Published April 17, 2014
New York, NY – Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley corralled a Monta Ellis miss with seven seconds remaining in overtime and took off the other way. Like a running back, he put his head down, tried to split four Mavericks on a drive to the basket and drew a foul. Conley hit the subsequent free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 106-105 win over Dallas that clinched them the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Following a Dallas timeout, Ellis, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, hit the back of the rim on a jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer. Memphis (50-32), which began the season 13-17 while dealing with a plethora of injuries, finished 37-15 and will face the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. The Grizzlies knocked off the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals last season before getting swept by San Antonio in the West Finals. Zach Randolph had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol tallied 19 points, nine boards and nine assists and Conley added 22 points and five helpers in the triumph. Dallas (49-33), meanwhile, will clash with their in-state rival Spurs in the first round. Dirk Nowitzki netted a game- high 30 points in defeat.
Final Score: Charlotte 91, Chicago 86 (OT)
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker filled the stat sheet with 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 91-86 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls in the regular season finale for both teams. Walker poured in eight points in the extra frame, surpassing the six points that Chicago scored, while the Bulls shot 2-for-10 from the field in overtime. Chris Douglas-Roberts netted 13 -- 12 of which came in the fourth -- and Gerald Henderson had 11 points and six rebounds for the Bobcats (43-39), who earned the seventh seed and will face the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Al Jefferson had 10 points and 18 rebounds. Charlotte won 11 of 13 to close out the regular season, however, the Bobcats have lost 16 straight regular season matchups against Miami, who they'll face for the first time ever in the playoffs. D.J. Augustin netted 17, and Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah added 14 points apiece, with 11 and 13 rebounds, respectively, for the Bulls (48-34), who took the No. 4 seed and will face the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs, starting Sunday night.
Final Score: New York 95, Toronto 92
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - With J.R. Smith's 30 points leading the way, the New York Knicks wrapped up a disappointing 2013-14 season on a high note by rallying for a 95-92 victory over the playoff-bound Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks (37-45) overcame a 21-point first-half deficit to close out the campaign with their fourth straight win, though the Atlantic Division champion Raptors rested their regulars for most of the final two quarters after learning they clinched the Eastern Conference's third seed with Chicago's loss to Charlotte. Toronto (48-34) will take on Brooklyn in the opening round. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points for New York and Cole Aldrich posted 13 points and 16 rebounds, with his bucket with 1:23 remaining snapping a 90-90 deadlock. Kyle Lowry tallied 22 points and five assists in just 26 minutes for the Raptors, with Greivis Vasquez scoring 13 points and Nando De Colo 12 in the loss.
Final Score: Washington 118, Boston 102
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bradley Beal scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Washington Wizards cruised to a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday to clinch the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Wizards (44-38) won their last four games of the regular season for their best record in nine years and will face the Chicago Bulls on the road Sunday in their first playoff game in six years. The Celtics (25-57) went 3-16 in their last 19 games to finish with their worst record since going 24-58 in 2006-07, the season before they added Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and won the team's first NBA championship in 22 years.
