CAPTION: Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) and small forward Steve Novak (16) celebrate in front of Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Set for takeoff
The Rockets entered their game at Sacramento as the No. 6 seed in the West, but just a half game above the No. 8 spot. The Kings, meanwhile, are already thinking about next year. Houston would win 104-87 on Sunday night.
The winning side
Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant and his teammates used a 24-0 run to put away the Raptors 91-75 on Sunday and end a three-game losing skid.
Spur of the moment
The Spurs won their 11th consecutive game (114-104 on Sunday), while Utah fell to 29-28, but the Jazz will get another crack at beating San Antonio just one night later, and the rematch will be in Utah.
Game of Twister
Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee had a big Sunday night with 22 points and 11 boards, but the Cavs fell to the Nets 122-117 in overtime.
Pistons point guard Brandon Knight tried to help engineer an upset by scoring 16 points. Detroit kept it interesting early, but soon found out how difficult it is for road teams to grab a win in Miami, falling 98-75 on Sunday.
Andre Iguodala and his Philadelphia 76ers were overwhelmed by Paul Pierce and the Celtics, who have won seven of their last nine games. Pierce finished with 17 points to Iguodala's 13 as Boston won 103-79 on Sunday.
Good as new
After missing 12 consecutive games with a groin injury, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose looked in sync with his teammates, posting a stat line of 29 points, six rebounds and four assists. But the Bulls lost to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden 100-99 in overtime on Sunday.
Blake Griffin victimizes Pau Gasol twice Wednesday, throwing down this two-handed jam off a rebound for the first two points of the Clippers' 113-108 loss to the Lakers. Griffin finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but the Clippers shot just 65 percent from the free-throw line during their narrow loss.
Can't keep up?
Spurs guard Danny Green blows by Ray Allen as Green scores a team-high 14 points as the Spurs edged the Celtics 87-86 on Tuesday for San Antonio's ninth win in a row.
Question of balance
Nuggets center Kosta Koufos leaves Eric Gordon in a tough position Tuesday during the Hornets' 94-92 win over the Nuggets. Gordon shot 3 of 11 from the field during his first game action after missing 51 games because of a knee injury.
What's got your attention?
Kobe Bryant picks apart the Clippers during a critical division game, scoring 31 points during the Lakers' 113-108 win. Bryant hit 13 of 18 shots from the field as the Lakers shot 52 percent from the floor.
All fun and games
LeBron James is all smiles after getting the better of MVP candidate Kevin Durant and the Thunder during the Heat's 98-93 win. LeBron had 31 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and four steals, helping Miami avenge a loss to Oklahoma City on March 25.
Jason Terry has another solid performance off the bench, scoring 15 points in the Mavericks' 95-85 win over the Grizzlies. Dallas shot 50 percent from the field to improve to 20-9 at home.