NBA Scores & Standings

Sam Mitchell, Karl-Anthony Towns

The one conclusion from a busy friday night of NBA basketball? The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, maintaining their undefeated status at home with two more mostly comfortable wins, remain a cut above the rest of the league.

Minnesota Timberwolves 132  Washington Wizards 129: A nice, happy win for the Timberwolves in double overtime that included a huge three-pointer by Karl-Anthony Towns, while the Wizards suffer a big playoff setback while the Pistons are getting away from them. Towns finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Zach LaVine added 25 points. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 26 points.

Charlotte Hornets 105  Detroit Pistons 112: The Hornets losing ground in the battle for home court advantage in the playoffs, while the Pistons could be closer to making the postseason for the first time since 2009. The Pistons led all game long, getting 21 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and 20 from Marcus Morris. Kemba Walker scored 29 points for the Hornets.

Orlando Magic 97  Miami Heat 108: The Floridian derby went the Heat’s way from the middle of the third quarter, getting a nice shooting night from Goran Dragic (22 points) to make up for the poor finishing from Dwyane Wade, while Hassan Whiteside carries on with his fantastic form, scoring 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Milwaukee Bucks 90  Atlanta Hawks 101: A poor shooting night from the Bucks didn’t do much to disturb Atlanta, getting 18 from Jeff Teague and 14-13 double double by Paul Millsap, keeping Atlanta a step ahead of Miami and Boston.

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Toronto Raptors 109  Houston Rockets 112: A win that serves the Cleveland Cavaliers the most, while Houston move up to 7th in the West. James Harden scored 32 points and Michael Beasley helped out with 21 points off the bench. Dwight Howard had just 2 and fouled out of the game. Harden also had 11 rebounds and 13 assists to complete the triple double.

Memphis Grizzlies 104  San Antonio Spurs 110: A huge night for LaMarcus Aldridge with 32 points helped the Spurs overcome a long list of absentees including Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, improving to 37-0 at home this season.

Phoenix Suns 94  Sacramento Kings 116: Not something that matters except for some feel good, stat stuffing moments. DeMarcus Cousins was back, finishing with 29 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 126 off the bench. Another former Kentucky player, Devin Booker, led the Suns with 26 points.

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Dallas Mavericks 120  Golden State Warriors 128: A strong first half from Golden State made them too lenient in the finish, as the Mavericks brought the lead down to just three points with 3:18 remaining, serving as a wake up call to the NBA champions. Klay Thompson scored 40 points, Stephen Curry had 33 and Draymond Green finished with 19 in what is no longer even remotely out of the ordinary for this basketball juggernaut.

Denver Nuggets 116  Los Angeles Lakers 105: The bench firepower from the Nuggets carried them past the Lakers, who had 28 from Kobe Bryant. D.J. Augustin with 20, Jusuf Nurkic with 18 points and Will Barton scoring 16 got Denver to 31 wins, while the Lakers are only three away from a 60-loss season.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers  51 21 .708 72
2 Toronto Raptors  48 23 .676 2.5 71
3 Atlanta Hawks 43 30 .589 8.5 73
4 Boston Celtics 42 30 .583 9.0 72
5 Miami Heat 42 30 .583 9.0 72
6 Charlotte Hornets 41 31 .569 10.0 72
7 Indiana Pacers 38 33 .535 12.5 71
8 Detroit Pistons 39 34 .534 12.5 73
9 Chicago Bulls 36 35 .507 14.5 71
10 Washington Wizards 35 37 .486 16.0 72
11 Milwaukee Bucks 30 43 .411 21.5 73
12 New York Knicks 30 43 .411 21.5 73
13 Orlando Magic 29 43 .403 22.0 72
14 Brooklyn Nets 20 51 .282 30.5 71
15 Philadelphia 76ers 9 63 .125 42.0 72

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors 65 7 .903 72
2 San Antonio Spurs  61 11 .847 4.0 72
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 50 22 .694 15.0 72
4 Los Angeles Clippers 44 27 .620 20.5 71
5 Memphis Grizzlies 41 32 .562 24.5 73
6 Portland Trail Blazers 37 36 .507 28.5 73
7 Houston Rockets 36 37 .493 29.5 73
8 Dallas Mavericks 35 37 .486 30.0 72
9 Utah Jazz 35 37 .486 30.0 72
10 Denver Nuggets 31 42 .425 34.5 73
11 Sacramento Kings 28 44 .389 37.0 72
12 New Orleans Pelicans 26 45 .366 38.5 71
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 24 48 .333 41.0 72
14 Phoenix Suns 20 52 .278 45.0 72
15 Los Angeles Lakers 15 57 .208 50.0 72
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