5 Takeaways from Thursday Night's Action in the NBA

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5 Takeaways from Thursday Night's Action in the NBA
Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday's thin slate of NBA action turned out to be a bit of a referendum on the top of the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat had their mettle tested out west by the plucky Portland Trail Blazers, but only after the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers slugged it out in a battle with implications for postseason seeding.

Not that all was necessarily quiet on the Western front. The Blazers shocked the Heat to continue their own surprising climb into the Western Conference playoff picture. A little ways south, the Dallas Mavericks avoided the embarrassment of an 11th straight overtime loss against the Sacramento Kings, who saw another eruption of Mount DeMarcus in the end.

Still, the story of the night has to be the top of the East, which is on the verge of a shakeup if current trends hold for much longer.

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