NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — NBA standings, as well as the NBA scores, results and records from the regular season league games that took place on Wednesday night, April 2.
The night saw the San Antonio Spurs (59-16), Los Angeles Clippers (54-22), Miami Heat (52-22) and the Indiana Pacers (53-23) all grabbing wins.
At the AT&T Center in San Antonio, the Spurs, who heads the NBA standings overall with 59 wins, extended the club’s franchise-record winning streak to 19 games, following a 111-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Point guard Tony Parker scored 18 points and dished out eight assists and Tim Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio to secure the win and eased to the Southwest Division title.
At the US Airways Center in Phoenix, All-star forward Blake Griffin returned from a back problem to score 23 points and pulled down six rebounds as the LA Clippers rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Suns 112-108 and clinched the Pacific Division title once again.
The Clippers won the division title last year as well, but didn’t last very long in the playoffs, going out in the first round.
This season, the target is the bigger picture.
“It’s nice but it doesn’t really mean much,” said Chris Paul, who scored 20 points on Wednesday night. “We won the division title last year and lost in the first round.
“Last year we would have gone into the game knowing we had a chance to win the division. Now we don’t care, it’s all about the bigger picture.”
Meanwhile, also on Wednesday night, a short-handed Miami Heat, led by an aching LeBron James, picked up a 96-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (14-61), while the Pacers had a 101-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons (27-48).
In another key result on the night, shooting guard J.R. Smith scored 24 points and the New York Knicks (33-43) had a 110-81 win over the Brooklyn Nets (40-34) to move ahead of Atlanta Hawks on percentage points for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
NBA Scores and Results, Records on April 2
San Antonio Spurs 111 (59-16), Golden State Warriors 90 (46-29)
Los Angeles Clippers 112 (54-22) – Phoenix Suns 108 (44-31)
Indiana Pacers 101 (53-23), Detroit Pistons 94 (27-48)
Miami Heat 96 (52-22), Milwaukee Bucks 77 (14-61)
Chicago Bulls 105 (43-32), Atlanta Hawks 92 (32-42)
Toronto Raptors 107 (43-32), Houston Rockets 103 (49-25)
Washington Wizards 118 (39-36), Boston Celtics 92 (23-52)
Charlotte Bobcats 123 (37-38), Philadelphia 76ers 93 (16-59)
Minnesota Timberwolves 102 (37-37), Memphis Grizzlies 88 (44-31)
Denver Nuggets 137 (33-42) – New Orleans Pelicans 107 (32-43)
New York Knicks 110 (33-43), Brooklyn Nets 81 (40-34)
Cleveland Cavaliers 119 (31-45), Orlando Magic 98 (21-54)
Sacramento Kings 107 (27-48) – Los Angeles Lakers 102 (25-50)