Washington Wizards 127 Cleveland Cavaliers 115
CLEVELAND – John Wall scored 37 points. Bradley Beal added 27, and the Washington Wizards (45-28) began a challenging road trip by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers (47-25) on Saturday night. LeBron James briefly scored 24 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists. Kyrie Irving added 23 points and Kevin Love dropped 17 for Cleveland, playing at home for the only time in a seven-game stretch. With the Wizards victory, Cleveland is only half a game ahead of Boston in the Eastern Conference.
San Antonio Spurs 106 New York Knicks 98
SAN ANTONIO – Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a double-double (19 points and 10 rebounds), and the San Antonio Spurs (56-16) beat the New York Knicks (27-46) on Saturday night. Pau Gasol also finished with 19 points off the bench. Willy Hernangomez had a career-high 24 points and added 13 boards. Derrick Rose also finished with 24 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 19 points starting in place of Carmelo Anthony, who missed his second straight game with a sore left knee.
Toronto Raptors 94 Dallas Mavericks 86
DALLAS – DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka scored 18 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors (44-29) won their fifth straight game, over the Dallas Mavericks (31-41) on Saturday night. Patrick Patterson finished with 14 points off the bench. Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks in the scoring department with 23 points. With its 44th win, Toronto clinched a playoff spot for a franchise-record fourth consecutive year.
Portland Trail Blazers 112 Minnesota Timberwolves 100
PORTLAND – C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers (34-38) continued their push for the playoffs with a victory over the Timberwolves (28-44) on Saturday night. Damian Lillard added 21 points for Portland, who have won 10 of their last 13 games. Portland has seven of its last 10 games at home remaining in the regular season. Andrew Wiggins led the Wolves in the scoring department with 20 points.
Los Angeles Clippers 108 Utah Jazz 95
LOS ANGELES – Jamal Crawford scored 28 points off the bench, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight year. Blake Griffin added 15 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 15 rebounds for Los Angeles. Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double (26 points and 14 rebounds) for Utah, and Joe Johnson added 17 points. The Jazz have dropped four of their last five.