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However much they can, the defending Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to try not to play in the play-in competition.
Star forward Anthony Davis tallied42 points and 12 bounce backs to lead the Lakers to a 123-110 win cooling the Phoenix Suns and improve their record to 38-30.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso each contributed 17 markers for the Lakers' third success, positioning No. 7 in the Western Conference, in their last 11 games.
Cameron Payne drove the Suns (48-20) with 24 points and Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges had 21 and 15 markers, separately.
In Boston, the Miami Heat (37-31) fortified their hang on the 6th spot in the East subsequent to asserting a 130-124 defeat of the Celtics (35-33).
In Los Angeles, Derrick Rose scored 25 focuses in a 106-100 defeat of the New York Knicks (38-30) over the Clippers (45-23) and verged on grabbing a season finisher pass toward the Eastern Conference.
In Cleveland, the Dallas Mavericks (40-28) proceeded with their hold on the fifth spot in the Western Conference subsequent to taking a 124-97 win over the Cavaliers (21-47).
In Charlotte, the New Orleans Pelicans (31-37) looked at an opportunity in the play-in competition in the East subsequent to running out of a 112-110 win over the Hornets (33-35).
In Detroit, Nikola Vucevic recorded 29 focuses and 16 bounce backs in the Chicago Bulls' 108-94 success (29-39) over the Pistons (20-49) in the play-in competition.