Phoenix withstood monster efforts from both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant had 38 points and surpassed Michael Jordan with his 41st straight game of 25 or more points. Westbrook had 33 points, eight assists and a nasty block late in the fourth quarter to momentarily keep the Thunder alive:
The Suns led for much of the game and went up by 14 points in the third quarter, but Oklahoma City didn't go away. The Thunder trailed by just three heading into the final frame after going down by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, and the contest remained competitive in a frenzied fourth quarter.
With the thrilling victory, Phoenix is now a full game up on the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Miami Heat 102, New York Knicks 91
LeBron James had 38 points to lead the Dwyane Wade-less Heat to a victory over the Knicks, whose playoff hopes are fading away once again.
James added six assists and five rebounds to go along with his 38 points, which he acquired on 13-of-22 shooting. Miami shot 55.7-percent overall and 12-of-27 from three.
New York shot just 37.5 percent, but they stayed in the game thanks to J.R. Smith's 10-of-22 effort from behind the three-point line. Smith became the first player in NBA history to knock down eight three-pointers in back-to-back games, and his 22 attempts from deep were an NBA record:
Carmelo Anthony really struggled, going 4-of-17 from the field as he battled a sore right shoulder. The Knicks are now two games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta Hawks 107, Indiana Pacers 88
The Pacers' downward spiral continued in a dreadful performance that was record-breaking in its futility. Indiana scored a franchise-low 23 points in the first half and is now a game behind Miami at the top of the East.
Roy Hibbert was benched after playing just nine minutes in the first half due to his woeful play. Hibbert missed all five of his shot attempts, and the only other stat he recorded was a lone turnover:
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Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 25 points. Atlanta shot the lights out, making 56.2 percent from the field and 12-of-27 from long range.
San Antonio Spurs 112, Memphis Grizzlies 92
After a 19-game winning streak was broken by the Thunder on Thursday, the Spurs got back to their winning ways in an impressive victory over Grizzlies. And in the process, San Antonio became the first team in the NBA to reach 60 wins this season.
Kawhi Leonard tied a career-high with 26 points on a ridiculous 12-of-13 shooting line. The Spurs shot 55.8 percent for the game and led comfortably after a dominant first quarter. There was one downer, as Tony Parker left the game with back spasms.
James Johnson had 20 points for Memphis.
Houston Rockets 130, Denver Nuggets 125 (OT)
The Rockets prevailed over the Nuggets in a wild overtime affair that saw a number of huge swings. James Harden had 32 points and sent the game to overtime to cap off a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback. Omer Asik tied a career-high with 23 rebounds and also added 18 points:
Houston trailed by five after the first quarter, only to put up a whopping 47 points in the second. Then Denver went on a prolonged run, going up by 14 points with 4:35 left. But then Harden took over, scoring 13 points down the stretch during the comeback. Chandler Parsons sealed the game with two big threes in overtime.
The game stayed relatively close in the first half, but the Clippers opened it up in the third quarter. The Clippers shot 56.6-percent overall and 10-of-19 from three.
Jordan Hill had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lakers, but Hill was also just about ended by DeAndre Jordan:
Dallas Mavericks 93, Sacramento Kings 91
DeMarcus Cousins missed a potential game-tying jumper at the buzzer as the Mavs secured a much needed victory on the road.
Monta Ellis had 23 points to lead Dallas. The Mavs didn't shoot particularly well overall, but they did make 13 threes and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds.
Cousins had 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Rudy Gay led the Kings with 32 points. No other Kings players scored in double figures.
Golden State Warriors 130, Utah Jazz 102
The Splash Brothers combined to go 12-of-20 from downtown. The Warriors made 17-of-33 from long range and shot 57.8-percent overall.
The Blazers clinched a playoff berth and reached the 50-win mark with their victory over the Pelicans. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 18 rebounds in the win.
Portland trailed by seven at halftime, but a huge third quarter turned the tide. The Blazers won the period by 15 points before holding on in the end.