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OREGON—The NBA regular sea-
son came to a close on Wednesday
with the Los Angeles Clippers suf-
fering a 110–104 loss at Portland
and missing out on the chance to
secure the No 2 seed in the Western
The Clippers missed out when
Oklahoma City beat Detroit earlier
in the day, and had to settle for third
seed and a first-round playoff series
against Golden State.
Among other games, Memphis
snatched the No7 seed in the West-
ern Conference away from Dallas by
beating the Mavericks by a point in
a thrilling overtime contest, Charlotte
also had an overtime win, beating
Chicago in a clash of playoff-bound
teams, and the Los Angeles Lakers
ended their dismal season on a high
by beating a second-string San
Portland’s Will Barton had a
career-high 23 points and ten
rebounds as the Trail Blazers won
their fifth-straight game while rest-
ing LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland will
play Houston in the first round of
Jamal Crawford scored 34 points
for the Clippers, who didn’t play
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Memphis’ Mike Conley hit two
free throws with 1.1 seconds left in
overtime to give the Grizzlies a vital
106–105 win over Dallas.
Dallas had one last shot, but
Monta Ellis missed from the top of
the key. That meant the Mavericks
finished with the No 8 seed and will
have to face state rival San Antonio
in the first round of the playoffs,
knowing they have lost their past
nine games against the Spurs.
Memphis, which set a franchise
record with a 14th straight home
win in a single season, will open the
postseason at Oklahoma City.
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker scored
eight of his 22 points in overtime to
guide the Bobcats to a 91–86 win
Al Jefferson added ten points and
18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris
Douglas-Roberts finished with 13
points after being held scoreless for
the first three quarters.
Joakim Noah finished with 14
points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls.
The Lakers ended their worst sea-
son since moving to Los Angeles by
winning 113–100 at San Antonio.
Jordan Hill had 18 points and 14
rebounds and Nick Young scored 16
points for Los Angeles, which is
preparing for a radical shake-up of
its personnel in the offseason.
Kawhi Leonard had 14 points to
lead San Antonio, which did not
have anyone play more than 27 min-
utes. The Spurs had an opportunity
to match a club record 63 wins, but
opted to rest in preparation for
defense of their conference title.
Oklahoma City wrapped up the
No 2 seed in the West by edging
Detroit 112–111, with Kevin Durant
scoring 42 points, including 21 in
the fourth quarter.
The Thunder had lost their pre-
vious two games, putting them in a
must-win situation in the regular-
season finale to earn the No 2 seed.
Durant brought the Thunder back
while recording his 14th 40-point
game of the season. Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high
30 points for the Pistons.
New Orleans closed a difficult
season with a crowd-pleasing 105-
100 win over Houston, with Tyreke
Evans having 25 points and ten
Austin Rivers added 18 points for
the Pelicans, who shot 52.4 per cent.
Houston’s Troy Daniels hit six 3s
and finished with 22 points for the
playoff-bound Rockets, which rested
James Harden, Chandler Parsons
and Jeremy Lin.
Golden State’s backups still proved
too strong for Denver, winning 116-
112 on the road.
Jordan Crawford scored a career-
high 41 points and Harrison Barnes
added 30 for the Warriors.
Randy Foye led Denver with 32
New York finished its disappoint-
ing season with a victory as Toronto
blew a 21-point lead and lost 95-92
but still earned the No 3 seed in the
Eastern Conference playoffs.
Toronto will host the Brooklyn
Nets, who fell to the No 6 seed, in
its playoff opener.
Cole Aldrich made the tiebreaking
dunk with 1:23 left for the Knicks,
who won their final four games while
JR Smith scored 30 points.
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points in 26
minutes for the Raptors.
Eastern Conference top seed Indi-
ana rested key players yet still cruised
to a 101–86 win at Orlando.
Brooklyn lost 114–85 at Cleveland
in its final game, dropping to No.6
in the East, after resting Kevin Gar-
nett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron
Williams and Shaun Livingston.
Phoenix’s Archie Goodwin scored
12 of his career-high 29 points in
the fourth quarter to lead the Suns
to a 104–99 win over Sacramento.
Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young
scored 20 points as the 76ers won
100–87 against a second-string
Washington moved above Brook-
lyn to take the No 5 seed in the East
by winning 118–102 at Boston, with
Bradley Beal scoring 27 points.
Utah’s Trey Burke scored a career-
high 32 points to go with nine assists
and seven rebounds as the Jazz beat
Minnesota 136–130 in double over-
time, with the Jazz avoiding their
worst record since moving to Utah
35 years ago.
Atlanta Hawks ended the regular
season with a 111–103 win over Mil-
waukee, hours after Bucks owner
Herb Kohl announced he was selling
his team. (AP)
Clippers miss out on No 2 seed in West
Portland Trail Blazers guard Will
Barton, left, is fouled from behind by
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt
Barnes, behind Barton, as Los
Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis
defends at right during the second
half of an NBA basketball game in
Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday.
Barton led the Trail Blazers in
scoring with 23 points as they beat
the Clippers 110–104. AP PHOTO
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