MANILA, Philippines – Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks nailed a playoff berth this early after turning back the Los Angeles Lakers in a 131-120 victory that propped up their record to an NBA-best 48-14 slate.
The Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls, meanwhile, hacked out thrilling wins on the same Friday night, March 1 (Saturday, March 2, Manila time).
Kawhi Leonard knocked in the game-winner with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Raptors over the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-117, while the Chicago Bulls outlasted the Atlanta Hawks in a grueling four-overtime victory, 168-161.
Milwaukee 131, LA Lakers 120 (READ: Bucks drub Lakers to lock up first playoff spot)
Toronto 119, Portland 117 (READ: Clutch Kawhi carries Raptors over Blazers)
Chicago 168, Atlanta 161 (4OT) (READ: LaVine scores 47 as Bulls outlast Hawks in 4OT)
Boston 107, Washington 96
Charlotte 123, Brooklyn 112
LA Clippers 116, Sacramento 109
New Orleans 130, Phoenix 116