It was not only a top-4 matchup on Wednesday night, but also a battle for first place in the Big 12 Conference. Josh Jackson finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, as the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks got past the second-ranked Baylor Bears, 73-68. Kansas takes a one-game lead on the Bears, as they aim for their 13th straight Big 12 championship. They have now won 51 in a row at home, including nine against Baylor, who has never won there. Frank Mason III added 19 points for Kansas, who also pulls into a tie with Baylor at 20-2 overall. The Jayhawks led by three late and played impressively tight defense to prevent the Bears from getting any type of shot up. Jonathan Motley had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss for the No. 2 team.
Thomas Clutch Yet Again in Big Celtics Win
Isaiah Thomas cannot be stopped at this point for the Boston Celtics, as he had yet another huge fourth quarter in a Boston win. Thomas had 19 of his 44 points come in the final frame, leading the Celtics past the Toronto Raptors, 109-104. The win keeps Boston ahead of Toronto for second in the Eastern Conference, now holding a game and a half lead. The Celtics' clutch star had 24 in the fourth on Monday in a win over the Pistons, and now has four games this season with at least 20 points in the final quarter. He had 18 of the Celtics' final 23 points, while Jae Crowder totaled 14, and Al Horford 11. Boston has now won five in a row, as Toronto falls on the back end of a back-to-back. Kyle Lowry had 32 points a night after putting up the game-winner in overtime.
Heat Roll For Ninth Straight Win
A couple weeks ago, nobody counted the Miami Heat as any type of threat in the Eastern Conference, but plenty has changed since then. The Heat took care of a tough Atlanta Hawks team with ease Wednesday night, 116-93, to record their ninth consecutive victory. Goran Dragic had 27 points, while Dion Waiters chipped in with 20 in the win, as they extended the NBA's longest current win streak. It is also the Heat's best win streak since winning 10 in a row with LeBron James in 2013. They matched their largest win margin of the season, as they can enjoy a favorable schedule, which includes six straight against teams with losing records. Hassan Whiteside had 18 points and 18 rebounds, as his Miami team now sits just three games out of a playoff spot at 20-30. Kent Bazemore had 14 and Dennis Schroder added 12 for the 28-21 Hawks.