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Payton's triple-double helps Magic rout Pistons 115-87

Terrance Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:32pm

The late-season shift to a smaller and quicker lineup has seemed to benefit all of the remaining Orlando Magic players, especially Elfrid Payton.

Wizards jump out early, cruise to 129-108 victory over Nets

Ian Quillen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:12pm

After waking up with a migraine headache on Friday, John Wall could at least go to bed knowing his Washington Wizards are back in the playoffs.

Streaking Bucks beat Hawks 100-97, tie for 5th in East

Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:11pm

Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-97 on Friday night.

James to see eye doctor after 112-105 win over Hornets

Steve Reed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:11pm

LeBron James sat at his locker dabbing his right eye with a wet compress while having difficulty keeping it open.

Booker scores 70 in Boston, but Celtics outlast Suns 130-120

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:57pm

Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth different player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night.

Jokic has 31 points, 17 rebounds, Nuggets top Pacers 125-117

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:57pm

Nikola Jokic did a little bit of everything to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers.

Harden's 38 points lead Rockets over Pelicans 117-107

Kristie Rieken, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:56pm

James Harden scored 38 points, including eight down the stretch, and tied a career high with 17 assists to help the Houston Rockets pull away for a 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Lakers honor Shaq with high-flying statue outside arena

Beth Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:14pm

The Lakers honored Shaquille O'Neal with a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame center who helped them to three consecutive NBA titles in better days outside Staples Center on Friday.

Embiid has surgery to repair torn meniscus

Matt Schoch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:50pm

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid had minor surgery on his left knee Friday to repair a torn meniscus.

Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac entering NBA draft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:17pm

Jonathan Isaac is the third Florida State player since the season ended to announce he is entering the NBA draft.

Surging Heat have playoffs in sight after dreadful start

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 7:22am

They have won 24 times in their last 31 games. They put together the NBA's longest winning streak this season, a 13-game run that was beyond surprising. They are on the cusp of doing something never accomplished in NBA history.

Lillard scores 30, Trail Blazers rout Knicks 110-95

Erik Garcia Gundersen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:12am

Damian Lillard knows what can happen in games like Thursday.

Aldridge, Leonard lead Spurs to 97-90 win over Grizzlies

Raul Dominguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:58pm

The Memphis Grizzlies got into the Spurs defensively, pushing San Antonio around and making every possession a fierce fight.

Barnes' late basket, steal put Mavs past Clippers, 97-95

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:57pm

Harrison Barnes thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks.

Nets beat Suns 126-98 for 1st two-game win streak of season

Michael Scotto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:36pm

The Brooklyn Nets finally have a winning streak.

DeRozan gets 40, Raptors rally again to beat Heat 101-84

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00pm

Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic.

Sacramento Kings' Ty Lawson denies violating DUI probation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:40pm

Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson has denied that he violated his probation in a Colorado drunken driving case by drinking and failing to complete community service.

Rutgers guard Corey Sanders to enter NBA Draft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:40pm

Rutgers sophomore guard Corey Sanders is entering the NBA draft.

Antetokounmpo's 32 points lead Bucks over Kings 116-98

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:22am

Wary of a letdown on the finale of a six-game trip, Giannis Antetokounmpo took it upon himself early to make sure that the Milwaukee Bucks would be departing for home with a smile on their faces.