Orlando Magic 111, Charlotte Bobcats 102 OT
Probably the least impressive 50th win of all-time. An overtime win against a non-playoff team that only happened because a missed layup by the opposition forced the extra period. Not so good.
Indiana Pacers 136, Washington Wizards 112
The win streak was fun while it lasted, but I am glad everything is back to normal and the Wizards are losing games in embarrassing fashion. Everything makes sense again.
New York Knicks 97, Philadelphia 76ers 92
Five straight wins for the Knicks, including victories over two playoff teams. They’re currently in the sixth spot in the East, scheduled to play the Heat in the first round, while peaking at the exact right time. Pretty cool, if you’re a Knicks fan.
Cleveland Cavaliers 104, Toronto Raptors 96
It is really weird to even say this, but Baron Davis has been great since coming to the Cavaliers. He’s raised his scoring, shooting percentages and assists compared to when he was with the Clippers. And the Cavs have won five of the 12 games he’s played. Strange, but a nice little late season treat for a fanbase that could use it. Plus, he’s wearing No. 85, which is just hilarious.
Detroit Pistons 116, New Jersey Nets 109
I guess John Kuester’s strategy is to bench all of his players at some point, that way when they come back they play better. Worked for Rodney Stuckey, who had 22 points and 10 assists after a two-game stint on the pine. Pretty terrible strategy, but great results.
Phoenix Suns 108, Minnesota Timberwolves 98
Congratulations to the Timberwolves, who now own the worst record in the league after the Cavs got their 17th win. You did it!
New Orleans Hornets 101, Houston Rockets 93
The Hornets are officially in the playoffs, and the Rockets are 3.5 games out with three games remaining. More importantly, Brad Miller jacked Jason Smith in the face because that’s what’ll happen when you try to dunk on Brad Miller.
Oklahoma City Thunder 112, Los Angeles Clippers 108
The Thunder clinched their division with this win, the first time since 2005 that the franchise has won the Northwest. They’re now just a game behind the Mavericks for the No. 3 seed in the West, which is too bad because I want to see Nuggets/Thunder so bad.
Milwaukee Bucks 90, Miami Heat 85
Kind of a bad loss for the Heat. At home, plus it could help keep them out of the No. 2 spot in the East. That’s the difference between playing the 76ers — who the Heat have beat in all three matchups this season — and playing the Knicks, who have won the last two games against Miami. That can all change in a week, but for now this isn’t great.
San Antonio Spurs 124, Sacramento Kings 92
Easy 60th win for the Spurs, who’ve accomplished that feat for the first time since 2006. The win also clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs, so pretty good win all around.
Denver Nuggets 104, Dallas Mavericks 96
Four straight losses for the Mavericks, who sat Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd and don’t seem too concerned with the fact that they only have a one-game lead over the Thunder, which in turn would result in the Mavs playing the Nuggets — a team they just lost to — in the first round of the playoffs. Hmmmm.
Golden State Warriors 95, Los Angeles Lakers 87
And now the Lakers have lost three straight games after a 17-1 run post-All-Star break. Not the best time to hit a rough patch.