Pel­i­cans, Nets clinch fi­nal spots


Los Angeles Times - - NBA -

An­thony Davis had 31 points and 13 re­bounds and the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans earned their first play­off berth since 2011 with a 108103 victory Wed­nes­day over the vis­it­ing San An­to­nio Spurs.

Davis, who will make his play­off de­but against Golden State this week­end, came through in the wan­ing min­utes with a pair of clutch jumpers, two blocks and two re­bounds to pre­vent the Spurs from pulling off a 23-point come­back.

New Or­leans and Ok­la­homa City fin­ished with 45-37 records, but the Pel­i­cans held the tiebreaker on head-to-head re­sults. Ok­la­homa City 138, at Min­nesota 113: Rus­sell West­brook scored 37 points, 34 in the first half, to win the scor­ing ti­tle (a 28.1 av­er­age), but the Thun­der was elim­i­nated when the Pel­i­cans won. at Brook­lyn 101, Or­lando 88: Bo­jan Bog­danovic scored a ca­reer-high 28 points against the Magic, and the Nets clinched the fi­nal Eastern Con­fer­ence play­off spot when Mem­phis de­feated In­di­ana a few hours later. at Mem­phis 95, In­di­ana 83: Marc Ga­sol had 33 points and 13 re­bounds and the Grizzlies wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the West while knock­ing the Pac­ers out. at Chicago 91, At­lanta 85: Aaron Brooks scored 23 points and the Bulls ral­lied from 18 down to hand the top-seeded Hawks their third loss in a row. at Dal­las 114, Port­land 98: Tyson Chan­dler had 22 points and 15 re­bounds and the Mav­er­icks won eas­ily while learn­ing they will play Hous­ton in the play­offs. at Hous­ton 117, Utah 91: James Harden had 16 points, 11 re­bounds and 10 as­sists in just three quar­ters for his fourth triple-dou­ble of the sea­son. at Golden State 133, Den­ver 126: Klay Thomp­son scored 25 points in 16 min­utes and the War­riors (67-15) went 39-2 at home. Bos­ton 105, at Mil­wau­kee 100: The Celtics ended the regular sea­son with their sixth straight win. at Toronto 92, Char­lotte 87: Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and the Rap­tors earned their fran­chis­ere­cord 49th victory. at Cleve­land 113, Wash­ing­ton 110 (OT): LeBron James sat out the Cava­liers’ regular-sea­son fi­nale to rest for the play­offs. Miami 105, at Philadel­phia 101: The Heat’s win paired with Brook­lyn’s win meant Miami is all but as­sured of keep­ing its top-10 draft pick. If Miami owns the No. 10 pick or bet­ter af­ter the draft lot­tery, the Heat keeps that se­lec­tion. Detroit 112, at New York 90: Reg­gie Jack­son had 24 points and 11 as­sists and the Pis­tons closed out the sea­son by rout­ing the hap­less Knicks (17-65). Sacra­mento 122, at Lak­ers 99

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