Post Up: Houston, We Have A Problem

The Rockets fell a game out of the Playoff race with a tough loss to the Mavs, while Portland clinched a Playoff birth.
by April 07, 2016

Cavs 109 (56-23), Pacers 123 (42-36)

Cleveland felt the effect of no LeBron James (out for rest) as Indiana handed the Cavs an embarrassing loss. Kyrie Irving droped 26 points on 11-18 shooting and Kevin Love had 23 points in just 19 minutes, but the Cavs’ defense allowed Indiana to shoot 56.3 percent and hit 16 three-pointers.

Pistons 108 (42-37), Magic 104 (33-45)

Detroit used a 12-2 fourth-quarter run to rally past Orlando. Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all hit key shots down the stretch.

Nets 103 (21-57), Wizards 121 (38-40)

Ramon Sessions stepped in for an injured John Wall and scored 18 points with season-high 13 assists to lead the Wiz.

Pelicans 97 (29-49), Celtics 104 (46-32)

Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points and found all kinds of ways to score in the paint as Boston managed to pull away in the final minute.

Hornets 111 (45-33), Knicks 97 (31-48)

Kemba Walker set a career-high with 7 threes, scoring 34 points to pace Charlotte as the Hornets bounced back from consecutive losses.

Rockets 86 (38-40), Mavs 88 (40-38)

Five straight wins for Dallas, and surprise, surprise—JJ Barea was the leading scorer for the Mavs in those five games, including a 27-point and 8-assist performance against Houston. Dirk came up with a crucial block against James Harden in the final seconds that helped seal the win. The win gives Dallas a one-game cushion above 8th-place Utah and a two-game lead over 9th-place Houston.

Thunder 115 (54-25), Blazers 120 (43-37)

With the 3-seed locked up, OKC rested four starters. The game was closer than you’d expect, as Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter (who delivered the Thunder’s first ever 30-point, 20-rebound performance) played well in the loss. CJ McCollum and Al-Farouq Aminu combined to score 53 points for Portland, who clinched a Playoff birth with the W.

Clippers 91 (50-28), Lakers 81 (16-62)

Kobe Bryant finished his second-to-last game at Staples Center with a game-high 17 points—10 of which came in the first quarter. Enjoy the Mamba’s brilliance while it lasts!