Luka Doncic recorded his 11th triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Toronto Raptors 114-110 to clinch a playoff berth.
After calling up to 19 points about four minutes into the third quarter, Toronto closed the lead to just six points in the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to Toronto that closed in the third and fourth periods.
The Raptors reduced the deficit to three points with 2:59 left in the game when rookie Malachi Flynn knocked down one of his three three-pointers en route to a season-high 26 points.
Josh Richardson scored four of his 10 points with free throws in the final 10 seconds, which was essential for Dallas to delay the Toronto rally.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavericks with 21 points and caught 10 rebounds.
Friday night NBA results
|Cleveland Cavaliers 105-120 Washington Wizards|
|Denver Nuggets 104-91 Detroit Pistons|
|Utah Jazz 109-93 Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Orlando Magic 97-122 Philadelphia 76ers|
|Sacramento Kings 106-107 Memphis Grizzlies|
|LA Clippers 115-122 Houston Rockets|
|Toronto Raptors 110-114 Dallas Mavericks|
|New Orleans Pelicans 122-125 Golden State Warriors|
Orlando Magic 97-122 Philadelphia 76ers
Seth Curry scored 20 points, Shake Milton added 15 as Philadelphia clinched the seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race with the victory over the under-licensed Magic.
Joel Embiid contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds while Ben Simmons had 13 points and nine assists for the Sixers (48-23), who will end the 72-game regular season with another game against the Magic on Sunday before the playoffs begin. playoffs.
The Sixers improved to 28-7 at home.
Ignas Brazdeikis led the Magic (21-50) with a career record 21 points while RJ Hampton added 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Chasson Randle also scored 12 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers 105-120 Washington Wizards
Russell Westbrook added to his NBA triple-double record with the 183rd of his career, helping the Wizards secure a berth in the Eastern Conference play-ins round as they stopped the Cavaliers in DC.
Westbrook finished with 21 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds for the Wizards (33-38), who could still finish as high as eighth place in the conference if they beat Charlotte in their final game and Indiana gives up their last two. matches.
Six other players scored in double digits for Washington. Davis Bertans had 17 points, while Rui Hachimura and reserve Robin Lopez each scored 14. Anthony Gill and Daniel Gafford had 12 points each and Ish Smith added 11.
Collin Sexton scored a high 26 points for Cleveland (22-49), but also committed six of his 17 turnovers. Jarrett Allen added 18 points and a better game of 14 rebounds, while Isaac Okoro scored 17 points. Cedi Osman scored 16 and Dean Wade contributed 12 points.
Utah Jazz 109-93 Oklahoma City Thunder
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points to lead the Jazz to a fine road victory over the Thunder.
Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 18 rebounds to help the Jazz (51-20) move closer to first place in the Western Conference.
A Utah win in Sunday’s regular season finals or a loss for Phoenix in one of their last two games – both in San Antonio – would give the Jazz the best record in the NBA.
It would be the first time for Utah to finish as a Western Conference seed since 1997-98. Jazz never ended up with the best record in the NBA.
The Thunder (21-50) lost nine in a row.
Denver Nuggets 104-91 Detroit Pistons
Nikola Jokic recorded a triple-double in under 27 minutes on the court, finishing with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Nuggets to victory over the Pistons.
The Nuggets (47-24) and Clippers (47-24) are tied for third place in the Western Conference after Los Angeles fell to the Rockets. Denver, who won their third straight game, holds the tiebreaker against the Clippers. LA closes the season in Oklahoma City on Sunday. The Nuggets finish Sunday in Portland.
The Pistons’ Hamidou Diallo, who was considered questionable due to pre-game health and safety protocols, had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Jackson finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Markus Howard also had 20 points for Denver while Vlatko Cancar had 11 points. Monte Morris was back after being out of Thursday’s Nuggets game against Minnesota to rest, and he finished with 15 points off the bench.
New Orleans Pelicans 122-125 Golden State Warriors
Jordan Poole capped a career-best 38 point performance by leading for a layup with 21.4 seconds left as the Warriors beat the Pelicans in San Francisco.
The Warriors won a fifth straight to open a six-game home stint at the end of the regular season despite resting Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. The victory allowed the Warriors (38-33) to keep pace with Memphis (38-33), setting up a showdown in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon that will determine eighth and ninth positions in the Conference play-in tournament. Where is.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 30 points, the team’s top, and Naji Marshall posted career highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans (31-40), who were eliminated from the playoff race of the ‘West earlier in the week.
Mychal Mulder has 28 career points for the Warriors.
Sacramento Kings 106-107 Memphis Grizzlies
Justise Winslow scored 25 points, a season-high, and tied her career record 13 rebounds to help the Grizzlies secure a one-point victory over the visiting Kings.
Xavier Tillman contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Killian Tillie added 16 points, a career high as Memphis (38-33) won their fifth straight game. John Konchar scored 15 points as the Grizzlies swept a straight set with the Kings.
Louis King recorded career highs of 27 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento (31-40). Damian Jones posted season highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds, Justin James scored 16 points and Chimezie Metu added 15.
Memphis held a six-point lead with 38 seconds left before the Kings rushed in late. Terence Davis hit a 3-runner with 7.9 seconds left, but saw his last-second 3-point attempt bounce off the glass and rim before failing to go through the rim.
LA Clippers 115-122 Houston Rockets
Kelly Olynyk had 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as the Rockets ended a seven-game losing streak.
The loss brought down the Clippers (47-24) in a tie for fourth in the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets with one game to play.
Seven players scored in double digits for Houston (17-54), which had lost 12 of 13 and 44 of 49.
Jae’Sean Tate scored 20 points, Khyri Thomas 17 points and Anthony Lamb also scored 17 points off the bench for Houston, which ended its season in Atlanta on Sunday.
Luke Kennard scored 23 points, Jay Scrubb scored 17 in his third NBA game and Serge Ibaka came back from a two-month absence with a back injury and scored 15 off the bench in 17 minutes for Los Angeles.
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