Damian Lillard guided the Portland Trail Blazers to a play-in clash against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the Milwaukee Bucks' last game before the playoffs.
A career of being on the wrong end of "dirty plays" culminated in Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt on Mo Wagner, the NBA MVP explained.
The Portland Trail Blazers edged the Dallas Mavericks thanks to a stunning display from Damian Lillard.
The Brooklyn Nets beat the Los Angeles Clippers to secure the east's seventh seed, while Damian Lillard inspired the Portland Trail Blazers.
Another even team performance saw the Boston Celtics comprehensively beat the Toronto Raptors.
The Los Angeles Lakers struggled in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA.
The Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons suffered a knee injury on Wednesday.
Anthony Davis posted 42 points and 12 rebounds to inspire the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, while Fred VanVleet celebrated a career high.
Russell Westbrook guided the Houston Rockets past the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA.