NBA Games Scores & Standings

J.J. Barea

A busy day of NBA basketball is highlighted by the Golden State Warriors losing for the second time this season, playing without Stephen Curry; the Chicago Bulls beating the Indiana Pacers in overtime with a Jimmy Butler game winning alley oop; and Kobe Bryant playing his final game in Boston, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a rare away win.

Los Angeles Clippers 122  Charlotte Hornets 117: The Clippers finished the game on a 14-4 run to breakaway from the Hornets despite playing without Blake Griffin. Chris Paul finished with 19 points and 11 assists, DeAndre Jordan had another double double while J.J. Redick scored 26 points. Kemba Walker scored 29 points to lead a Hornets team playing without Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson.

Brooklyn Nets 93  Orlando Magic 100: The Magic have won seven of nine and used a big fourth quarter to erase a double digit deficit in the second half, riding Nikola Vucevic with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Evan Fournier helped out scoring 17. Brook Lopez led the Nets scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

Los Angeles Lakers 112  Boston Celtics 104: Something of an embarrassing loss for the Celtics, allowing the Lakers their sixth win of the season, as Kobe Bryant said goodbye to the TD Garden. He scored 15 points on an awful shooting game, with Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams, combining to score 43 points, actually carried the Lakers to a fourth road win this season.

Washington Wizards 91  Toronto Raptors 94: The Wizards remain under .500 and lose another regular season game to the Raptors (fifth in a row), unable to slow down DeMar DeRozan with 34 points, including 15-of-15 from the line. Otto Porter led the Wizards with 20 points.

Jimmy Butler

Indiana Pacers 100  Chicago Bulls 102: A big win for the Bulls, playing without Derrick Rose, coming with an Alley Oop in overtime by Jimmy Butler to win the game. He scored 28 points, Aaron Brooks added 29 from the bench while George Hill, with 20 points, led the Pacers.

Utah Jazz 80  Minnesota Timberwolves 94: The Jazz, missing too many key players, weren’t much of a rival to the Timberwolves, getting a big night from Karl-Anthony Towns, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, getting help from Andrew Wiggins, finishing with 17, although missing most of his shots. Trey Burke led the Jazz with 23 points.

Golden State Warriors 91  Dallas Mavericks 114: No Stephen Curry, Festus Ezeli and Leandro Barbosa meant an easy night for the Mavs and only the second loss this season for the Warriors. J.J. Barea scored 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson combined to shot 8-of-30 from the field, and Ian Clark led the Dubs with 21 points.

Phoenix Suns 79  San Antonio Spurs 112: The Suns continue to be a laughing stock, maybe the biggest in the league right now, demolished by LaMarcus Aldridge with a 21-12 double double and 19 points by Kawhi Leonard. The Suns shot just 39.5% from the field while allowing the Spurs to make 56.6% of their attempts.

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Denver Nuggets 103  Portland Trail Blazers 110: Not having Damian Lillard didn’t hurt the Blazers, getting 29 points from C.J. McCollum who is having quite the breakout season. Allen Crabbe helped out with 20 points, while Will Barton scored 36 for the Nuggets, playing without Emmanuel Mudiay, J.J. Hickson and Jusuf Nurkic.

Philadelphia 76ers 110  Sacramento Kings 105: The Kings enter a short list of teams that should be ashamed of themselves for losing to the 76ers. Nerlens Noel scored 20 points, Ish Smith had 18 with 9 assists, Jerami Grant scored 16 points and Isaiah Canaan added 15. For the Kings, Marco Belinelli led the way with 28 points, while DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 before being thrown out of the game, this time with 6 fouls.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 21 9 .700 30
2 Atlanta Hawks 21 13 .618 2.0 34
3 Toronto Raptors 20 13 .606 2.5 33
4 Chicago Bulls 18 12 .600 3.0 30
5 Orlando Magic 19 13 .594 3.0 32
6 Indiana Pacers 18 13 .581 3.5 31
7 Miami Heat 18 13 .581 3.5 31
8 Boston Celtics 18 14 .563 4.0 32
9 Charlotte Hornets 17 14 .548 4.5 31
10 Detroit Pistons 17 15 .531 5.0 32
11 New York Knicks 16 18 .471 7.0 34
12 Washington Wizards 14 16 .467 7.0 30
13 Milwaukee Bucks 12 21 .364 10.5 33
14 Brooklyn Nets 9 23 .281 13.0 32
15 Philadelphia 76ers 3 31 .088 20.0 34

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors 29 2 .935 31
2 San Antonio Spurs 28 6 .824 2.5 34
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 22 10 .688 7.5 32
4 Los Angeles Clippers 20 13 .606 10.0 33
5 Dallas Mavericks 19 13 .594 10.5 32
6 Memphis Grizzlies 18 16 .529 12.5 34
7 Houston Rockets 16 17 .485 14.0 33
8 Utah Jazz 13 17 .433 15.5 30
9 Portland Trail Blazers 14 20 .412 16.5 34
10 Minnesota Timberwolves 12 20 .375 17.5 32
11 Sacramento Kings 12 20 .375 17.5 32
12 Denver Nuggets 12 21 .364 18.0 33
13 Phoenix Suns 12 22 .353 18.5 34
14 New Orleans Pelicans 10 21 .323 19.0 31
15 Los Angeles Lakers 6 27 .182 24.0 33

Highlight of the Night: Jimmy Butler with the game-winning Alley Oop

Images source: Barea Butler Aminu
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