Saturday night's NBA action went a long way toward setting up the season's impending playoff drive. The Utah Jazz headed in the wrong direction, the Denver Nuggets put the pedal down as only they can, and the Phoenix Suns served as a speed bump for the Houston Rockets.
Teams aside, there were some big individual performances that helped a few players stand out on the NBA map, too. Anthony Davis flirted with a 20-20 night, John Wall did something he had done only once all season, and the Milwaukee Bucks backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings blitzed the Golden State Warriors.
And guess what, the idle L.A. Lakers benefited from almost everything that took place.
Buckle up as we cruise through a slate of games that'll help determine which clubs are on the road to playoff success and which ones are headed in for repairs.