NBA Scores & Standings

LeBron James

The most impressive teams on a short Thursday night of NBA basketball were the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by a generous LeBron James against the Los Angeles Clippers, and the San Antonio Spurs in an easy, as expected, win over the sad looking Phoenix Suns.

Los Angeles Clippers 102  Cleveland Cavaliers 115: Another strong performance from the Cavaliers, who improve to 16-2 at home and 2-for-2 since the Warriors humiliation. A strong second and third quarters made the game easy, led by 22 points from LeBron James who also finished with 12 assists, aided by J.R. Smith, also scoring 22 points. Chris Paul finished with 30 for the Clippers, who have almost forgot what it’s like to lose.

Detroit Pistons 99  New Orleans Pelicans 115: Missing Eric Gordon doesn’t bother the Pelicans, winning convincingly at home against a tired Pistons team. Anthony Davis has another big night, scoring 32 points with 7 rebounds, getting plenty of help from Tyreke Evans who scored 22. Andre Drummond put up another impressive stat line with 19 points and 22 rebounds, this time not having to break the wrong kind of records from the free throw line.

Memphis Grizzlies 102  Denver Nuggets 101: A big three points from Marc Gasol with 12.2 seconds in the game put the Grizzlies in front for good in a tough contest against the stubborn Blazers. Gasol led Memphis with 27, followed by Mike Conley with 20 points. Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari scored 17 points each for the Nuggets.

Atlanta Hawks 88  Sacramento Kings 91: The combination of DeMarcus Cousins (24 points) and Willie Cauley-Stein is working quite well in the Kings frontcourt, now only four games below .500, beating the Hawks with some excellent defense and enough support around their big man, including 14 points for Ben McLemore and 13 for Omri Casspi.

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San Antonio Spurs 117  Phoenix Suns 89: The Spurs take advantage of the Suns’ sad state which allowed them plenty of garbage time basketball. Kawhi Leonard led the way scoring 21 points, followed by Boban Marjanovic, scoring 17 to go with 13 rebounds in 22 minutes.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers * 30 11 .732 41
2 Toronto Raptors * 27 15 .643 3.5 42
3 Atlanta Hawks * 26 17 .605 5.0 43
4 Chicago Bulls 24 17 .585 6.0 41
5 Indiana Pacers 23 19 .548 7.5 42
6 Detroit Pistons 23 20 .535 8.0 43
7 Miami Heat 23 20 .535 8.0 43
8 Boston Celtics 22 21 .512 9.0 43
9 New York Knicks 22 22 .500 9.5 44
10 Washington Wizards 20 21 .488 10.0 41
11 Orlando Magic 20 21 .488 10.0 41
12 Charlotte Hornets 19 23 .452 11.5 42
13 Milwaukee Bucks 19 25 .432 12.5 44
14 Brooklyn Nets 11 32 .256 20.0 43
15 Philadelphia 76ers 6 38 .136 25.5 44

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors * 39 4 .907 43
2 San Antonio Spurs * 36 6 .857 2.5 42
3 Oklahoma City Thunder * 32 12 .727 7.5 44
4 Los Angeles Clippers 27 15 .643 11.5 42
5 Dallas Mavericks 25 19 .568 14.5 44
6 Memphis Grizzlies 24 19 .558 15.0 43
7 Houston Rockets 22 22 .500 17.5 44
8 Sacramento Kings 18 23 .439 20.0 41
9 Utah Jazz 18 24 .429 20.5 42
10 Portland Trail Blazers 19 26 .422 21.0 45
11 Denver Nuggets 16 26 .381 22.5 42
12 New Orleans Pelicans 15 27 .357 23.5 42
13 Phoenix Suns 13 30 .302 26.0 43
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 13 31 .295 26.5 44
15 Los Angeles Lakers 9 35 .205 30.5 44

Highlight of the Night: Rajon Rondo Guessing the Hawks Final Play and Yelling at Cousins to go Stand in the Corner

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