MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — The following are the NBA standings, as well as the scores and records after the list of games that took place around the league on Sunday April 6.
As teams continue to push for playoff spots, the Miami Heat (53-23) put a major setback in the New York Knicks’ (33-45) hopes of making it, while the Atlanta Hawks (34-42) strengthened their hold on a slot after beating the Indiana Pacers (53-25).
The injured-hit Heat were led by LeBron James, who scored 38 points in the 102-91 win over New York. J.R. Smith scored 32 points on 10 of 22 from 3-point range to lead the Knicks.
Defeat for the Knicks now mean that they are two games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the battle for the eighth and final playoff slot.
With New York having three more losses and with only four games left, they will be hoping for a massive meltdown by the Hawks.
“Our fate is almost now in Atlanta’s hands,” Carmelo Anthony said after his team’s defeat.
“It’s tough. … My fate is in somebody else’s hands.”
Atlanta boost their chances of getting a playoff spot by handing the struggling Indiana Pacers another defeat, their fifth loss in six outing, with a 107-88 result.
The Portland Trail Blazers (50-28) clinched a playoff berth with a 100-94 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans (32-45) with LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way with 25 points and 18 rebounds.
Kevin Durant scored 38 points, his 41st straight game with at least 25 points, which saw him moving pass Michael Jordan for the third longest streak in that area, but the Oklahoma City Thunder (55-21) went down 122-115 to the Phoenix Suns (46-31).
Other victories on Sunday came from the Los Angeles Clippers (55-23), who beat the Los Angeles Lakers (25-52), 120-97, the San Antonio Spurs (60-17), who leads the NBA standings overall picked up a 112-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies (45-32), who slip out of the playoff places in the Western Conference standings.
NBA Scores and Records on April 6
San Antonio Spurs 112 (60-17), Memphis Grizzlies 92 (45-32)
Phoenix Suns 122 (46-31), Oklahoma City Thunder 115 (55-21)
Los Angeles Clippers 120 (55-23), Los Angeles Lakers 97 (25-52)
Miami Heat 102 (53-23), New York Knicks 91 (33-45)
Atlanta Hawks 107 (34-42), Indiana Pacers 88 (53-25)
Houston Rockets 130 (51-25), Denver Nuggets 125 (33-44) Overtime
Portland Trail Blazers 100 (50-28), New Orleans Pelicans 94 (32-45)
Golden State Warriors 130 (48-29), Utah Jazz 102 (24-53)
Dallas Mavericks 93 (47-31), Sacramento Kings 91 (27-50)