NBA Scores & Standings

LeBron James

A relatively uneventful Monday of NBA action had the Cleveland Cavaliers going back to their winning ways behind a LeBron James return. the Milwaukee Bucks scorching the Defense-less Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder venting their frustrations against the Sacramento Kings.

Indiana Pacers 96  Cleveland Cavaliers 100: The problems surrounding the Cavs quell down for a day or two as LeBron James returns, scores 33 points and helps the Cavs, in a close and filled with lead-changes game, stop the losing. Matthew Dellavedova tied things up with a big three 1:13 from the finish. Then a James assist to Tristan Thompson and a block by the Cavs big man on George Hill pretty much finished the job against the sliding Pacers.

Philadelphia 76ers 108  Washington Wizards 116: It’s always an opportunity to fill up on some stats when playing the Sixers. John Wall seized the day and finished with 37 points. Marcin Gortat added 18 points and 20 rebounds, while the Sixers were led by Ish Smith (25 points), playing with the injured Jahlil Okafor.

Utah Jazz 95  Boston Celtics 100: Jae Crowder had 22 points in a big Celtics win to keep their home streak going (11 in a row), while both Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas added 18. The play of the game came with Bradley guarding Gordon Hayward in the clutch and the Celtics up by just one. Bradley showed his defensive instincts with a massive block that won the game.

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Houston Rockets 121  Milwaukee Bucks 128: The Rockets continue to show how bad the situation really is there despite 30 points from Dwight Howard and 26 from James Harden, as defense simply didn’t show up. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a triple double, while Jabari Parker (36 points) and Khris Middleton (30 points) were pretty much unstoppable.

Memphis Grizzlies 103  Denver Nuggets 96: The Grizzlies are staying afloat and on the way to the playoffs despite Marc Gasol not playing, as Zach Randolph leads the way with 22 points and Matt Barnes of all players adding 16. The Nuggets now don’t have Danilo Gallinari for a while, making things easier for their opponents.

Oklahoma City Thunder 131  Sacramento Kings 116: The Thunder played angry against the Kings, resulting in 27 points from Kevin Durant and a 20-13-15 triple double from Russell Westbrook, peppered with 7 turnovers he couldn’t avoid adding. DeMarcus Cousins scored 35 for the Kings, drifting further away from the playoffs.

Brooklyn Nets 95  Los Angeles Clippers 105: The Condor made his hideous appearance as the new Clippers mascot, but it didn’t stop them from beating the Nets behind 23 points and 12 assists by Chris Paul, who got 19 points to help him out from J.J. Redick and 26 in 25 minutes off the bench by Jamal Crawford.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 42 17 .712 59
2 Toronto Raptors 39 19 .672 2.5 58
3 Boston Celtics 36 25 .590 7.0 61
4 Miami Heat 33 26 .559 9.0 59
5 Atlanta Hawks 33 27 .550 9.5 60
6 Charlotte Hornets 30 28 .517 11.5 58
7 Chicago Bulls 30 28 .517 11.5 58
8 Indiana Pacers 31 29 .517 11.5 60
9 Detroit Pistons 31 29 .517 11.5 60
10 Washington Wizards 29 30 .492 13.0 59
11 Orlando Magic 26 32 .448 15.5 58
12 Milwaukee Bucks 25 35 .417 17.5 60
13 New York Knicks 25 36 .410 18.0 61
14 Brooklyn Nets 17 43 .283 25.5 60
15 Philadelphia 76ers 8 52 .133 34.5 60

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 x – Golden State Warriors 53 5 .914 58
2 San Antonio Spurs 50 9 .847 3.5 59
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 42 18 .700 12.0 60
4 Los Angeles Clippers 39 20 .661 14.5 59
5 Memphis Grizzlies 35 24 .593 18.5 59
6 Dallas Mavericks 32 28 .533 22.0 60
7 Portland Trail Blazers 32 28 .533 22.0 60
8 Houston Rockets 29 31 .483 25.0 60
9 Utah Jazz 28 31 .475 25.5 59
10 Sacramento Kings 24 34 .414 29.0 58
11 New Orleans Pelicans 23 35 .397 30.0 58
12 Denver Nuggets 23 37 .383 31.0 60
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 19 41 .317 35.0 60
14 Phoenix Suns 15 44 .254 38.5 59
15 Los Angeles Lakers 11 49 .183 43.0 60
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