The Portland Trail Blazers picked a really good time to become one of the NBA's hottest teams. The Trail Blazers will look to record their sixth straight win and 10th in the past 11 games when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Portland (41-29) and the Dallas Mavericks share the fifth-best record in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers just one game behind.
James Harden came off the bench in his first game in over a month and flirted with a triple-double in the Nets' win over the Spurs.
Two teams that found themselves very interested in Wednesday's matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets will get a turn to take matters into their own hands when the Sacramento Kings visit the Memphis Grizzlies in the first of back-to-back games Thursday night. The Kings (31-38) remained alive in the West when the Spurs (33-36) were beaten 128-116 by the Nets. Sacramento must sweep its two remaining games against Memphis and also Sunday's regular-season finale at home against Utah to have a chance to tie San Antonio for the 10th spot in the conference.