Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Reggie Jackson added 19 points off the bench on five 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the slumping Charlotte Hornets their fourth loss in the last five games, 113-90 on Thursday night. Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who are jockeying for playoff position in the Western Conference. The Clippers (47-23) remain in third place, one game ahead of the Denver Nuggets with two games remaining.
Charlotte Hornets (33-37, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (39-31, sixth in the Eastern Conference) New York; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte heads into the matchup with New York as losers of three games in a row. The Knicks are 23-17 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Devin Booker made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left as the Phoenix Suns edged the Portland Trail Blazers 118-117 on Thursday night. Thursday night's best plays & performances Updated NBA standings Portland Trail Blazers 117 - 118 Phoenix Suns Chris Paul recorded 26 points and seven assists and Mikal Bridges added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns (49-21), who moved one game behind the Utah Jazz in the battle for the Western Conference's top seed.