Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Washington Wizards cruised past the defending champion Miami Heat 114-93 at Verizon Center.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and Monta Ellis tallied 37 as the Dallas Mavericks beat Phoenix 101-98 to clinch a playoff berth on Saturday.
The Atlanta Hawks clinched the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 98-85 win over the defending champion Miami Heat.
The NBA champion Miami Heat routed the Indiana Pacers 98-86 to position themselves to nab the number one seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Australian Patty Mills scored 26 points to lead San Antonio to a 109-100 victory over Dallas that moved the Spurs closer to clinching the NBA's best record.
A pair of former Dallas Maverick teammates, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, made National Basketball Association history on the same night by achieving a couple of milestones.
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder denied San Antonio a 20th straight NBA victory, beating the Spurs 106-94 in a battle of Western Conference powers.
The Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff spot by defeating the Houston Rockets to extend their home win streak, getting 32 points from Joe Johnson in a 105-96 win.
Tony Parker scored 22 points as San Antonio won their franchise record 18th consecutive game by routing the struggling Indiana Pacers 103-77.
Evan Turner came off the bench to score the go-ahead basket with 90 seconds left as the Indiana Pacers edged reigning league champs Miami 84-83 to clinch the Central Division title.
Alexander Volkov, the head of the Ukrainian basketball federation, insisted on Tuesday that he believed the 2015 European championship will take place in Ukraine as planned.
The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 25th game in a row, moving to within one game of equalling the National Basketball Association's mark for futility in the league.
Los Angeles Lakers star center Pau Gasol was diagnosed with vertigo on Monday, a day after leaving an NBA victory over Orlando at halftime due to dizziness and nausea.
Russian billionaire businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball franchise, said Monday he was transferring its ownership to Russia.
Jarrett Jack finished with a season-high 31 points and tallied 10 assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-100 win over the New York Knicks.
Eric Bledsoe's layup with 48 seconds left helped lift the Phoenix Suns to a 127-120 come-from-behind win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Hockey games will be cut by 10 minutes to four 15 minute quarters in a bid to step up the sport's fan appeal, the international federation announced.
NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant had 35 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to power the Oklahoma City Thunder over host Cleveland 102-95.
Miami Heat star LeBron James sat out Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics because of back spasms, just the third match this season that the four-time NBA most valuable player has missed.
Ukraine will still host the 2015 European basketball championships, organisers said Wednesday, despite earlier indications that the tournament would be switched due to the tense political situation in the country.
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