NBA March 8 Games Scores & Standings

NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers

A lackluster night of NBA basketball didn’t see some major occurrences except how fun the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be having when Kobe Bryant isn’t playing, while the San Antonio Spurs had an easy time against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors keep on pressing the Cleveland Cavaliers for their lead of the East.

Brooklyn Nets 99  Toronto Raptors 104: The Raptors keep on putting pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a weird game against the inferior Nets. Brooklyn had the lead until the fourth quarter before Toronto turned things upside down, and then almost lost a 14-point lead. Brook Lopez carried the Nets as usual on his shoulders, scoring 35 points. The Raptors had their usual backcourt dominance, with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combining to score 48 points.

San Antonio Spurs 116  Minnesota Timberwolves 91: The Timberwolves managed to make a game of it until the end of the second quarter, and then there was just one team on the court. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 29 points, as David West (scoring 18) and Andre Miller (adding 13) started and made the lineup a very old yet effective one. Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 23 points.

New York Knicks 94  Denver Nuggets 110: Carmelo Anthony had another unpleasant return to the team he played for until a few years ago. He scored 30 points, but the Knicks played bad defense and got crushed on the glass. The Nuggets big men partied, led by Kenneth Faried with 24 points and 10 rebounds, helped out by Nikola Jokic, scoring 20 points to go with 9 rebounds. Gary Harris added 16.

Atlanta Hawks 91  Utah Jazz 84: The Hawks winning in Salt Lake City means the Jazz are drifting away from a playoff spot they eagerly want. The Hawks grabbed the lead late in the first half and never let go, constantly keeping a safe distance. Jeff Teague had one of his best games recently with 24 points and 6 assists and Paul Millsap added 18 against his former team. The Jazz shot just 34.9% from the field, and were led by Gordon Hayward, scoring 22 points.

Washington Wizards 109  Portland Trail Blazers 116: Another Damian Lillard show carried the Blazers, stopping their losing streak. He scored 41 points in the overtime win, hitting six three pointers, not leaving anyone else with too much to do. C.J. McCollum helped out with 18 points. Ramon Sessions scored 21 points off the bench for the Wizards; John Wall scored 20 points.

Orlando Magic 98  Los Angeles Lakers 107: The Lakers simply have fun when Kobe Bryant isn’t playing, winning back-to-back games for the second time in 2016. This was a game that showed what the future might hold for this group, as D’Angelo Russell with 27, Jordan Clarkson with 24 and Julius Randle scoring 23 made the most of the opportunity. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 26 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 44 18 .710 62
2 Toronto Raptors 42 20 .677 2.0 62
3 Boston Celtics 38 26 .594 7.0 64
4 Miami Heat 37 26 .587 7.5 63
5 Atlanta Hawks 36 28 .563 9.0 64
6 Charlotte Hornets 34 28 .548 10.0 62
7 Indiana Pacers 34 30 .531 11.0 64
8 Chicago Bulls 32 30 .516 12.0 62
9 Detroit Pistons 32 31 .508 12.5 63
10 Washington Wizards 30 33 .476 14.5 63
11 Orlando Magic 27 36 .429 17.5 63
12 Milwaukee Bucks 26 38 .406 19.0 64
13 New York Knicks 26 39 .400 19.5 65
14 Brooklyn Nets 18 46 .281 27.0 64
15 o – Philadelphia 76ers 8 55 .127 36.5 63

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 x – Golden State Warriors 56 6 .903 62
2 x – San Antonio Spurs 54 10 .844 3.0 64
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 43 20 .683 13.5 63
4 Los Angeles Clippers 41 21 .661 15.0 62
5 Memphis Grizzlies 38 25 .603 18.5 63
6 Portland Trail Blazers 34 31 .523 23.5 65
7 Dallas Mavericks 33 31 .516 24.0 64
8 Houston Rockets 31 32 .492 25.5 63
9 Utah Jazz 29 34 .460 27.5 63
10 Denver Nuggets 26 38 .406 31.0 64
11 Sacramento Kings 25 37 .403 31.0 62
12 New Orleans Pelicans 24 38 .387 32.0 62
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 20 45 .308 37.5 65
14 Phoenix Suns 17 46 .270 39.5 63
15 Los Angeles Lakers 14 51 .215 43.5 65
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