Post Up: End In Sight

The Spurs finish 40-1 at home and the playoff picture is coming together, with only one night left on the regular season sched.
by April 13, 2016

Pacers 102 (44-37), Knicks 90 (32-50)

Indiana went on a 17-6 run to end the third quarter, and behind 19 points apiece from Paul George and George Hill, the Pacers handed the Knicks their 50th loss of the season. Indy will be the 7th seed in the East and will face Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.

Heat 99 (48-33), Pistons 93 (43-38)

D-Wade didn’t score until 4:14 was left in the first half—the longest he’d taken to score in a game since ’06. He finished with 14 points, and all five Heat starters scored in double figures, led by 25 from Joe Johnson. Miami still has some postseason seeding left to shake out with one more game against Boston. The Pistons, meanwhile, will be the 8-seed and play Cleveland in the first round.

Raptors 122 (55-26), Sixers 98 (10-71)

Toronto’s now beaten Philly 12 straight times—this time thanks to a double-double from Jonas Valanciunas (17 and 11) and 18 points from rookie Norman Powell on a night when the Raps’ All-Star backcourt took it easy in terms of minutes. The highlight of the game, though, came courtesy of Mr. Sauce himself:

Spurs 102 (66-15), Thunder 98 (55-27) OT

OK, so Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka didn’t play. But the Thunder’s B-squad put up a good fight, finally losing steam in overtime. The Spurs finish the season 40-1 at home, tying the best home record in NBA history (originally set by the 1985-86 Celtics) behind a game-high 26 points by Kawhi Leonard.

Clippers 110 (53-28), Grizzlies 84 (42-39)

Chris Paul dished out 13 assists to go with 12 points, Blake Griffin filled the statsheet with 12 points, 7 boards, 4 dimes and 3 steals in just 23 minutes and the Clips shot 55 percent from the field to cruise to an easy win over Memphis.