Angeles team proved to MTnba2k be too much to overcome, however.The Clippers have now won eight in a row, although it's worth noting all of those wins have come against below-.500 teams. The Blazers have lost three of their past four and now sit two games behind the Jazz for the final playoff spot in the
Western Conference.2 other things from Monday nightStreaky Knicks showing signs of lifeNew York has been one of the more entertaining teams of the year thanks to Kristaps Porzingis. Now the Knicks are actually starting to win some games, too, including a 98-90 road victory over the Heat on Wednesday. That's four wins in five games for the team, all against opponents with winning records. Carmelo Anthony is taking the next step in his evolution and proved that again by efficiently scoring 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the win.
Porzingis got dunked on a bunch but still managed 12 points. New York shot 56 percent as a team. The only problem is consistency. The Knicks have won two-plus consecutive games on five different occasions this season. They've also had three different four-game losing streaks since late November. For an improving team, stability hasn't been its strong suit.Orlando looking ordinary again.
The Magic's big turnaround under coach Scott Skiles has gone on pause after a 95-86 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday. Orlando has now lost four in a row and fallen out of the early playoff picture with a 19-17 record. Skiles' work in improving the Magic on the defensive end has gotten a lot of praise, but it'll take better efforts than the one on display against Indiana to reach the postseason.
The Magic have now been outscored by NBA Live Mobile Coins 20 points per 100 possessions over their past four games, per NBA.com. The team clearly misses point guard Elfrid Payton, a solid defender who's been sidelined by an ankle injury the past two games, and will need him healthy in order to get back on track. Orlando may be an up-and-comer, but the success is still fragile.Play of the nightIt's a good thing the Knicks came away victorious because otherwise this would've been a night to forget for Kristaps Porzingis.