NBA Scores & Standings

A short list of games on this particular NBA night, with either close dramas or blowouts. The Cleveland Cavaliers leaned on Channing Frye and LeBron James to put away the pesky Toronto Raptors, the Chicago Bulls looked great without Rajon Rondo in a big win on the road against the Trail Blazers, while the Los Angeles Lakers got the best of D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle in a high scoring affair against the Brooklyn Nets.

Toronto Raptors 117  Cleveland Cavaliers 121: LeBron James is a talented man. He has time to feud with Phil Jackson and dominate the Raptors for the second time in a month, scoring 28 points to go with 9 rebounds and 14 assists, helping the Cavs to their best ever 10-game start. Channing Frye, with 21 points, hit the key 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers the lead late in the game, and James closed things himself. Kyrie Irving had 24 points, Kevin Love finished with 19. Kyle Lowry for a change was the scoring leader for Toronto, finishing with 28 points.

Atlanta Hawks 93  Miami Heat 90: The injured Heat had a second consecutive close call they couldn’t finish, losing at home to the Hawks, who were led by 18 points from Dennis Schroder and 15 from both Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. Hassan Whiteside put up another huge stat line with 19 points and 25 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.

LeBron James, Norman Powell

Charlotte Hornets 115  Minnesota Timberwolves 108: The Hornets pulled away from the Timberwolves in the end, getting a big night from Frank Kaminsky of all people, scoring 20 points, showing just how much he’s improved in the offseason. Kemba Walker scored 30 points while Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 29.

Chicago Bulls 113  Portland Trail Blazers 88: No one will admit it out loud, but playing without Rajon Rondo frees up traffic in the Bulls offense, who might be better off with a less ball dominant point guard. Jerian Grant scored 18 points and had 5 steals, while Jimmy Butler finished with 27 in the most impressive win by the Bulls this season. When Lillard and McCollum shoot just 14-of-39 from the field and don’t get to the line, the Blazers don’t really stand a chance.

Brooklyn Nets 118  Los Angeles Lakers 125: A fun game between a team that’s missing its best player and another that’s finally on a path to some success. D’Angelo Russell was on fire with 7 threes and 32 points, while Julius Randle finished with a 17-14-10 triple double. Brook Lopez scored 30 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 29 in the Nets failed effort, as they continue to sorely miss Jeremy Lin on both ends of the floor.

Eastern Conference Standings

1Cleveland Cavaliers 91.90010
2Atlanta Hawks 82.8001.010
3Toronto Raptors 73.7002.010
4Charlotte Hornets73.7002.010
5Chicago Bulls74.6362.511
6Milwaukee Bucks54.5563.59
7Detroit Pistons65.5453.511
8Boston Celtics55.5004.010
9Indiana Pacers56.4554.511
10New York Knicks46.4005.010
11Brooklyn Nets47.3645.511
12Orlando Magic47.3645.511
13Washington Wizards27.2226.59
14Miami Heat28.2007.010
15Philadelphia 76ers19.1008.010

Western Conference Standings

1Los Angeles Clippers 101.90911
2Golden State Warriors82.8001.510
3San Antonio Spurs 83.7272.011
4Houston Rockets64.6003.510
5Portland Trail Blazers 75.5833.512
6Utah Jazz75.5833.512
7Los Angeles Lakers75.5833.512
8Oklahoma City Thunder65.5454.011
9Memphis Grizzlies55.5004.510
10Sacramento Kings47.3646.011
11Denver Nuggets37.3006.510
12Minnesota Timberwolves37.3006.510
13Phoenix Suns38.2737.011
14Dallas Mavericks27.2227.09
15New Orleans Pelicans29.1828.011
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