Grizzlies 101, Bulls 91
Marc Gasol led all scorers with 23 points to spearhead the Memphis Grizzlies’ 101-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Gasol’s older brother, Pau, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Chicago (39-26) for his NBA-leading 43rd double-double. It tied his career high set in 2010-11 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jeff Green added 19 points, Zach Randolph scored 16 points and Tony Allen finished with 11 points for Memphis (45-18), who have not lost in Chicago since January 1, 2012.
Hawks 130, Kings 105
The Atlanta Hawks blasted Sacramento 130-105, handing the Kings their fourth straight loss.
Atlanta (50-13) hit 12 three-pointers and had 25 assists on 30 field goals in the first half.
All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, led by DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver, who each finished with 20. Jeff Teague added 18 points and 13 assists.
Rudy Gay had 23 points to lead the Kings (21-41).
Wizards 95, Hornets 69
MarcinGortat scored 20 points on nine-of-11 shooting, and the Washington Wizards rolled to a 95-69 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
The Wizards (36-28) were dominant early and led by as many as 19 points in the first half, then pushed the margin to 26 at the end.
Wizards guard John Wall, who hit his first five shots in the first quarter, finished with 15 points and nine assists.
Celtics 100, Heat 90
Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, and the Boston Celtics, taking advantage of the ejection of Miami centre Hassan Whiteside, defeated the Heat 100-90.
Whiteside, who finished with seven points and nine rebounds, was tossed with 2:45 left in the third quarter after he elbowed Boston’s Kelly Olynyk.
Boston (26-36) won for the third time in four games. The Celtics trail the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers by two games in the battle for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat (28-35), who trail the Hornets and Pacers by a half-game, were led by Dwayne Wade’s game-high 34 points.
Nuggets 106, Knicks 78
Kenneth Faried scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Wilson Chandler added 17 points and the Denver Nuggets routed the New York Knicks 106-78.
Ty Lawson scored 14 points for Denver (23-41).
Andrea Bargnani added 12 points and seven rebounds for New York (12-50).
Warriors 98, Suns 80
Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Klay Thompson added 25 as the Golden State Warriors became the second team in the NBA to 50 victories with a win over the Phoenix Suns.
Draymond Green had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Warriors (50-12) reach 50 victories about four hours after Atlanta (50-13) got there by routing Philadelphia.
Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 19 points, guard Brandon Knight had 13 but suffered an ankle sprain in the first half and did not return.
Pelicans 114, Bucks 103
Anthony Davis set a new career high with 43 points as the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Milwaukee Bucks for a victory.
Davis was dominant in all phases of his game. He hit 17 of 23 shots and nine of 11 free throw attempts while grabbing eight rebounds with six assists and a pair of blocked shots.
With the win, New Orleans pulled within a half-game of Oklahoma City for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Forward GiannisAntetokounmpo with a career-high 29 points for the Bucks (33-30).
Clippers 89, Timberwolves 76
J.J. Redick scored a game-high 26 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers rolled to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Redick hit 10 of 19 shots from the floor as the Clippers (41-23) ended a two-game losing streak. Centre DeAndre Jordan finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds.
The win kept the Clippers (41-23) a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
Rookie forward Adreian Payne led Minnesota (14-48) with 16 points and 15 rebounds.