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11 Takeaways from Friday Night's Pivotal NBA Action
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With the regular season winding down, Friday night's NBA action provided some pivotal swings in the playoff races of both conferences.

The San Antonio Spurs got yet another phenomenal performance from Tim Duncan, as they dramatically sent the Los Angeles Clippers down to the fourth spot out West.

The Minnesota Timberwolves got up to some shenanigans in their surprising win over Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. That result helped the Spurs pick up a full game on OKC in the race for the West's No. 1 seed.

Plus, J.R. Smith helped the Knicks move up to the No. 2 position in the East, and the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a crushing blow without even taking the court thanks to the Utah Jazz's third straight win.

Don't worry, though; Friday's games weren't all about playoff positioning. There were plenty of big individual performances from guys like Paul Pierce and Tobias Harris, too.

Oh, and LeBron James had himself a nice little shooting night in New Orleans.

All in all, it was a busy slate full of head-turning box scores and season-altering final results. Pay attention to Friday's takeaways; you'll want to be fully apprised of all the changes in the standings before tomorrow's action shakes everything up all over again.

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