Spurs 92 (61-12), Thunder 111 (51-22)
OKC took care of business against a short-handed Spurs team, as coach Gregg Popovich sat Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili in Saturday’s defeat. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 60 points, while Enes Kanter recorded a double-double off the bench. As is often the case in B-Squad games, San Antonio’s second unit provided a number of entertaining moments, including this one-handed yam from Boban Marjanovic.
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Pacers 110 (38-34), Nets 120 (21-51)
Paul George claimed to be concerned with Indiana’s performance following Saturday’s loss at the Barclays Center, and rightfully so. The Pacers have dropped four of their last seven, and now hold just a two-game lead in the cellar of the Eastern Conference. Brook Lopez’s 23-point effort laid the groundwork for Bojan Bogdanovic’s heroics late in the fourth.
Bulls 89 (36-36), Magic 111 (30-43)
The Magic shot 53.9 percent from the field en route to a 22-point drubbing of the Bulls. One of the league’s more disappointing teams this season, Chicago has now dropped three straight, and has left coach Fred Hoiberg wondering if his players have given up on playoff aspirations entirely.
“I sure hope not,” Bulls first-year coach Fred Hoiberg responded when asked if he thinks his team has quit on trying to make a playoff run.
“Obviously, what I’m saying right now, my message isn’t getting across,” he added. “We’re going to sit in a room and hopefully get it figured out tomorrow.”
Raptors 115 (49-23), Pelicans 91 (26-46)
The Pelicans are going to have trouble making games competitive without Anthony Davis, as evidenced by Toronto’s 24-point thrashing on Saturday. DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 23 points, leading the Raptors to a franchise-record 49th victory.
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Hawks 112 (44-30), Pistons 95 (39-35)
Paul Millsap’s 23 points spearheaded a night of solid offensive productivity for the Hawks, as all five starters (and three reserve players) scored in double-digits. Atlanta and Detroit mixed it up at various points during Saturday’s contest; a headbutt from Aron Baynes forced Paul Millsap out of the game, and Dennis Schroder exchanged words with Andre Drummond during the third quarter.
Cavaliers 107 (52-21), Knicks 93 (30-44)
The Knicks looked as listless as they have all season, getting out-scored 32-15 in the first quarter. While a resilient 28-point night from Carmelo Anthony helped the Knicks avoid getting blown out, LeBron James’ triple-double helped the Cavs remain in cruise control throughout the second half. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith was up to his usual hijinks in his return to MSG…
Great shot … pic.twitter.com/cJiLlrKFdf
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 27, 2016
Jazz 93 (36-37), Timberwolves 84 (24-49)
The Timberwolves played like a team that had reached double-overtime the night before; scoring just 10 first quarter points en route to a tough loss at home. Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward combined for 37 points, helping Utah tie with Houston for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Hornets 115 (42-31), Bucks 91 (30-44)
Nic Batum and Marvin Williams combined for 46 points, helping Charlotte dispatch the Bucks with relative ease. John Henson (19 points) ignited Milwaukee’s offense in place of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had a rare off-night from the field (eight points, 3-of-9 shooting).
Celtics 102 (43-30), Suns 99 (20-53)
A combined 40 points from Devin Booker and Brandon Knight helped the underachieving Suns get within striking distance of Boston, only for a clutch Evan Turner block to secure victory for the Celtics.
In a cool moment, the Suns brought back members of the 1975-76 team for a 40th anniversary.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 27, 2016
76ers 105 (9-64), Trail Blazers 108 (38-36)
Philadelphia had their 10th victory within reach, but a dagger and-one from C.J. McCollum spelled doom for the lowly 76ers. On a night of 6-20 shooting from Damian Lillard, Al-Farouq Aminu helped shoulder the offensive load with 20 points.
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