The resurgence of Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks continued, while the absolute misery of the New York Knicks haunted Madison Square Garden once again. Nowitzki fired up an awkward jumper that hit the glass then fired off the back and front of the rim before popping up in the air and dropping through the net at the buzzer to steal the 110-108 win.
And as far as Dirk jumpers go, it wasn't nearly as pretty as it gets. The ball hit every possible surface before falling, but it was the Nowitzki mid-range touch we've seen a million times before. He had a quiet 15 points, but the Mavs needed every one of them as time wound down.
Dallas gave up an eight-point lead with 1:37 remaining as the Knicks tied the game less than 47 seconds later behind some huge buckets from Carmelo Anthony, who went for 44 points. But it was just enough to fall a little bit short, which is apropos of the Knicks' season.
Bucks 130, 76ers 110
Ohhh, so this is what it looks like when an NBA team is stripped nearly entirely of big-league talent. The Milwaukee Bucks, the team with the worst record in the league, just crushed the 76ers in Philadelphia, 130-110, behind 25 points off the bench from O.J. Mayo and 20 from Ersan Ilyasova.
The Bucks (11-45) are now 3.5 games
ahead of behind the Sixers (15-42) for the worst record in the NBA and the highest potential odds at the top overall pick in June; but with all due respect to Michael Carter-Williams, they've probably got the most exciting player on the floor between these two teams.
Also, Giannis Antetokounmpo has become a fan-favorite in Milwaukee, and it's easy to see why.
Antetokounmpo went for 13 points, six boards, four assists and four blocks in just 29 minutes. Thaddeus Young, who was left on the Philly island as the trade deadline passed, dropped 28 points, five rebounds, seven assists and six steals for the dreadful Sixers.
Golden State is hanging on the edge of the Western Conference playoff picture, and a 104-96 win over Detroit allowed it to stay there. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson went for 19 points apiece, and the Warriors held the Pistons to just 40 percent shooting in a game that was close nearly all the way through.
Detroit, on the other hand, are on the outside looking in, and the gap continues to grow between it and the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats. The Pistons held a two-point lead at the end of three, but they managed just 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Oh, and Klay Thompson dunked so hard on Kyle Singler that Singler lost all sense of balance...
Clippers 123, Pelicans 110
The Los Angeles Clippers didn't want to suffer a letdown after a huge win over the Thunder on Sunday, and Jamal Crawford and Friends made sure nothing like that happened on Monday. Crawford hit seven threes on his way to 25 points, and the Clips hit 16 from deep as a team to go on to the 123-110 over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 dimes, DeAndre Jordan posted 14 points, 16 boards and four blocks, and Blake Griffin registered 22 of his own to help their team run away from the Pelicans. Anthony Davis put up huge numbers once again for injury-plagued New Orleans. The former No. 1 overall pick went for 26 points and 11 boards as his wonderful year continued despite his team's tough season.
Jazz 110, Celtics 98
There were quite a few cellar-dwellers squaring off against one another on Monday night, and the Jazz were able to dispatch of the Celtics in the nightcap with a 110-98 win in Salt Lake City.
Alec Burks went for 21 points off the bench and Derrick Favors dropped in 20 as Utah basically handled this one from start to finish. The Jazz shot 55 percent from the floor and really spread the ball around to the tune of 25 assists, where the Celtics really struggled to do the same. Rajon Rondo had 10 assists in the game, while the rest of his team had six, combined.