DALLAS (Sporting Alert) — The following is the NBA standings, as well as the NBA scores, records and results from the games that took place in the league on Tuesday night, Feb. 18.
Two-time defending champions(38-14), the Indiana Pacers (41-12) and the San Antonio Spurs (39-15), all picked up wins on the night.
LeBron James returned from the All-Star break in good form after scoring a season-high 42 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Miami’s 117-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks (32-23).
“I’m still tired,” James revealed. “But when I’m on the court, I’ve got to try to make things happen.”
His performance in Tuesday night sees James scoring at least 35 points in three successive games for the first time for the Heat, as his team improved to 6-1 in February and warmed up nicely for Thursday night battle with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team that leads the NBA standings this season.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Vince Carter added 15 points and rebounds from off the bench.
Also on the night the Pacers picked up a 108-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks (25-27), with Paul George leading the way with 26 points, while the Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (37-19) at STAPLES Center, 113-103.
NBA Scores and Record on Feb. 18
Miami Heat 117 (38-14), Dallas Mavericks 106 (32-23)
Indiana Pacers 108 (41-12), Atlanta Hawks 98 (25-27)
Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (21-33), Philadelphia 76ers 85 (15-40)
Toronto Raptors 103 (29-24), Washington Wizards 93 (25-28)
Charlotte Bobcats 108 (24-30), Detroit Pistons 96 (22-31)
Memphis Grizzlies 98 (30-23), New York Knicks 93 (20-33)
Milwaukee Bucks 104 (10-43), Orlando Magic 100 (16-39)
Phoenix Suns 112 (31-21), Denver Nuggets 107 (24-28)
San Antonio Spurs 113 (39-15), Los Angeles Clippers 103 (37-19)