Brook Lopez had 32 points and nine rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 106-96 on Monday.
Deron Williams posted 24 points and 10 assists and Thaddeus Young added 20 points for the Nets, who have won seven of their last eight games.
Brooklyn is a game ahead of Boston for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
Damian Lillard netted 36 points and Meyers Leonard supplied 17 points and 15 rebounds for Portland, which had won six of its last seven contests coming in.
The Blazers are two games behind Memphis for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.