A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season:
Russell Westbrook scored 30 points in his return to the lineup, Kevin Durant added 27, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Los Angeles Clippers 107-101 Wednesday night in a possible playoff preview.
Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the late-charging Sacramento Kings 100-99 on Wednesday night.
When Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel benched his starters for the entire game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, it meant extended playing time for the team’s reserves.
Indiana, playing without all five of its usual starters, moved a half-game ahead of Miami after Chris Copeland’s late layup gave the Pacers a 104-102 win in Milwaukee.
The Kansas freshman Joel Embiid is entering the N.B.A. draft after a season that ended with a stress fracture in his back that kept him out of the N.C.A.A. tournament.
Randy Foye scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, and the Denver Nuggets hung on to beat the Houston Rockets 123-116 on Wednesday night.
Mason Plumlee has gone from an unsteady rookie at the beginning of this season to a key contributor for the Nets.
Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 14 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 107-102 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Gerald Green scored 21 points, and the Phoenix Suns won their third straight game, 94-88 over New Orleans on Wednesday night.
With four games remaining for each team, any combination of Atlanta Hawks victories or Knicks losses totaling two would end the Knicks’ chance at the postseason.
Arron Afflalo scored 25 points, E’Twaun Moore added 17 and the Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 on Wednesday night.
Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Kyle Korver added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks helped their playoff chances with a 105-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
D.J. Augustin scored 21 points and Joakim Noah posted his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 102-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 125-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, less than three days after he was charged with drunk driving.
Dion Waiters scored 22 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers played one of their best games this season, routing the Detroit Pistons 122-100 on Wednesday night before being eliminated from the playoff chase.
Phil Jackson was “around” the Knicks’ training facility on Wednesday, according to Mike Woodson, who says the new club president basically is “letting me coach” with the team barely breathing in the playoff chase.
Carmelo Anthony, like Phil Jackson, was out of sight after the Knicks practiced Wednesday in Greenburgh. But Mike Woodson believes the seven-time All-Star will play Friday in Toronto after a few days of treatment on the ailing right shoulder that prevented him from taking any shots in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss in Miami.