LeBron James on Loss to 76ers: 'We Dug Ourselves That Hole'

Washington Wizards John Wall gestures behind Boston Celtics Marcus Smart during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston Monday Dec. 25 2017. The Wizards won 111-103

Wall finished with 28 points, 14 assists, three steals and six turnovers in his third game back from knee surgery.

It's worth noting that Cleveland has really turned it on in Lue's absence, losing just one game out of their last 10.

Bucks, Heat, and Wizards will all be struggling to reach a more favorable position by the end of the season, but the primary focus of the public will expectedly be on a two-team jam higher up in the standings.

James, meanwhile, chipped in 44 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Cavs would then be destined to face the Boston Celtics in the second round. They are 7-3 this season when he starts.

Behind Wall, Beal and Porter - and helped by some disgusting shots by the Cavs - the Wizards went on an 11-0 run to take an 82-76 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter. Simmons put on a show on Friday, including a freakish between-the-legs assist at one point, then a few minutes later slashing to the rim for a slam.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds before fouling out with 1:46 remaining.

Chris Sheridan, formerly of ESPN and the Associated Press and who now writers for NJ.com, explained in a story posted Thursday why James will leave Cleveland again in free agency this summer.

Paul scored 27 points to help Houston get its second straight victory since a loss to San Antonio.

"It's been like four seasons into one", James said.

Title out of rech, but pride at stake in Madrid derby
An early league win may also help their Champions League hopes, as they will be able to rest players for the most crucial games. Zidane surprised everybody by taking off Ronaldo just after the hour mark and replacing him with Karim Benzema .

Portland's Damian Lillard sat out after spraining his left ankle Tuesday against Dallas.

He made the first free throw, but missed the second, forcing him to deliberately miss the third in the hope of an offensive rebound and a score to tie it. Larry Nance Jr had a chance, but his tip in clunked off the rim.

Paul made the victor before crashing to the court.

To be fair, this is not the same Sixers team that lost to Golden State.

The Pacers have won six of seven, including twice against the short-handed defending National Basketball Association champions. They are riding a 12-game winning streak, their longest since before Embiid, Saric, Ben Simmons or Markelle Fultz have even been born.

Now, that is how a team stages a comeback in a key Eastern Conference game late in the regular season.

Toronto Raptors clinched the No.1 seed in the east after their 92-73 rout of the fifth-placed Indiana Pacers.

It's the Eastern Conference up-and-comer against the perennial Eastern Conference power.

Derrick Favors scored 16 points, and Jonas Jerebko and Alec Burks each had 13. L.A. trails eighth-place New Orleans by 2 1/2 games with just three to play.

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