Memphis 109, Cleveland 101: The Grizzlies kept the pressure on the Clippers with this victory. Memphis is only 1/2 game back of the Clippers for the 4th seed – and homecourt advantage – in the first round. The Tony Allen fake pass is gold Jerry, gold. Allen had eight steals.
Detroit 97, Indiana 103: The Pacers, locked in as the 3rd seed in the East, sat Granger and Hibbert but still prevailed thanks to 27 points and 10 assists from Paul George.
Philadelphia 105, New Jersey 87: The 76ers qualified for the playoffs with the win. They’re tied with New York for the 7th seed. Before the final game the Nets ever played in New Jersey, the state’s Governor talked about the move. “Good riddance.”
Washington 101, Charlotte 73: Worst. Team. In. NBA. History? Twenty-one losses in a row, and 31 of 34.
San Antonio 124, Portland 89: The Spurs locked up the top seed in the West. San Antonio has won eight in a row, all by double figures. Usually, a team does that, you’re hearing about it. Anyone picking the Spurs in the West?
Toronto 86, Milwaukee 92: The Bucks were eliminated from playoff contention with Philly’s win. It’s back to the lottery for the Bucks, who will probably end up with someone like Jared Sullinger in the draft. Milwaukee is set in the backcourt, but one could argue the other three starting positions are wide open.