NBA Standings: Cavaliers Increase Lead Over Celtics After Win, Spurs Close Gap on Warriors

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 03/20/17 01:31AM EDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers are back to their winning ways after getting blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. The Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday to increase their lead over the Boston Celtics in the NBA standings in the Eastern Conference.

On the other hand, the San Antonio Spurs closed the gap on the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA standings. The Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings to move two games behind the Warriors.

Cavaliers Beat Lakers, Increase Lead Over Celtics

The Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on Saturday against the Clippers and they were blown out of the Staples Center. The Cavs "Big 3" all played the next night to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 125-120 in a surprisingly competitive match.

Irving exploded for 46 points while James put up 34 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Love was limited to just 25 minutes, but he was able to get a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds. No other Cavs player scored in double figures besides their "Big 3".

D'Angelo Russell had 40 points for the Lakers, but it was not enough to pull off the upset. The Lakers have the second-worst record in the NBA standings, while the Cavaliers have a two and a half game lead over the Celtics in the East.

Spurs Defeat Kings to Close Gap on Warriors

The Spurs are now just two games behind the Warriors for the top spot in the NBA standings in the West. They hosted and defeated the Kings on Sunday, 118-102, at the AT&T Center. Kawhi Leonard had a very bad game, as he only posted 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

However, six more Spurs players scored in double figures led by Pau Gasol with 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Tony Parker put up 16 points and seven assists.

Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein both scored 18 points for the Kings. The Spurs are not in pursuit of the best record in the NBA but they can still catch the Warriors, especially if Kevin Durant misses the rest of the regular season.

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