NBA Scores & Standings

Houston Rockets

On a rather short NBA night what stood out was the Houston Rockets making a nice comeback behind James Harden and Josh Smith to beat the Dallas Mavericks, the Toronto Raptors crushing the Los Angeles Clippers and another hot Western team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, getting stunned by the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics beating the Philadelphia 76ers? That’s not news.

Dallas Mavericks 104  Houston Rockets 115: The return of Josh Smith could turn this season around for the Rockets who keep fumbling around the .500. He scored 16 points off the bench to back up James Harden with the triple double (23 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists) as even Ty Lawson with 10 points off the bench had a good game, everyone making up for Dwight Howard being out. Trevor Ariza led the scoring with 29 points, Chandler Parsons led the Mavericks with 31.

Los Angeles Clippers 94  Toronto Raptors 112: The Raptors win their 8th in a row to maybe put some pressure on the Cavaliers who have their own set of problems on top of the East. The Clippers bench completely collapsed while Kyle Lowry and the subs took over the game, as Terrence Ross led the second unit with 18 points. Lowry finished with 21, Jonas Valanciunas had 20 in 25 minutes and DeMar DeRozan scored 18 too. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 23 points.

Boston Celtics 112  Philadelphia 76ers 92: An easy win for the Celtics, making it five out of their last seven. Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas each scored 20 points to lead the way, Avery Bradley added 19 and Marcus Smart scored 16 off the bench in a very good day for the backcourt. Robert Covington, mentioned in a lot of trade talk recently, led the 76ers with 25 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder 106  Brooklyn Nets 116: A weird loss for the Thunder after 7 consecutive wins, mostly because of an abysmal effort on defense, allowing Brook Lopez to score with ease (31 points) while four more players finished in double figures, including Bojan Bogdanovic scoring 18 points. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 59 points but the Thunder didn’t play smartly or with the kind of focus and energy needed in games when not everything is going your way.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 12 .714 42
2 Toronto Raptors 28 15 .651 2.5 43
3 Chicago Bulls 25 18 .581 5.5 43
4 Atlanta Hawks 26 19 .578 5.5 45
5 Indiana Pacers 23 21 .523 8.0 44
6 Detroit Pistons 23 21 .523 8.0 44
7 Boston Celtics 23 21 .523 8.0 44
8 Miami Heat 23 21 .523 8.0 44
9 Washington Wizards 20 21 .488 9.5 41
10 New York Knicks 22 24 .478 10.0 46
11 Charlotte Hornets 21 23 .477 10.0 44
12 Orlando Magic 20 22 .476 10.0 42
13 Milwaukee Bucks 19 27 .413 13.0 46
14 Brooklyn Nets 11 33 .250 20.0 44
15 Philadelphia 76ers 6 38 .136 25.0 44

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors 40 4 .909 44
2 San Antonio Spurs 38 6 .864 2.0 44
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 33 12 .733 7.5 45
4 Los Angeles Clippers 28 15 .651 11.5 43
5 Memphis Grizzlies 25 20 .556 15.5 45
6 Dallas Mavericks 25 20 .556 15.5 45
7 Houston Rockets 23 22 .511 17.5 45
8 Sacramento Kings 20 23 .465 19.5 43
9 Utah Jazz 19 24 .442 20.5 43
10 Portland Trail Blazers 20 26 .435 21.0 46
11 Denver Nuggets 17 27 .386 23.0 44
12 New Orleans Pelicans 16 27 .372 23.5 43
13 Phoenix Suns 14 31 .311 26.5 45
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 14 31 .311 26.5 45
15 Los Angeles Lakers 9 37 .196 32.0 46

Highlight of the Night: Josh Smith with the Spin Move on Dirk Nowitzki

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