Battle for final playoff spot…NBA east race…NHL action

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder is just a half-game ahead of New Orleans as the two sides fight for the NBA’s Final Western Conference playoff berth. Anthony Davis delivered 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans knocked off Sacramento, 101-95. Jeff Green scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 19 as Grizzlies beat Oklahoma City 100-92, putting the Grizzlies back in a tie with Houston for second in the West.

UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets remain in sole possession of seventh in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, one game ahead of Miami and 1 ½ games in front of Boston. Deron Williams scored a season-high 31 points and Thaddeus Young hit the tiebreaking bucket with 22 seconds left to send the Nets to their season-high sixth consecutive win, 114-109 against Toronto. Ersan Ilyasova (eel-yah-SOH’-vah) contributed 11 of his 17 points in an 18-2 spurt that carried Milwaukee past the Celtics, 110-101.

UNDATED (AP) — Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL’) notched his 50th double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds in Chicago’s 88-82 triumph against Detroit. Jimmy Butler’s 18 points helped the Bulls move ahead of Toronto for third place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators now share the NHL’s Central Division lead with St. Louis, one point ahead of Chicago after the Blues and Blackhawks won. Jaden Schwartz notched his second career hat trick and the Blues scored the last four goals in a 7-5 comeback against Dallas. Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored the tying and winning goals in the last two minutes of the Hawks’ 4-3 comeback against the Sabres.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks still lead the Western Conference by four points following their 4-2 loss to Colorado. Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) snapped a 2-2 tie midway through the third period as the Avalanche ended the Ducks’ four-game winning streak. Anaheim continues to own a two-point lead over the New York Rangers in the President’s Trophy race, but the Rangers have three games in hand.