Final Score: Cleveland 114, Brooklyn 85
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets sat all of their starters and some key reserves in a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets entered Wednesday's action as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, but dropped to No. 6 with the loss and Washington's win over Boston. Brooklyn will begin the postseason at Toronto on Saturday. Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Shaun Livingston. Andray Blatche ended with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets (44-38), who enter the postseason with just one win in their last five games. Marcus Thornton added 20 points. Tyler Zeller had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers (33-49), who snapped a two-game skid to end the season. Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving tallied 19 and 15 points, respectively.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 112, Detroit 111
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder had one lead in the fourth quarter. Lucky for them, it was the last one -- clinching them the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Kevin Durant's driving dunk with 16.5 seconds remaining sent the Thunder to a regular season-ending 112-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night and a first-round playoff matchup with Memphis. Durant, one possession after he couldn't get an easy putback to fall, drove past Kyle Singler on the left side for the two-handed slam and Oklahoma City's first lead since there were eight minutes left in the third quarter. At the other end, Thabo Sefolosha stripped Jonas Jerebko, leading to a wild scramble and ultimately a jump ball that Detroit won. Greg Monroe tipped it back to Brandon Jennings, who hit the rim with an off-balance 3-point try at the buzzer. Durant got 29 of his 42 points in the second half, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and wrapped up his fourth NBA scoring title in the last five years. Russell Westbrook added 22 points, Reggie Jackson scored 15 off the bench and Serge Ibaka had 10 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks. The Thunder (59-23) snapped a two-game losing streak, winning the No. 2 seed over the Los Angeles Clippers on the last day of the season. They went 3-1 against the Grizzlies this season after losing to them in the conference semifinals last year. The series starts Saturday.
Final Score: Indiana 101, Orlando 86
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a regular season-ending 101-86 win over the Orlando Magic. Evan Turner chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Pacers (56-26), who finished with the best record in the East and will have home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs. The Central Division champions will start the playoffs against Atlanta in a rematch of last year's first-round series, won in six games by the Pacers. The teams split this season's four-game series. The postseason set begins Saturday night in Indianapolis. Lavoy Allen ended with 12 points and 11 boards for the Pacers, who rested regular starters David West, Paul George and Lance Stephenson. Donald Sloan tallied 13 points in a reserve role. Mo Harkless had 14 points to pace the Magic (23-59), who lost their final four games and finished with the third-worst record in the league.
Final Score: Philadelphia 100, Miami 87
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers started the season with a win over the Miami Heat and ended the campaign in the same fashion. What happened in between the other 80 games defined a major difference between the two teams. Thaddeus Young had 20 points and nine rebounds in Philadelphia's 100-87 triumph over the Heat in the regular season finale Wednesday night. The Sixers (19-63), who began the campaign with a 114-110 win at home over the Heat on Oct. 30, suffered through a NBA record-tying 26- game losing streak this season. Miami (54-28), the Southeast Division winners, rested regular starters LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Mario Chalmers. Dwyane Wade started and had 16 points. The two-time defending NBA champions finished second in the East behind Indiana, and will take on the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the playoffs. The Heat have won 16 in a row during the regular season versus the Bobcats and will face them for the first time in the playoffs, beginning Sunday afternoon.
Final Score: New Orleans 105, Houston 100
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists as the New Orleans Pelicans ended their season on a high note with a 105-100 win over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Evans, who also grabbed six rebounds, was coming off the best game of his career when he went for 41 points, nine boards and eight assists in a win over Oklahoma City on Monday. Austin Rivers, who was ejected from the Thunder win following a second-quarter altercation with Nick Collison, donated 18 points and eight assists for the Pelicans. Anthony Morrow had 15 points off the bench. The Pelicans (34-48) won their final two games after dropping eight straight. Houston had already locked up the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and rested starters James Harden and Chandler Parsons for this one. Troy Daniels paced the Rockets with a career-high 22 points in his first start of the season. The Rockets (54-28) will host the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round of the playoffs.
Final Score: Portland 110, LA Clippers 104
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Will Barton dropped in a career-high 23 points as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-104, on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams. The Blazers played their usual starters, minus LaMarcus Alrdridge, for about a quarter each. Robin Lopez, who saw the most time at just over 14 minutes, recorded 15 points with nine rebounds. C.J. McCollum and Victor Claver each contributed 12 points in the win. Portland (54-28) was locked in the fifth spot in the Western Conference and will travel to Houston for its first-round matchup on Sunday. Jamal Crawford led all scorers with 34 points in the setback, while Darren Collison and Matt Barnes added 19 points apiece for the Clippers. LA had a slim chance to lock up the No. 2 seed in the West, but needed lowly Detroit to defeat Oklahoma City earlier in the night. The Pistons gave it a good effort, but eventually fell 112-111. Los Angeles (57-25) will settle for the No. 3 seed and host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The Clippers were without Blake Griffin, JJ Redick and Chris Paul. Griffin was suspended for the game because he picked up his 16th technical foul of the season on Tuesday, while Redick and Paul were held out to rest.
