Friday night game round-up: Cavaliers clinch playoff berth in the Eastern Conference

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Victor Oladipo scored an impressive 45 points for the Orlando Magic, but this wasn't enough for the team to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in what was a very close game that finished 109-103 on Friday night at the Amway Center.

Kyrie Irving was one of the top performers on the night for the Cavaliers, as he scored 26 points and earned one rebound and five assists. LeBron James  scored 18 points, with seven rebounds and eight assists.

Oladipo's 45 points was a career best, and he followed it up with five rebound and three assists to try and keep the Magic in the tie. Evan Fournier scored 18 points, with four rebounds and two assists. 

The win moves the Cavaliers to a 49-19 record, which is still the best in the conference, and they have now also clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Thunder 111, Sixers 97

Russell Westbrook recorded his NBA.-leading 13th triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists during the Oklahoma City Thunder's 111-97 victory over the Philadelphia Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Westbrook’s 13 triple-doubles ties him with Grant Hill (1996-97) and Jason Kidd (2007-08) for the most in a season over the last 25 years. Kevin Durant also scored 26 points, with 13 rebounds and six assists.

Nik Stauskas achieved 23 points with four rebounds and three assists for the Sixers, but this wasn't enough to stop the Thunder from winning the game and securing a playoff spot in the Western Conference.


The Golden State Warriors continued their dominance in the NBA and moved to a 62-6 record in the Western Conference with an impressive 130-112 win against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.

Stephen Curry performed well as always, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds and 10 assists while Klay Thompson was the top scorer on the night with 39 points, and he added six rebounds and two assists.

Six players scored double figures on the night for the Mavericks, with Dirk Nowitzki as the highest scorer with 24 points, adding nine rebounds and four assists.

Kings 108, Pistons 115

DeMarcus Cousins had a good night for the Sacramento Kings, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds and three assists, but this wasn't enough as his team was defeated 115-108 by the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Marcus Morris scored the most points for the Pistons on the night with 24, adding three rebounds and two assists, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn't far behind with 23 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

The win against the Kings puts the Pistons in a virtual tie with the Chicago Bulls for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. If they manage to achieve a better record than the Bulls by the end of the season, this will be their first postseason berth since 2009.

Celtics 91, Raptors 105

Kyle Lowry scored 32 points on the night, adding four rebounds and five assists to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the Boston Celtics 105-91 at the Air Canada Center.

Luis Scola added 17 points for the Raptors, as well as having three rebounds.

Only two players for the Celtics managed to score double figures, with Isaiah Thomas being the top performer with 20 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Evan Turner also scored 12 points with five rebounds and two assists.

The Celtics' losing streak now extends to four games, while the win helps the Raptors keep in chase of the Cavaliers at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Timberwolves 111, Rockets 116

James Harden had 29 points, five rebounds, and 14 assists as the Houston Rockets earned an 116-111 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Toyota Center.

Five other players also scored double figures for the Rockets on the night as they stay in seventh place in the Western Conference.

Karl Anthony Towns did his best to try and keep the Timberwolves in contention for winning this game by scoring 32 points, with 11 rebounds, and one assist.

Trail Blazers 117, Pelicans 112

Damian Lillard scored 33 points, with eight rebounds and six assists, as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 117-112 at the Smoothie King Center.

CJ McCollum added 30 points, with three rebounds and six assists, while three other players also scored double figures for the Trail Blazers.

Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson scored the most points on the night for the Pelicans, with 30 each, in what ended up as being a very close game by the final buzzer.

Suns 95, Lakers 90

Lou Williams scored 30 points, with three rebounds and three assists for the LA Lakers, but his team couldn't do enough to earn themselves victory as they lost 95-90 to the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center.

Devin Booker was the highest scorer for the Suns on the night, scoring 21 points, with seven rebounds and five assists, but both teams are simply playing for pride now as they are out of playoff contention.

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