NBA Games: February 28, Scores & Standings

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In an interesting Sunday afternoon and evening of NBA basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers look more of a mess than ever, even without LeBron James, while the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers carry on with their impressive post All-Star break ability.

Cleveland Cavaliers 99  Washington Wizards 113: The Wizards already led by 30 points in a second straight loss for the Cavs, playing without LeBron James, with the feeling that being a contender is the best they’ll ever be in the LeBron era. Otto Porter scored 21 points, John Wall finished with 21 points and 13 assists, with the Wizards trying to hang on to their fading playoff chances.

Charlotte Hornets 76  Atlanta Hawks 87: When your definition of basketball is letting Kemba Walker shoot the ball and hope for the best, you’re going to have games like this. The Hornets shot 33.3% from the field while the Hawks simply took care of their opportunities, having five players in double figures, led by Kent Bazemore scoring 14 points. Marvin Williams on 6-of-18 shooting led the Hornets with 16 points, Jeremy Lin added 15 off the bench.

Toronto Raptors 101  Detroit Pistons 114: The Raptors come down roughly from their clutch win over the Cavaliers. Terrence Ross scoring 27 points weren’t enough as the Pistons made the most of Kyle Lowry not playing. Reggie Jackson scored 19 points, leading six players in double figures, including Andre Drummond with 15 points and 18 rebounds. The Pistons won the third quarter by 17 points, sending the game into long garbage time.

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Portland Trail Blazers 111  Indiana Pacers 102: Damian Lillard is still scorching, scoring 33 points to put the Blazers closer to surprisingly making the playoffs. The Pacers are playing very bad basketball right now, and when Paul George scored just 11 points on 4-of-15 from the field, nothing good happens. Monta Ellis led them with 18 points.

Philadelphia 76ers 116  Orlando Magic 130: What can you say about Sixers games? At least the fans got to see plenty of points, as both Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo finished with 28 points and Aaron Gordon did more than just dunk, scoring 22. Jahlil Okafor led the Sixers with 26 points, still chasing win number nine.

Minnesota Timberwolves 101  Dallas Mavericks 128: The Mavs made quick work of the Timberwolves, scoring 39 points in the first quarter to finish the game early. Chandler Parsons scored 29 points as seven different Mavericks players scored in double figures, including 15 from Wesley Matthews who actually shot decently for once (5-of-10 from the field).

Miami Heat 98  New York Knicks 81: The Heat keep on doing a great job without Chris Bosh, led by Dwyane Wade scoring 26 points and Hassan Whiteside helping out off the bench with 16 and 11 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 41 16 .719 57
2 Toronto Raptors 39 18 .684 2.0 57
3 Boston Celtics 35 25 .583 7.5 60
4 Miami Heat 32 26 .552 9.5 58
5 Atlanta Hawks 32 27 .542 10.0 59
6 Indiana Pacers 31 27 .534 10.5 58
7 Charlotte Hornets 30 27 .526 11.0 57
8 Chicago Bulls 30 28 .517 11.5 58
9 Detroit Pistons 30 29 .508 12.0 59
10 Washington Wizards 27 30 .474 14.0 57
11 Orlando Magic 25 32 .439 16.0 57
12 New York Knicks 25 35 .417 17.5 60
13 Milwaukee Bucks 24 35 .407 18.0 59
14 Brooklyn Nets 17 42 .288 25.0 59
15 Philadelphia 76ers 8 50 .138 33.5 58

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1  Golden State Warriors  53 5 .914 58
2 San Antonio Spurs 50 9 .847 3.5 59
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 41 18 .695 12.5 59
4 Los Angeles Clippers 38 20 .655 15.0 58
5 Memphis Grizzlies 34 24 .586 19.0 58
6 Dallas Mavericks 31 28 .525 22.5 59
7 Portland Trail Blazers 31 28 .525 22.5 59
8 Houston Rockets 29 30 .492 24.5 59
9 Utah Jazz 28 29 .491 24.5 57
10 Sacramento Kings 24 33 .421 28.5 57
11 New Orleans Pelicans 23 35 .397 30.0 58
12 Denver Nuggets 23 36 .390 30.5 59
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 19 40 .322 34.5 59
14 Phoenix Suns 15 44 .254 38.5 59
15 Los Angeles Lakers 11 49 .183 43.0 60
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