NBA Scores & Standings

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Five NBA games on a Thursday night and plenty of action: Gary Harris beating the buzzer and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Bradley Beal having a huge fourth quarter to carry the Wall-less Wizards past the Toronto Raptors and Blake Griffin made his debut in Detroit, leading them to victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies 102  Detroit Pistons 104: The Blake Griffin debut could have gone smoother, but it ended in a win in front a packed arena in Detroit, which doesn’t always happen. Griffin led five other players in double figures with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, looking rather in-tune with his new teammates. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 19 points and 14 boards.

Toronto Raptors 119  Washington Wizards 122: In the best game of the night and what could be a terrific playoff showdown, it was Bradley Beal who stole the show, scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter (29 overall), in a way warming up his handle for the three-point contest. Eight Wizards players overall scored in double figures to make up for the absence of John Wall, including a 16-10 double double by Otto Porter Jr. Kyle Lowry scored 29 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23.

Milwaukee Bucks 89  Minnesota Timberwolves 108: An easy stroll for the Timberwolves, allowing them plenty of garbage time in the second half. Jimmy Butler was hot (8-for-15 from the field, 10-for-11 from the line) with 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns helped out with 24, and that was enough to put away the struggling Bucks. Khris Middleton led the team with 21 points.

Houston Rockets 102  San Antonio Spurs 91: Not a good game for Chris Paul, and still the Rockets felt out of reach for the Spurs from the get go. James Harden put up 28 points and 11 assists, including five shots knocked down from beyond the arc. The Spurs aren’t in the best of places right now. They’ll get over it, but as long as Kawhi Leonard is out of the picture, it’s hard to see them making any sort of impact in the postseason.

Oklahoma City Thunder 124  Denver Nuggets 127: The Nuggets have lost a few games recently with shots that didn’t drop at the buzzer. This time, Gary Harris knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Thunder, with Jamal Murray having a big, 33-point performance, leading Nikola Jokic (29, 13 boards, 14 dimes) and Harris’ 25. Paul George finished with a day-high 43 points and Russell Westbrook had 20 points along with 21 assists, but the defense just wasn’t there – not all game long, and especially not at the end.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Boston Celtics  37 15 .712 52
2 Toronto Raptors 34 16 .680 2.0 50
3 Cleveland Cavaliers  30 20 .600 6.0 50
4 Miami Heat  29 22 .569 7.5 51
5 Washington Wizards 29 22 .569 7.5 51
6 Indiana Pacers 29 23 .558 8.0 52
7 Milwaukee Bucks 27 23 .540 9.0 50
8 Philadelphia 76ers 24 24 .500 11.0 48
 
9 Detroit Pistons 24 26 .480 12.0 50
10 New York Knicks 23 29 .442 14.0 52
11 Charlotte Hornets 21 29 .420 15.0 50
12 Brooklyn Nets 19 33 .365 18.0 52
13 Chicago Bulls 18 33 .353 18.5 51
14 Orlando Magic 15 35 .300 21.0 50
15 Atlanta Hawks 15 36 .294 21.5 51

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors  40 11 .784 51
2 Houston Rockets  37 13 .740 2.5 50
3 San Antonio Spurs 34 20 .630 7.5 54
4 Minnesota Timberwolves  33 22 .600 9.0 55
5 Oklahoma City Thunder 30 22 .577 10.5 52
6 Portland Trail Blazers 29 22 .569 11.0 51
7 New Orleans Pelicans 27 23 .540 12.5 50
8 Denver Nuggets 27 25 .519 13.5 52
 
9 Los Angeles Clippers 25 25 .500 14.5 50
10 Utah Jazz 22 28 .440 17.5 50
11 Los Angeles Lakers 19 31 .380 20.5 50
12 Memphis Grizzlies 18 33 .353 22.0 51
13 Phoenix Suns 18 34 .346 22.5 52
14 Sacramento Kings 16 34 .320 23.5 50
15 Dallas Mavericks 16 36 .308 24.5 52
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