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Brooklyn Nets (15-56) vs Washington Wizards (43-28)
Wizard point guard John Wall was just 6-of-21 shooting against the Hawks but still contributed 22 points, 10 assists and four steals for his 46th double-double of the season. Brooklyn is enjoying its best success with four victories in its last seven games, and Brook Lopez has fueled the run. The center fell one point shy of his seventh straight 20-point performance in the win over the Suns and is averaging 24.6 during the stretch.
Cleveland Cavaliers (46-24) vs Charlotte Hornets (32-39)
Cleveland finally got its full roster healthy in Denver with shooting guard Kyle Korver (foot) returning from a seven-game absence and is more concerned with ironing out rotations and getting the defense locked in prior to the playoffs than going after the No. 1 seed. Charlotte rallied to beat Orlando 109-102 on Wednesday behind reserve center Frank Kaminsky, who scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter on 4-of-4 shooting.
Detroit Pistons (34-38) vs Orlando Magic (26-46)
Ish Smith replaced Reggie Jackson in the Pistons starting five for the first time since December 2. Smith finished with nine points and seven assists, while Jackson had six points and a minus-14 rating in just 20 minutes off the bench. Orlando had a great chance to match its longest winning streak of the season against Charlotte but struggled to make plays and hit shots when it mattered most, a typical outcome for a team headed for its fifth straight season without a playoff berth. Terrence Ross led the way with 19 points.
Denver Nuggets (34-37) vs Indiana Pacers (36-35)
All-Star forward Paul George admitted that Indiana was playing like a lottery team on the road and a playoff team at home before Wednesday’s game, and then he scored 35 points while only one other Pacers player reached double figures in the loss. Denver crushed Indiana 140-112 at home on January 12 while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor. Nuggets reserve swingman Will Barton is averaging 22.2 points on 52.9 percent shooting over the last five games.
Phoenix Suns (22-50) vs Boston Celtics (46-26)
Isaiah Thomas has topped 20 points in eight consecutive games for the Celtics, beginning with a 35-point effort in a loss to the Suns on March 5. Point guard Tyler Ulis drained the 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the host Suns a 109-106 victory over Boston.