NBA Scores & Standings

James Harden, Marcus Smart

A night of comebacks, with the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics on the right end of them, although what most people will talk about today is James Harden getting called for two offensive fouls in the end of the Rockets loss at Boston.

Detroit Pistons 89  Minnesota Timberwolves 102: After 9 consecutive losses, the Orlando Magic taste victory. Elfrid Payton scored 19 to go with 8 rebounds and 8 assists, Evan Fournier added 17 and Marreese Speights added 16 in 15 minutes off the bench. Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 21 points against his former team.

Houston Rockets 98  Boston Celtics 99: The Rockets drop a 26-point lead to lose in Boston, but the even bigger news were the two offensive, off-the-ball fouls called on James Harden that won the Celtics the game, as they were fouls that no one ever calls, on bigger and smaller names in the league.

Marcus Smart, who scored 13 points, gets the credit of selling Harden’s fouls on him. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 26 points, while Harden took the lead for the Rockets, still without Chris Paul, scoring 34 points.

Minnesota Timberwolves 96  Milwaukee Bucks 102: Minnesota’s big 3 scored 20 points or more, but that wasn’t enough on a night when Eric Bledsoe erupts for 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo helps out with 22 and 10 rebounds. The Bucks shot 54.7% from the field, including 7-for-7 by John Henson.

New York Knicks 107  San Antonio Spurs 119: The Knicks continue to slide with a 4th consecutive loss, now 2-12 on the road, as the French point guard derby went to Tony Parker, with 14 points, part of six Spurs players in double figures. LaMarcus Aldridge led them with 25 and Pau Gasol added 17. The Knicks continue to struggle with their outside shots, and were once again led by Marcus Beasley, adding 23 off the bench.

Philadelphia 76ers 110  Portland Trail Blazers 114: The Sixers lose for the 6th time in 7 games despite holding a double digit lead in the second half. Shabazz Napier of all people made everyone forget, at least for one night, that Damian Lillard is missing, and finished with 23 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. C.J. McCollum led the Blazers with 34, Jusuf Nurkic scored 21. Joel Embiid and Dario Saric scored the most for Philly, combining for 54 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Boston Celtics  29 10 .744 39
2 Toronto Raptors 23 10 .697 3.0 33
3 Cleveland Cavaliers  24 11 .686 3.0 35
4 Detroit Pistons 19 15 .559 7.5 34
5 Washington Wizards  19 16 .543 8.0 35
6 Indiana Pacers 19 16 .543 8.0 35
7 Milwaukee Bucks 18 15 .545 8.0 33
8 Miami Heat 18 16 .529 8.5 34
 
9 New York Knicks 17 18 .486 10.0 35
10 Philadelphia 76ers 15 19 .441 11.5 34
11 Chicago Bulls 12 22 .353 14.5 34
12 Brooklyn Nets 12 22 .353 14.5 34
13 Charlotte Hornets 12 22 .353 14.5 34
14 Orlando Magic 12 24 .333 15.5 36
15 Atlanta Hawks 9 25 .265 17.5 34

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors  28 7 .800 35
2 Houston Rockets  25 8 .758 2.0 33
3 San Antonio Spurs 25 11 .694 3.5 36
4 Minnesota Timberwolves  22 14 .611 6.5 36
5 Oklahoma City Thunder 20 15 .571 8.0 35
6 Denver Nuggets 19 16 .543 9.0 35
7 Portland Trail Blazers 18 16 .529 9.5 34
8 New Orleans Pelicans 18 16 .529 9.5 34
 
9 Los Angeles Clippers 14 19 .424 13.0 33
10 Utah Jazz 15 21 .417 13.5 36
11 Phoenix Suns 13 23 .361 15.5 36
12 Sacramento Kings 12 22 .353 15.5 34
13 Los Angeles Lakers 11 22 .333 16.0 33
14 Memphis Grizzlies 11 24 .314 17.0 35
15 Dallas Mavericks 11 25 .306 17.5 36
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