The middle portions of the NBA season are now here, and teams are starting to really pay attention to the division and projected playoff standings. There have been 13 games played the past two days. Let's take a look at some of the key matchups and how they turned out.
There were only three games on the slate for Thursday night, but five of the six teams featured all had winning records. In early action, the Timberwolves ended the Thunder's 12-game winning streak with a 99-93 win. In the two later games, the Heat made quick work of the slumping Mavericks, winning 110-95. The Trail Blazers also knocked off the Nuggets, 101-93.
Both the Warriors and Kings were in action on Friday. Golden State cruised to a 115-110 win over the lowly Bobcats, while Sacramento fell to the Clippers, 97-85. Not only did the Kings lose, but enigmatic big man DeMarcus Cousins was benched for the second half after getting into a verbal altercation with coach Keith Smart.
Around the rest of the league, the red-hot Bulls defeated Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. For just the second time all season, New York fell while playing at the comforts of Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony was ejected mid-way through the fourth quarter after picking up a second technical foul.
Anthony Davis recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, although it was not enough as the Spurs knocked off the Hornets. The Bucks defeated the offensively-challenged Celtics in overtime, 99-94.
For a full look at the scoreboard, check out Sports Illustrated.