New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans (1) passes as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) defends during the first quarter of a game at Smoothie King Center. Photo by Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Pelicans 101, Thunder 89
Tyreke Evans, pressed into emergency point guard duty, scored a career-high 41 points and dished out eight assists to power the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Evans' status before the game was uncertain because of a bone bruise in his knee, but he exploded for the Pelicans (33-48).
Kevin Durant scored 25 for the Thunder (58-23), who missed the chance to clinch the West's No. 2 seed but can do so with a win in their finale on Wednesday, or with one more loss by the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Raptors 110, Bucks 100
Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 24 as the Toronto Raptors set a team record with their 48th victory of the season in defeating the Milwaukee Bucks.
Vasquez was filling in for regular shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who was rested by the Raptors (48-33). Toronto can clinch the East's third seed by winning their season finale on Wednesday against the New York Knicks.
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76ers 113, Celtics 108
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and six assists as the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Boston Celtics.
Backup guard Tony Wroten added 20 points for the Sixers (18-63), who snapped a four-game losing streak in their final home game of the season.
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Lakers 119, Jazz 104
Nick Young scored a season-high 41 points and sparked a massive turnaround as the Los Angeles Lakers pounded the Utah Jazz.
Young scored 17 in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles stormed to a commanding 20-point lead after trailing by 13 in the first half.