NBA Scores & Standings

Eric Gordon

In a not-so-busy night of NBA action, the Cleveland Cavaliers sorta got their mojo back with a narrow win over the Orlando Magic, while the Philadelphia 76ers, led by Joel Embiid, impressed with a tough road win over the Eastern conference’s best, the Boston Celtics.

Philadelphia 76ers 89  Boston Celtics 80: On queue to celebrate his status as an All-Star, Joel Embiid put in a big performance in the Eastern Conference leaders home, finishing with 26 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists, getting help from Dario Saric (16 points) and T.J. McConnell (15 off the bench). The Celtics played without Kyrie Irving, and shot just 24.1% from beyond the arc.

Orlando Magic 103  Cleveland Cavaliers 104: The losing streak is over, but it’s not certain that the Cavs are in a good mood yet. They dropped a 23 point lead and almost lost to one of the worst teams in the NBA. Isaiah Thomas had his best game since coming back from his long injury, scoring 21 points, including the crucial ones that won the game. LeBron James finished with 16 points, and is now only 25 away from reaching 30,000 career points. Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 19 points.

Minnesota Timberwolves 98  Houston Rockets 116: As the storm of the loss to the Clippers blew away, James Harden got back from injury and helped Houston to an easy win. Harden wasn’t very good – only 10 points on 3-for-15 from the field, but he had enough cover from Clint Capela (20 points) and Chris Paul (19 points, 9 assists), as well as Eric Gordon with a huge 30 off the bench. Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with 23 points.

Indiana Pacers 86  Portland Trail Blazer 100: 46 combined points from Collison and Oladipo weren’t enough to keep the Pacers running with the hot Blazers. Portland ran away with the game in the final quarter (26-12), despite awful shooting from pretty much everyone, hitting only 39.1% of their shots. Damian Lillard led them with 26 points; Jusuf Nurkic added 19.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Boston Celtics  34 12 .739 46
2 Toronto Raptors 30 13 .698 2.5 43
3 Cleveland Cavaliers  27 17 .614 6.0 44
4 Miami Heat  26 18 .591 7.0 44
5 Washington Wizards 25 20 .556 8.5 45
6 Indiana Pacers 24 21 .533 9.5 45
7 Milwaukee Bucks 23 21 .523 10.0 44
8 Detroit Pistons 22 21 .512 10.5 43
 
9 Philadelphia 76ers 21 20 .512 10.5 41
10 New York Knicks 20 25 .444 13.5 45
11 Charlotte Hornets 18 25 .419 14.5 43
12 Chicago Bulls 17 28 .378 16.5 45
13 Brooklyn Nets 16 29 .356 17.5 45
14 Atlanta Hawks 13 31 .295 20.0 44
15 Orlando Magic 13 32 .289 20.5 45

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors  37 9 .804 46
2 Houston Rockets  31 12 .721 4.5 43
3 San Antonio Spurs 30 16 .652 7.0 46
4 Minnesota Timberwolves  29 18 .617 8.5 47
5 Oklahoma City Thunder 25 20 .556 11.5 45
6 Portland Trail Blazers 24 21 .533 12.5 45
7 New Orleans Pelicans 23 21 .523 13.0 44
8 Los Angeles Clippers 23 21 .523 13.0 44
 
9 Denver Nuggets 23 22 .511 13.5 45
10 Utah Jazz 18 26 .409 18.0 44
11 Phoenix Suns 16 29 .356 20.5 45
12 Los Angeles Lakers 15 29 .341 21.0 44
13 Memphis Grizzlies 15 28 .349 20.5 43
14 Dallas Mavericks 15 30 .333 21.5 45
15 Sacramento Kings 13 31 .295 23.0 44
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