Final Score: Atlanta 111, Milwaukee 103
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Scott scored 17 points to help the Atlanta Hawks in a 111-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Mike Muscala registered a career-high 15 points, Cartier Martin tallied 14 and DeMarre Carroll added 13 in the win. Atlanta (38-44) rested Paul Millsap in preparation for its upcoming playoff matchup with Indiana, the Eastern Conference's top team, starting on Saturday. The Bucks (15-67), meanwhile, put a close on their worst season in franchise history with another loss, their 17th in the last 19 chances to close out the string. Brandon Knight led all scored with 31 points and John Henson posted 19 points with five rebounds in the setback. Milwaukee announced earlier in the day that owner Herb Kohl has agreed to sell the franchise. Kohl has sold the team to investors Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for approximately $550 million, which still must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors.
Final Score: LA Lakers 113, San Antonio 100
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Hill recorded game highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers downed the resting San Antonio Spurs, 113-100, in the regular season finale for both teams. San Antonio (62-20) had already wrapped up the best record in the NBA and will open up the playoffs against the Mavericks on Sunday, while the Lakers (27-55) ended their forgettable season with the most losses in franchise history and a second-to-last finish in the Western Conference. Nick Young was one of eight Lakers who scored in double digits, filling it up for 16 points on 6- of-12 shooting. Kawhi Leonard paced San Antonio with 14 points. Spurs star Tim Duncan sat out the entire game, and All-Star guard Tony Parker watched from the bench in the second half.
Final Score: Golden State 116, Denver 112
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Crawford netted a career-best 41 points and the Golden State Warriors will head into the postseason with momentum following a 116-112 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Crawford shot 16-of-28 and finished with the most points by a Warriors reserve in 40 years. Harrison Barnes also went for a career-high, pouring in 30 points to help Golden State split the season series with Denver at two games apiece. With starters Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and David Lee resting and Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) out with an injury, seldom-used Hilton Armstrong recorded a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double and Steve Blake flirted with a triple-double, recording eight points, seven boards and 10 assists. Golden State (51-31) earned the No. 6 seed in the West and will take on the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. Randy Foye led Denver (36-46) with 31 points and eight assists, and Anthony Randolph scored 19 points off the bench.
Final Score: Phoenix 104, Sacramento 99
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns surpassed all their preseason projections. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to earn a playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference. Archie Goodwin had a career-high 29 points off the bench and the Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings, 104-99, on Wednesday night in the season finale for both teams. Marcus Morris tallied 22 points and six rebounds, while twin brother Markieff added 15 points for the Suns (48-34), whose record tied the 2008 Golden State Warriors for a team that did not reach the postseason in the 16-team playoff era. The best team to not make the playoffs was the 1971-72 Suns, who went 49-33, but only the top four teams from each conference qualified. Phoenix, which went 25-57 a year ago, snapped a three-game skid. Ben McLemore netted a game-high 31 points for Sacramento (28-54), which closed the year by dropping six of its last seven.
Final Score: Utah 136, Minnesota 130 (2-OT)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Trey Burke tallied 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, helping the Utah Jazz to a 136-130 double- overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the regular season finales for both teams. Gordon Hayward totaled 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and Derrick Favors had 21 points and 12 boards for the Jazz (25-57), who snapped a five-game skid. Jeremy Evans added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Alec Burks and Richard Jefferson contributed 11 points apiece. Kevin Martin had a game-high 36 points and Kevin Love put up 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the T'Wolves (40-42), who lost five of seven to end the season. Ricky Rubio netted 14 and dished six helpers in defeat.