NBA Scores & Standings

Kevin Durant vs Celtics

So just another regular night of NBA basketball. What happened? The Golden State Warriors cruised at home, the Oklahoma City Thunder did the same in Boston, the Cleveland Cavaliers won without LeBron James and the Charlotte Hornets went back to their winning ways, at least when playing on their home court.

Oklahoma City Thunder 130  Boston Celtics 109: In a statement win for the Thunder and something of a reality check for the Celtics, Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook helped out with 24, in a game that was as much about the Celtics crowd courting Durant than anything else.

Orlando Magic 99  Charlotte Hornets 107: The Hornets complete their 7-game homestand with sixth win, led by 26 points from Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams, shooting quite poorly the entire game but thanks to 15 offensive rebounds had enough opportunities to skim over those misses.

Dallas Mavericks 98  Cleveland Cavaliers 99: Since the 2011 NBA finals, LeBron James has had his way with the Mavs. This time, he wasn’t even playing, but 33 points from Kyrie Irving, including a big steal in the closing seconds, kept Cleveland with an impressive 28-6 record at home. Kevin Love scored 23 points in a very important win for the Cavaliers.

Chicago Bulls 96  Washington Wizards 117: Ups & downs for the Bulls, and it isn’t stopping. The downs continue to be very low, as Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler shot just 11-of-31 from the field, while Doug McDermott scoring 20 points didn’t help. John Wall had a 29-10-12 triple double while Bradley Beal helped out with 20 points, as the Wizards get closer to the Bulls and Pistons.

Atlanta Hawks 118  Detroit Pistons 114: The Hawks win their sixth game out of seven to keep the Pistons out of the top 8 in the East, with Jeff Teague scoring 22 points, including the key free throws with 18 seconds left on the clock. Al Horford, the other player the Hawks tried moving at the deadline, added 20 points. The struggling Pistons were led by 24 points from Reggie Jackson.

Minnesota Timberwolves 114  Memphis Grizzlies 108: The Grizzlies can’t keep shuffling with these injuries, losing to one of the worst in the league. Zach LaVine led six players in double figures with 28 points in one of those feel good moments Minnesota have been missing this season. Lance Stephenson led Memphis with 24 points.

Los Angeles Clippers 122  Houston Rockets 106: The Clippers were beaten badly by the Spurs, but not all teams in Texas are that unfriendly. Chris Paul scored 25 points and DeAndre Jordan dominated the paint with 23 points as the no-defense the Rockets proudly present was at its finest on the night. James Harden scored 33 points but also turned the ball over 8 times and added more to his no-defense highlight reel.

New Orleans Pelicans 123  Sacramento Kings 108: The Pelicans stop the losing with a win against another disappointing, no-playoffs team. Ryan Anderson led the Pelicans for a change with 29 points while Anthony Davis helped out with 27. Darren Collison had 23 points to make it two consecutive 20-plus games, but it didn’t help the disjointed Kings.

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New York Knicks 85  Golden State Warriors 121: The most boring team in the league (in an exciting way) had their way with the visiting Knicks. Stephen Curry scored 34 points while hitting 8-for-13 from downtown, and the Warriors finished with 18 three-pointers. Carmelo Anthony (18 points) was the only Knicks lineup player in double figures, as they shot just 39.6% from the field.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 48 19 .716 67
2 Toronto Raptors 45 21 .682 2.5 66
3 Miami Heat 39 28 .582 9.0 67
4 Atlanta Hawks 39 29 .574 9.5 68
5 Boston Celtics 39 29 .574 9.5 68
6 Charlotte Hornets 38 29 .567 10.0 67
7 Indiana Pacers 36 31 .537 12.0 67
8 Detroit Pistons 34 34 .500 14.5 68
9 Chicago Bulls 33 33 .500 14.5 66
10 Washington Wizards 32 35 .478 16.0 67
11 Orlando Magic 29 38 .433 19.0 67
12 Milwaukee Bucks 29 40 .420 20.0 69
13 New York Knicks 28 41 .406 21.0 69
14 Brooklyn Nets 19 48 .284 29.0 67
15 Philadelphia 76ers 9 58 .134 39.0 67

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors  61 6 .910 67
2 San Antonio Spurs  57 10 .851 4.0 67
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 46 22 .676 15.5 68
4 Los Angeles Clippers 43 24 .642 18.0 67
5 Memphis Grizzlies 39 29 .574 22.5 68
6 Portland Trail Blazers 35 33 .515 26.5 68
7 Houston Rockets 34 34 .500 27.5 68
8 Dallas Mavericks 34 34 .500 27.5 68
9 Utah Jazz 32 35 .478 29.0 67
10 Denver Nuggets 28 40 .412 33.5 68
11 Sacramento Kings 26 41 .388 35.0 67
12 New Orleans Pelicans 25 42 .373 36.0 67
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 22 46 .324 39.5 68
14 Phoenix Suns 18 49 .269 43.0 67
15 Los Angeles Lakers 14 54 .206 47.5 68
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