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NBA2K Daily: The season goes on virtually with Friday's NBA schedule simulated on NBA 2K20

With the regular season suspended indefinitely, we're left without our daily NBA fix. In order to try and fill that vacancy in your life, we're here to give you a simulated version of the real NBA schedule on NBA 2K20 each day!

With the rest of last week unaccounted for, we're picking things up this week with daily updates to follow.

Below, we have you covered with today's schedule, top performers, obscure stat lines, key results, other news and an updated playoff picture!

Key wins, losses, upsets

• The Boston Celtics came up with a massive win over the Toronto Raptors to keep their hopes for the No. 2 seed alive as Jayson Tatum continued his mission to prove he's the second-best player in the East. Kyle Lowry only played 16 minutes in one of the biggest contests of the season, so head coach Nick Nurse has some explaining to do. Boston is just 3.5 games back from the second seed with 13 games remaining.

• The Indiana Pacers are making a push for home court advantage in the first round, topping the Miami Heat behind an "I'm back" performance from Victor Oladipo. Indy is just two games back from the No. 4 seed in the East, trying to make an improbable late push now that their All-Star guard is forming back into shape.

• The Nuggets had their chance to tie things up for the No. 2 seed in the West with the LA Clippers shockingly falling to the Phoenix Suns, but Denver couldn't take care of business against the feisty Oklahoma City Thunder. Dennis Schroder boosted his Sixth Man of the Year case in a back-and-forth battle with Nikola Jokic - not exactly the title fight you would've expected in this matchup - while Devin Booker dropped 40 on LA, leaving Patrick Beverley with no trash to talk after the game.

Top virtual performers

Devin Booker - 40 points, 8 assists

Stephen Curry - 28 points, 13 assists

Nikola Jokic - 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists

Kawhi Leonard - 30 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists

Victor Oladipo - 32 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Dennis Schroder - 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists

Jayson Tatum - 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists

Obscure stat lines

Jaylen Brown - 7 steals. Grand Theft Toronto.

Kyle Lowry - 16 minutes. Again, Nick Nurse has some explaining to do.

Montrezl Harrell - 12 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. First career triple-double for Trez. Do virtual stats show up on Basketball-Reference?

March 20 schedule

Golden State Warriors 120, Detroit Pistons 110

Indiana Pacers 114, Miami Heat 109

Atlanta Hawks 110, Washington Wizards 92

Boston Celtics 129, Toronto Raptors 123

Oklahoma City Thunder 128, Denver Nuggets 125

San Antonio Spurs 121, Chicago Bulls 101

Utah Jazz 117, Minnesota Timberwolves 111

Phoenix Suns 125, LA Clippers 124

Updated playoff race

Eastern Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Bucks 56-13 .812 -
2. Raptors 49-19 .721 6.5
3. Celtics 47-22 .681 9.0
4. Heat 44-26 .629 12.5
5. Pacers 41-27 .603 14.5
6. 76ers 40-29 .580 16.0
7. Nets 32-36 .471 23.5
8. Magic 32-37 .464 24.0
- Wizards 25-44 .362 31.0

Western Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Lakers 53-14 .791 -
2. Clippers 47-22 .681 7.0
3. Nuggets 46-23 .667 8.0
4. Thunder 44-26 .629 10.5
5. Rockets 42-26 .618 11.5
6. Jazz 42-28 .600 12.5
7. Mavericks 41-30 .577 14.0
8. Grizzlies 35-35 .500 19.5
- Blazers 33-37 .471 21.5
- Spurs 30-38 .441 23.5
- Pelicans 30-39 .435 24.0
- Kings 29-39 .426 24.5

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