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NBA2K Daily: The season goes on virtually with Tuesday'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

Boston Celtics fans are feeling hatred toward the Los Angeles Lakers, per usual. In hopes that the Western Conference's first-place team could take a game off of the Raptors in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the East, Toronto prevailed to beat Los Angeles and keep a 2.5 game lead over Boston in the standings. Despite a monster game from Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers suffered mightily without star forward Anthony Davis, who missed the game with a bruised knee. Fred VanVleet played like he just had another kid, dropping 32 points.

• The Philadelphia 76ers have jumped the Indiana Pacers for the No. 5 seed in the East with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently avoiding a potential first-round matchup against the Celtics or Raptors. Double-doubles from Joel Embiid (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Ben Simmons (19 points, 11 assists) are to be expected, but a 26-point outburst from Alec Burks was the difference-maker as Philly barely escaped a Karl-Anthony Towns-less Minnesota squad. Hey, the Sixers will take any road win they can get this season.

Top virtual performers

Jordan Clarkson - 31 points, 10-15 FG

Joel Embiid - 25 points, 11 rebounds

LeBron James - 25 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists

Kyle Kuzma - 32 points, 14-20 FG

Damian Lillard - 36 points, 9 assists

D'Angelo Russell - 29 points, 7 assists

Ben Simmons - 19 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds

Fred VanVleet - 32 points, 5 assists

Obscure stat lines

Dillon Brooks - 20 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks. Strictly buckets.

Dwight Howard - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks. Two for me, two for you.

March 24 schedule

Sacramento Kings 101, Cleveland Cavaliers 89

Charlotte Hornets 130, Portland Trail Blazers 116

Toronto Raptors 113, Los Angeles Lakers 105

Memphis Grizzlies 110, New Orleans Pelicans 83

Philadelphia 76ers 124, Minnesota Timberwolves 120

Utah Jazz 127, San Antonio Spurs 121

Updated playoff race

Eastern Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Bucks 58-13 .817 -
2. Raptors 51-19 .729 6.5
3. Celtics 49-22 .690 9.0
4. Heat 44-27 .620 14.0
5. 76ers 42-29 .592 16.0
6. Pacers 41-29 .586 16.5
7. Nets 33-37 .471 24.5
8. Magic 33-38 .465 25.0
- Wizards 25-46 .352 33.0

Western Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Lakers 55-15 .786 -
2. Clippers 48-22 .686 7.0
3. Nuggets 47-24 .662 8.5
4. Thunder 45-26 .634 10.5
5. Rockets 43-27 .614 12.0
6. Jazz 42-29 .597 13.0
7. Mavericks 42-31 .575 14.5
8. Grizzlies 37-35 .514 19.0
- Blazers 34-38 .472 22.0
- Spurs 31-39 .443 24.0
- Kings 31-40 .437 24.5
- Pelicans 30-42 .417 26.0

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