40) 120, 76ers (28-53) 111

Paul George (27/2/5) scored 19 of his 27 points in the first half as the Pacers offense clicked all night long. Shooting 57.6 percent from the field, Indiana held the 76ers to 46.7 percent shooting. In the loss, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (24/5/3) set a career-high in points and went 8-for-12 shooting, including 4-for-5 from three.

Heat (40-41) 124, Cavaliers (51-30) 121

Coming off of a game in which they blew a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter last night, the Cavaliers blew an 11-point lead in the fourth in this game and eventually lost in overtime. Playing without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Cleveland couldn’t get the job done down the stretch, despite an amazing game by Deron Williams (35/7/9). Hassan Whiteside (23/18/1) double-doubled in the must-win game for Miami.

Bulls (40-41) 122, Magic (28-53) 75

The Bulls held a 34-13 lead after the first quarter and didn’t look back. All five Bulls starters scored over 13 points and they were on fire from deep, hitting 12 of their 26 three-point attempts in the game. Meanwhile, the Magic shot 34.5 percent and just 5-for-27 from beyond the arc.

Bucks (42-39) 89, Hornets (36-45) 79

The Bucks were sensational from three-point range, going 16-for-28 on the night. Oddly enough, they attempted just five free throws in the victory, hitting three of them. Gianni Antetokounmpo (10/11/10) recorded a triple-double over 36 minutes played in the low-scoring contest. The Hornets played without Kemba Walker, who sat out to rest.

Wizards (49-32) 105, Pistons (37-44) 101

Playing without John Wall was no problem for the Wizards, as Bradley Beal (33/2/3) stepped up to fill the scoring column. While Washington lost the turnover battle 17-10, they were able to hold off Ish Smith (16/2/9), Tobias Harris (22/5/2) and the Pistons down the stretch.

Trail Blazers (41-40) 99, Spurs (61-20) 98

The Blazers won on a ridiculous last-second play. All 13 Spurs players played over 12 minutes in the close battle. With their eighth seed clinched, Portland rested both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, which opened the door for Shabazz Napier (32/6/5) to have the game of his life.

Clippers (50-31) 125, Rockets (54-27) 96

The Clippers outscored the Rockets 36-12 in the third quarter and at that point, the game was essentially over. James Harden (14/7/6) only played 24 minutes and went just 2-for-9 shooting in the game. Meanwhile, the Big Three of Chris Paul (19/5/9), Blake Griffin (18/8/2) and DeAndre Jordan (14/11/2) all produced efficiently and none of the three logged 30 minutes on the court due to the blowout.

Jazz (50-31) 105, Warriors (66-15) 99

The Warriors rested Klay Thompson and the Jazz were without All-Star Gordon Hayward due to a quad contusion in this matchup. Rudy Gobert (17/18/0) and company stole the win on the road from Steph Curry (28/4/4) and his crew. Interestingly, the Jazz made 13 three-pointers compared to Golden State’s nine.

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