Wednesday night game round-up: the Lakers upset the Heat amid internal problems

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It was a busy night in the NBA with several landmark moments occurring across the nine affairs on show.

The Warriors needed overtime to edge past the Utah Jazz, the Raptors achieved 50 wins in a season for the first time in their history and the Sacramento Kings hit 30 wins in a campaign for the first time since 2007-08.

Incredibly, however, the Lakers appeared to rally together in light of the internal problems surrounding D'Angelo Russell to dispatch the Heat, one of the form sides in the league since the All-Star break.

Atlanta Hawks 95-107 Toronto Raptors

The home side put on a dominant display at the Air Canada Center after taking the lead midway through the first quarter, they never relinquished their control.

For the first time in 10 games the Hawks were held to under 100 points and point guard Jeff Teague managed to lead his team with 18 points. However, DeMar DeRozan led the way for the dominant Raptors with 26 points and his pairing with Kyle Lowry - who put up 11 assists - sealed it.

The Raptors managed to consistently hit the Hawks on the fast break and the visitors 18 turnovers to the Canadian's 11 told the story.

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Denver Nuggets 109-105 Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies dropped their fourth straight game as Will Barton's 25 points helped the Nuggets' young lineup continue to exude an exciting amount of potential.

Emmanuel Mudiay also pitched in with 17 points to continue his impressive run of form while Nikola Jokic was the top rebounder on the night with 14 boards.

Denver had a lead of 20 points at one stage and although the Grizzlies dominated them in the paint with nearly double the amount of points, it wasn't enough to snap their cold streak. Memphis sit fifth in the Western Conference in dire need of some form heading into the playoffs.

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Phoenix Suns 94-105 Milwaukee Bucks

Hot on the heels of coach Jason Kidd's insistence that Giannis Antetokounmpo would serve as the Bucks' point guard next year, the Greek Freak took a back seat to his teammates in this one.

Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton combined to drop 47 points and even though Phoenix had firm control of the paint and the boards, the Bucks were far more consistent with their jumpers in this battle.

Neither side will be heading to the postseason, but with their respective rebuilds, it's easy for both sets of fans to take some excitement from their recent endeavours. Alex Len and his rebounding skills, in particular, for Phoenix.

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Los Angeles Clippers 99-79 Minnesota Timberwolves

Chris Paul took over to lead the Clippers to their fourth win on the bounce and pick up some vital form in the home stretch of the regular season with Blake Griffin still on the shelf.

CP3 racked up 20 points and 16 dimes on this road trip, while Karl-Anthony Towns replied with 16 points and 11 boards to lead the Minnesota resistance.

This game was won and lost in the free-throw department with the Clippers boasting an 88.9 percent conversion rate, as opposed to the Timberwolves' 64.7 percent.

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New York Knicks 89-91 Dallas Mavericks

Carmelo Anthony's 31 points wasn't enough to bring some positivity to the Big Apple after yet another frustrating season for the storied franchise.

J.J Barea led the Mavericks with 26 points and seven assists whilst Dirk Nowitzki had an uncharacteristically quiet night with just 11 points to his name.

Ultimately, turnovers appeared to cost the Knicks here who once again, they appeared reliant on Anthony to make something happen offensively. Without the injured Kristaps Porzingis, New York sorely missed the big man's paint presence.

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New Orleans Pelicans 92-100 San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs freight train continues to bolt towards the postseason as they disposed of the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans at the AT&T Center.

Manu Ginobili - as he so often has throughout his Spurs tenure - came up wth the goods as he led the Spurs with 20 points and he was ably assisted by Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who pitched in 16 points apiece.

With no Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson or indeed Davis, this was always going to be a tall order for the Pelicans, who missed nine players through injury in total.

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Golden State Warriors 103-96 Utah Jazz

The Western Conference champions elect, the Golden State Warriors, managed to fend off a game Utah Jazz outfit thanks to Stephen Curry's 31 points as the reigning MVP came through once again for the reigning champions.

Behind Rudy Gobert's 18 rebounds, the Jazz took control of the Warriors in the paint and on the boards, but, of course, that's not where the Warriors flourish.

The Splash Bros produced eight threes between them, which was one less than Utah as a team, and their time-tested perimeter offence was enough to eventually put the Jazz to bed in overtime in this one.

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Washington Wizards 111-120 Sacramento Kings

It was a typical night for the stars of the Kings; DeMarcus Cousins produced 29 points and 10 rebounds in another dominant performance whilst Rajon Rondo laid on his usual 11 dimes.

The Kings have made 30 wins in an NBA campaign for the first time in nine years, but it doesn't look like their counterparts on Wednesday night will enjoy the same progressive season.

The Wizards are no longer in pole position to steal a playoff place in the Eastern Conference and even with Bradley Beal and John Wall excelling with their fast-paced style at times, their weakness in the paint shone through.

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Miami Heat 100-102 Los Angeles Lakers

Incredibly, after a day where the Lakers made the news for all the wrong reasons, the home side managed to defeat one of the form outfits over the past two months in overtime.

Kobe Bryant only recorded two points in eight minutes of action compared to Dwyane Wade's 26, but the real story here saw D'Angelo Russell manage to cope with the media scrutiny to drop 16 points alongside his Swag bro Jordan Clarkson, who racked up 26.

Julius Randle put on another monstrous performance to battle Hassan Whiteside on the boards where the former grabbed 14 and the latter managed 17. However, It would be Randle who had the last laugh as the second-year star put up the winning basket with mere seconds remaining.

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New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Toronto Raptors
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
L.A. Clippers
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks
Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Utah Jazz
Northwest Division
Golden State Warriors
Atlanta Hawks
Memphis Grizzlies
Denver Nuggets
Minnesota Timberwolves
L.A. Lakers

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