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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

In a matchup of the top two contenders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the visiting Denver Nuggets 122-113 Tuesday to claim the head-to-head tiebreaker with a 3-1 series victory. Former Denver center Jusuf Nurkic battered his former team for a career-high 33 points and 15 rebounds and CJ McCollum scored 39 as Portland took a one-game lead in the standings.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Philadelphia's win over Brooklyn leaves the Knicks (28-46) and Sixers in a tie for the NBA's 5th-worst record. Both teams are a game 'behind' Orlando (27-47) in the tanking standings.

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The Warriors are the 2nd team with 200 wins in a 3-season span, joining the 1995-98 Bulls (203) (via Elias Sports Bureau).

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

A win tonight was crucial to Denver's playoff hopes given Portland's home-heavy schedule. The Blazers came into the game the heavy favorites in FiveThirtyEight's projections, earning the eighth seed in 83 percent of simulations. Down 10 with three minutes left, the Nuggets will need a huge comeback to win.

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Heat center Hassan Whiteside had the team's first game-winning buzzer-beating shot since LeBron James had one in Game 1 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers.

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The Warriors are the 5th team in NBA history to win 60 games in 3 straight seasons, the first since the 1995-98 Bulls.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

As much as it feels like Portland is in control of this game at home, Denver trails by just six points with 4:51 remaining.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

CJ McCollum's great game has been overshadowed by Jusuf Nurkic's career-high 29 points. McCollum now has 35 on 14-of-22 shooting. Blazers 107-96.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Portland has opened up a 95-85 lead heading to the fourth thanks to (gasp!) defense. The Blazers held Denver to 34.8 percent shooting in the third.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Stotts narrowly avoided a technical foul after voicing his displeasure with Courtney Kirkland during the timeout. Stotts is presumably still upset at back-to-back charges on Jusuf Nurkic.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green says Oakland fans should boycott the Raiders for the next three years. "No way I would pay to attend a game."

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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

After 14 ties and seven lead changes, the Blazers have opened up their biggest lead over Denver at 81-76. Jusuf Nurkic (27 points, 12 boards) has a double-double.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden spoke with reporters as his left wrist was wrapped. He said it was tough to shoot and dismissed any notion of reduced minutes or sitting out a game. "Ice, treatment, get ready to go," he said.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors beat Rockets 113-106. The ViewFromVegas is Golden State was a 1-point road underdog. The upset also improved 'dogs to 6-0 ATS so far tonight with two games in progress.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The first half of Nuggets-Blazers delivered all the excitement and offensive fireworks we expected. Portland leads 66-64 at the break behind 21 points and eight boards from Jusuf Nurkic and 20 from CJ McCollum. Meanwhile, Denver's Nikola Jokic is halfway to a triple-double with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green on Kevin Durant: "I think he's coming along amazing. I saw him working out earlier and I got excited."

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

After trailing by as many as seven early in the second quarter, the Blazers have taken a 56-52 lead with a 10-0 run capped by a Damian Lillard 3.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green: "Just ice and treatment and I'll be ready to go."

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden was in the locker room with his left wrist wrapped in ice.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni said making the adjustments to the Warriors is like going from seeing minor league fastballs to big league ones.