While other NBA teams are getting ready to play for all the marbles, fans of the lottery-bound Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves have their minds on ping pong balls and the draft lottery on May 19.
Raymond Felton hit a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining in double overtime, then blocked a last-second shot to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 144-143 on Friday night.
Marcus Smart scored 19 points, and Boston maintained its grip on a playoff spot by holding off a short-handed Cleveland team.
The Nets, playing with more togetherness and energy than Washington had seen before, blew past the Wizards to continue their playoff push with their 10th victory in the last 13 games.
Marc Gasol had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a dramatic 89-88 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night that strengthened their playoff positioning.
Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins hasn’t been doing too much scoreboard watching with his team fighting to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
With Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka out with injuries, it has fallen on Russell Westbrook to shoulder the load as Oklahoma City tries to grind its way into the NBA playoffs.
The Orlando Magic haven’t beaten the Toronto Raptors in more than three years. They missed another chance Friday night.
Tim Duncan had 29 points and blocked James Harden’s layup with 2.9 seconds left to give the San Antonio Spurs their 10th straight victory, 104-103 over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Anthony Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 90-75 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points, including three straight jumpers down the stretch, and the Indiana Pacers kept up their playoff push with a 107-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the lineup with 23 points and moved the Milwaukee Bucks to the verge of a playoff spot with a 99-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Marcus Smart scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics maintained their grip on a playoff spot by holding off the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers 99-90 on Friday night.
Mike Muscala scored 17 points, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-80 on Friday night to reach 60 wins for the first time in franchise history.
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One of the two Atlanta Hawk players, Thabo Sefolosha, suffered a fractured tibia during an altercation with cops Wednesday.
Peter DeBusschere, the 43-year-old son of Knicks legend Dave DeBusschere, hopes to wear his father's lucky blue-and-tan tie May 15 on the night of the 2015 Draft Lottery. Peter DeBusschere is…