The Knicks finished a single game behind the Hawks for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference last season.
On his way to what could be an N.B.A. scoring title, Harden has been drawing fouls and sinking free throws at an impressive rate.
The final days of the NBA regular season have arrived with a few things still to be decided, such as a scoring champion and exactly who gets what seed in the respective brackets.
Tyson Chandler gave a kind smirk when he learned that the Dallas Mavericks had just swept a four-game season series with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in franchise history.
The San Antonio Spurs have refused to pay attention to the standings or any other team over the past month and a half, instead focusing on their own game.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points as the Milwaukee Bucks clinched a playoff spot with a 96-73 victory over the Nets.
James Harden scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take the lead and held on for a 121-114 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.
The rebuilding plan is way ahead of schedule for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 54 points Sunday night, but Indiana fended off his late charge for a critical 116-104 victory over Oklahoma City.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn’t get carried away by Boston’s rout of a Cleveland team that bore little resemblance to the real Cavaliers.
John Wall had no trouble finding his rhythm after resting for two games, producing 24 points and nine assists Sunday night to lead the Washington Wizards to their highest win total in more than 30 years by beating a second-string group of Atlanta Hawks 108-99.
Golden State is largely playing for history’s sake at this point in the regular season, but Memphis, once considered a top contender, is desperately clinging to the second seed in the Western Conference.