The Los Angeles Lakers will have to go through the play-in tournament, while the Utah Jazz finished with the league's best record.
LeBron James had missed 26 of the Los Angeles Lakers' past 28 matches but added 24 points in a vital win on his return.
MLB great Alex Rodriguez and ex-Walmart executive Marc Lore are buying the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.
Giannis Antetokounmpo produced a performance not seen since Charles Barkley in the 1980s as the Milwaukee Bucks won again.
The Los Angeles Lakers are desperate to avoid the play-in tournament and helped their cause with a last-gasp win over the New York Knicks.
Anthony Davis was the hero on Sunday as the New York Knicks topped the Los Angeles Clippers.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 48 points as the Utah Jazz stayed on top in the Western Conference.
Joel Embiid fuelled the streaking Philadelphia 76ers as Russell Westbrook posted another triple-double midweek.
The Indiana Pacers showed no mercy against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Denver Nuggets took down the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin Porter Jr. had 50 points and 11 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a wild victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.