NBA April 1 Scores & Standings

A busy Friday night of NBA basketball had the Boston Celtics standing out by beating the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena, something no one has done in over a year. The Cleveland Cavaliers remain on course to finish first in the East with an overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks, while the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and the Miami Heat help their playoff seeding cause with important victories.

Philadelphia 76ers 91  Charlotte Hornets 100: Another comfortable win for Charlotte over Philadelphia, putting them at 4th in the East. Kemba Walker with 27 points, as they held the 76ers to just 36.7% from the field, which countered Charlotte’s disappointing 42.9% from the field.

Dallas Mavericks 98  Detroit Pistons 89: The Mavs come to life in recent games, winning three in a row, putting them at 7th in the West. The Pistons are suddenly quite close to losing their spot in the top 8 on the East side of the NBA map. Marcus Morris has been playing great basketball of late, scoring 31 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15.

Brooklyn Nets 91  New York Knicks 105: The New York City derby went the way of the team with a little bit more hope heading into next season, despite their awful coach. The Nets went more than four minutes without a point in the fourth quarter, losing touch with the Knicks, losing the game. Langston Galloway led New York with 18 points.

Cleveland Cavaliers 110  Atlanta Hawks 108: A big, important overtime win for the Cavaliers, who dropped a 21 point lead they had in the first half to almost lose the game. Kyrie Irving was was terrible with 5-for-23 from the field while LeBron James keeps moving up the scoring charts with 29, 16 rebounds and 9 assists, while also adding three steals. They’re 2.5 games ahead of the Raptors for the lead in the East.

Toronto Raptors 99  Memphis Grizzlies 95: The Raptors keep the pace with the Cavaliers to beat a sliding Grizzlies team that has lost five in a row and might even lose their playoff spot if this continues. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 27 points, Kyle Lowry helped with 22.

Orlando Magic 110  Milwaukee Bucks 113: Two teams on a similar trajectory, with the Bucks having a bit more talent right now. Jabari Parker led the way with 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo pulled off another triple double, scoring 18 points to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Minnesota Timberwolves 85  Utah Jazz 98: The Timberwolves didn’t stand in the way of the Jazz, winning 7 out of their last 10, holding on to 8th in the West. Gordon Hayward was fantastic with 22 points  Derrick Favors scored 18 and Rodney Hood added 17.

Miami Heat 112  Sacramento Kings 106: An important win for the Heat to stay in touch with the Celtics and Hornets, also taking advantage of the Hawks losing. Gerald Green took advantage of the starting spot instead of Dwyane Wade, scoring 30 points while Goran Dragic had 18 points and Luol Deng helped with 17. Darren Collison scored 26 to lead the Kings, who didn’t have DeMarcus Cousins, suspended.

Boston Celtics 109  Golden State Warriors 106: The Warriors their first home game since the NBA Finals last season and after 54 regular season wins at the Oracle arena. Isaiah Thomas with 20 points, Evan Turner with 21 and Jared Sullinger out of everyone with 20 points, but most importantly forced 22 turnovers out of the Warriors, who had Stephen Curry lead them with 8 three pointers and 29 points.

Washington Wizards 106  Phoenix Suns 99: The Wizards are 2.5 games behind 8th in the East, but at least they’re still in the picture. The John Wall and Bradley Beal backcourt gave 43 points; Markieff Morris helped out with 21 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 54 22 .711 76
2 Toronto Raptors  51 24 .680 2.5 75
3 Miami Heat 44 31 .587 9.5 75
4 Charlotte Hornets 44 31 .587 9.5 75
5 Atlanta Hawks 45 32 .584 9.5 77
6 Boston Celtics 44 32 .579 10.0 76
7 Detroit Pistons 40 36 .526 14.0 76
8 Indiana Pacers 39 36 .520 14.5 75
9 Chicago Bulls 38 37 .507 15.5 75
10 Washington Wizards 37 39 .487 17.0 76
11 Orlando Magic 32 44 .421 22.0 76
12 Milwaukee Bucks 32 44 .421 22.0 76
13 New York Knicks 31 46 .403 23.5 77
14 Brooklyn Nets 21 55 .276 33.0 76
15 Philadelphia 76ers 9 67 .118 45.0 76

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors  68 8 .895 76
2 San Antonio Spurs  63 12 .840 4.5 75
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 53 23 .697 15.0 76
4 Los Angeles Clippers 47 28 .627 20.5 75
5 Memphis Grizzlies 41 35 .539 27.0 76
6 Portland Trail Blazers 40 36 .526 28.0 76
7 Dallas Mavericks 38 38 .500 30.0 76
8 Utah Jazz 38 38 .500 30.0 76
9 Houston Rockets 37 39 .487 31.0 76
10 Denver Nuggets 32 45 .416 36.5 77
11 Sacramento Kings 30 46 .395 38.0 76
12 New Orleans Pelicans 28 47 .373 39.5 75
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 25 51 .329 43.0 76
14 Phoenix Suns 20 56 .263 48.0 76
15 Los Angeles Lakers 16 59 .213 51.5 75
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