NBA scores, highlights, updates: 76ers battle Bucks, Pistons host Raptors in potential playoff preview
Eight games of action make up the NBA’s Sunday slate, highlighted by two match-ups between playoff teams in the Eastern Conference.
First, the Milwaukee Bucks will host the Philadelphia 76ers in a battle of two teams with Finals aspirations. Entering the match-up, the Bucks control the top seed in the East, while the Sixers sit third. The meeting between the two teams is the second of the season, as the Bucks won the first one back in October. There is no shortage of star power in this game, as MVP candidates GIannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid will both get a chance to show their stuff.
Then, the sixth-seeded Detroit Pistons host the second-seeded Toronto Raptors in a potential playoff preview. Entering Sunday’s games, the Pistons held just a half-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets for the sixth spot in the East, so there’s a decent chance that they drop back to seventh before all is said and done, which would set up a first round match-up with the Raptors, as they are basically locked into the second spot.
NBA schedule for Sunday, March 17
*All times Eastern
Hezonja blocks LeBron to seal a win for the Knicks
The Knicks stormed back in the fourth quarter to pick up a 124-123 win over the Lakers and it was Mario Hezonja who came up with the big play on the defensive end to seal the victory as he blocked LeBron James in the closing seconds of regulation.
LeBron goes off for 33 points at MSG
While it came in a losing effort, LeBron James put on a show for the fans in attendance in New York on Sunday as he lit up the scoreboard for a game-high 33 points in the Lakers’ 124-123 loss to the Knicks.
Wade leads the Heat to victory over Hornets
While he was initially listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report leading up to the game, Wade suited up and provided the Heat with the boost they needed off of the bench in order to take down their Southeast Division rival by pouring in 17 points.