NBA March 8 Games Scores & Standings

Posted on 9 Mar, 2016, by in NBA

NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers

A lackluster night of NBA basketball didn’t see some major occurrences except how fun the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be having when Kobe Bryant isn’t playing, while the San Antonio Spurs had an easy time against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors keep on pressing the Cleveland Cavaliers for their lead of the East.

Brooklyn Nets 99  Toronto Raptors 104: The Raptors keep on putting pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a weird game against the inferior Nets. Brooklyn had the lead until the fourth quarter before Toronto turned things upside down, and then almost lost a 14-point lead. Brook Lopez carried the Nets as usual on his shoulders, scoring 35 points. The Raptors had their usual backcourt dominance, with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combining to score 48 points.

San Antonio Spurs 116  Minnesota Timberwolves 91: The Timberwolves managed to make a game of it until the end of the second quarter, and then there was just one team on the court. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 29 points, as David West (scoring 18) and Andre Miller (adding 13) started and made the lineup a very old yet effective one. Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 23 points.

New York Knicks 94  Denver Nuggets 110: Carmelo Anthony had another unpleasant return to the team he played for until a few years ago. He scored 30 points, but the Knicks played bad defense and got crushed on the glass. The Nuggets big men partied, led by Kenneth Faried with 24 points and 10 rebounds, helped out by Nikola Jokic, scoring 20 points to go with 9 rebounds. Gary Harris added 16.

Atlanta Hawks 91  Utah Jazz 84: The Hawks winning in Salt Lake City means the Jazz are drifting away from a playoff spot they eagerly want. The Hawks grabbed the lead late in the first half and never let go, constantly keeping a safe distance. Jeff Teague had one of his best games recently with 24 points and 6 assists and Paul Millsap added 18 against his former team. The Jazz shot just 34.9% from the field, and were led by Gordon Hayward, scoring 22 points.

Washington Wizards 109  Portland Trail Blazers 116: Another Damian Lillard show carried the Blazers, stopping their losing streak. He scored 41 points in the overtime win, hitting six three pointers, not leaving anyone else with too much to do. C.J. McCollum helped out with 18 points. Ramon Sessions scored 21 points off the bench for the Wizards; John Wall scored 20 points.

Orlando Magic 98  Los Angeles Lakers 107: The Lakers simply have fun when Kobe Bryant isn’t playing, winning back-to-back games for the second time in 2016. This was a game that showed what the future might hold for this group, as D’Angelo Russell with 27, Jordan Clarkson with 24 and Julius Randle scoring 23 made the most of the opportunity. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 26 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

1Cleveland Cavaliers4418.71062
2Toronto Raptors4220.6772.062
3Boston Celtics3826.5947.064
4Miami Heat3726.5877.563
5Atlanta Hawks3628.5639.064
6Charlotte Hornets3428.54810.062
7Indiana Pacers3430.53111.064
8Chicago Bulls3230.51612.062
9Detroit Pistons3231.50812.563
10Washington Wizards3033.47614.563
11Orlando Magic2736.42917.563
12Milwaukee Bucks2638.40619.064
13New York Knicks2639.40019.565
14Brooklyn Nets1846.28127.064
15o – Philadelphia 76ers855.12736.563

Western Conference Standings

1x – Golden State Warriors566.90362
2x – San Antonio Spurs5410.8443.064
3Oklahoma City Thunder4320.68313.563
4Los Angeles Clippers4121.66115.062
5Memphis Grizzlies3825.60318.563
6Portland Trail Blazers3431.52323.565
7Dallas Mavericks3331.51624.064
8Houston Rockets3132.49225.563
9Utah Jazz2934.46027.563
10Denver Nuggets2638.40631.064
11Sacramento Kings2537.40331.062
12New Orleans Pelicans2438.38732.062
13Minnesota Timberwolves2045.30837.565
14Phoenix Suns1746.27039.563
15Los Angeles Lakers1451.21543.565
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