7 Takeaways from Monday Night's NBA Action

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7 Takeaways from Monday Night's NBA Action
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Monday night's frenetic five-game schedule featured at least one playoff hopeful in each matchup.

Things kicked off in the City of Brotherly Love, where the plummeting Philadelphia 76ers welcomed a hungry Brooklyn Nets team hoping to continue its recent winning ways.

With the Indiana Pacers showing their vulnerability in Miami on Sunday and the New York Knicks feeling the bite of the injury bug, the Nets looked to stake their claim on one of the Eastern Conference's top seeds.

Then the action shifted to Texas, where the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs welcomed the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. One team was missing its starting point guard. By the end of the night, the other might have wished that it had been.

All eyes in Los Angeles Lakers land were glued to Salt Lake City. The Utah Jazz needed a win to keep pace with the surging Lakers, and it attempted to find one without the service of one its top players.

The Denver Nuggets followed the Rocky Mountains south for a showdown with the Phoenix Suns. They found yet another leading man in this game, just bolstering their reputation as a Western Conference postseason nightmare.

The night's final game saw the sputtering Golden State Warriors greet a New York Knicks team playing without Amar'e Stoudemire. Two top performers returned to action (David Lee for the Warriors, Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks), but a third would see his night cut short before this game was finished.

Read on to find out which teams improved their playoff positioning and which took a step in the wrong direction.

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