NBA Scores & Standings

Kevin Durant

Nothing surprising in a busy night of NBA action on Friday: The Golden State Warriors cruised without Stephen Curry in Milwaukee, the Houston Rockets leisured in Phoenix without Chris Paul and the fully stacked Cleveland Cavaliers dropped another winnable game, this time blowing a 22-point lead in Indianapolis.

Utah Jazz 88  Charlotte Hornets 99: Despite another ROY-worthy performance from Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz fell to 8 games under .500 and only 4-18 on the road. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 22 points, helped by Frank Kaminsky with 16 off the bench.

Cleveland Cavaliers 95  Indiana Pacers 97: A third straight loss for the Cavs, who let a 22-point lead slip away from them. Darren Collison scored 22 points and got plenty of help from Victor Oladipo (19) and Lance Stephenson (16). LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 27 points, and missed a potential clutch layup right at the end.

Orlando Magic 119  Washington Wizards 125: The Magic continue to tumble down the standings, now 5-19 when on the road. Bradley Beal and John Wall each scored 30 points while Ian Mahinmi helped out with 17 from the bench. Elfrid Payton led Orlando with 27 points.

Brooklyn Nets 110  Atlanta Hawks 105: Dennis Schroder scored 34 points, but it wasn’t enough for the hopeless Hawks. The Nets finished with 6 players in double figures, with Spencer Dinwiddie leading the team, scoring 20 along with 10 assists. 

Golden State Warriors 108  Milwaukee Bucks 94: The most eventful thing in another Warriors win was Klay Thompson getting cursed by a fan, who then got thrown out. As for basketball, Kevin Durant led the way with 26 points, as the Warriors handled another game without Stephen Curry.

New York Knicks 108  Minnesota Timberwolves 118: The Timberwolves are rockin’ at the moment, even without a classic Thibodeau defense. Nine players took the floor for Minnesota, 8 of them finished with 10 points or more. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 23 points, missing the triple double with one assist. The Knicks were led by Jarrett Jack with 18.

Portland Trail Blazers 113  New Orleans Pelicans 119: The Pelicans stay above .500 with a huge night from Anthony Davis, scoring 36 along with 25 by Jrue Holiday and 24 from DeMarcus Cousins. In short, the Pelicans need every star they have to produce big in order to win games and stay in the playoff hunt. 

Memphis Grizzlies 78  Denver Nuggets 87: In the ugly game of the evening, the Nuggets had Will Barton pull them to a win with 17 points, as both teams shot under 40% from the field. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 22 points.

Houston Rockets 112  Phoenix Suns 95: Not having James Harden wasn’t a problem, with Chris Paul used to doing this on his own. He scored 25 points while Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza pitched in with 18 a piece. Devin Booker led the Suns with 27 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Boston Celtics  34 10 .773 44
2 Toronto Raptors 29 11 .725 3.0 40
3 Cleveland Cavaliers  26 16 .619 7.0 42
4 Miami Heat  24 17 .585 8.5 41
5 Washington Wizards 24 18 .571 9.0 42
6 Detroit Pistons 22 18 .550 10.0 40
7 Milwaukee Bucks 22 19 .537 10.5 41
8 Indiana Pacers 22 20 .524 11.0 42
 
9 Philadelphia 76ers 19 20 .487 12.5 39
10 New York Knicks 19 23 .452 14.0 42
11 Charlotte Hornets 16 24 .400 16.0 40
12 Brooklyn Nets 16 26 .381 17.0 42
13 Chicago Bulls 15 27 .357 18.0 42
14 Orlando Magic 12 31 .279 21.5 43
15 Atlanta Hawks 11 31 .262 22.0 42

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors  34 9 .791 43
2 Houston Rockets  30 11 .732 3.0 41
3 San Antonio Spurs 28 15 .651 6.0 43
4 Minnesota Timberwolves  28 16 .636 6.5 44
5 Portland Trail Blazers 22 20 .524 11.5 42
6 Denver Nuggets 22 20 .524 11.5 42
7 Oklahoma City Thunder 22 20 .524 11.5 42
8 New Orleans Pelicans 21 20 .512 12.0 41
 
9 Los Angeles Clippers 20 21 .488 13.0 41
10 Utah Jazz 17 25 .405 16.5 42
11 Phoenix Suns 16 27 .372 18.0 43
12 Dallas Mavericks 15 28 .349 19.0 43
13 Los Angeles Lakers 14 27 .341 19.0 41
14 Memphis Grizzlies 13 28 .317 20.0 41
15 Sacramento Kings 13 28 .317 20.0 41
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