LA Clippers 104, Denver 98: The Clippers made 14 three-pointers and pulled away late to remain just 1/2 game back of the Lakers in the race for the Pacific Division title and the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. Blake Griffin had three nice dunks.
Welcome to the NBA, Faried.
Orlando 98, Boston 102: The Celtics, without Rondo (back), captured the Atlantic Division thanks to 29 points and 14 assists from Paul Pierce.
Philadelphia 103 Cleveland 87: Teamwork! Thirty-two assists on 43 baskets and the 76ers are very probably likely going to make the playoffs. Why? …
Washington 121, Milwaukee 112: Sorry Bucks, but if you’re going to let the Wizards shoot 55 percent in a crucial game with playoff implications … enjoy the lottery.
LA Lakers 99, Golden State 87: Andrew Bynum’s late-season tear continues – 31 points on 12-of-14 shooting. Gasol added 22-11. The Warriors started four rookies and lost again. The only thing that went wrong on this night for the tanking Warriors was that Toronto and New Jersey lost, too.
Oklahoma City 109, Phoenix 97: James Harden scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Thunder. If you were re-doing the 2009 draft, would Harden go first overall? He went 3rd three years ago, but I’m sure someone will make the case that he’s more valuable than Blake Griffin.
Miami 96, Toronto 72: Would have left this game out, but I greatly enjoyed these LeBron James highlights.
New York 104, New Jersey 95: Chants of M-V-P dominated the swamp, and Melo did not disappoint – 21 points in the first quarter and 33 overall. After making 19 three-pointers against Boston, New York only made 13 against the Nets.
Memphis 103, New Orleans 91: Rudy Gay took flight.
San Antonio 127, Sacramento 102: Oh, that’s a filthy pass. Since you asked, no, I don’t trust the Spurs in the postseason.