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Davis leads Pelicans past Spurs, 108-103 and into playoffs

Davis to make playoff debut after leading Pelicans past Spurs, 108-103

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) and forward Anthony Davis in the ...

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) and forward Anthony Davis in the ...

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans earned their first playoff berth since 2011 with a 108-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Davis, who'll make his playoff debut against Golden State, came through in the waning minutes with two jumpers, two blocks and two rebounds to prevent the Spurs from pulling off a 23-point comeback.

Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon added 14 points for New Orleans, which had to win to make the postseason because Oklahoma City also won in Minnesota. The teams finished with identical records, but the Pelicans held the tiebreaker on head-to-head results.

Jrue Holiday added 11 points, capped by game-sealing free throws with 9.5 seconds left.

Tony Parker had 23 points and Borris Diaw 20 for San Antonio, which needed to win to secure the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The loss ended the Spurs' 11-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 37 points in the Thunder's 138-113 victory over Minnesota that was rendered moot by New Orleans' playoff-clinching win over San Antonio.

The Thunder needed to a win in the regular-season finale and a loss from the Pelicans to make the playoffs. Westbrook locked up his first scoring title to hold up his end of the bargain, but the Pelicans beat the Spurs. That means the Thunder will miss the playoffs for the first time since Westbrook's rookie season in 2008-09.

The Brooklyn Nets clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, beating the Orlando Magic 101-88 and getting help when Memphis knocked off Indiana.

Brooklyn earned the No. 8 seed and will visit top-seeded Atlanta on Sunday for their playoff opener. If Indiana won, the Nets would have missed the postseason for the first time since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

In Memphis, Tennessee, Marc Gasol had 33 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies downed the Pacers 95-83 to end Indiana's playoff hopes.

Memphis earned the Western Conference's fifth seed with the victory and home-court advantage in a series with fourth-seeded Portland, winners of the Northwest Division.

The Golden State Warriors finished their best regular season in club history after Klay Thompson scored 25 points before resting in the second half of a 133-126 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Starters on both sides rested most of the game, with the Warriors tuning up for the playoffs and Denver long out of contention. The biggest developments for Golden State, which secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs a couple weeks ago, came on the out-of-town scoreboard.

The Houston Rockets downed the Utah Jazz 117-91 after James Harden had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in just three quarters for his fourth triple-double of the season.

Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-98, while LeBron James sat out Cleveland's regular-season finale to rest for the playoffs as the Cleveland Cavaliers came back to beat the Washington Wizards 113-108 in overtime.

In other games, Kyle Lowry scored 26 points as the Toronto Raptors finished the regular season with a club record 49th victory, beating the Charlotte Hornetts 92-87, the Chicago Bulls came back to beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-85 and the Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 105-100.

The Los Angeles Lakers ended then season with their worst record in club history after losing 122-99 to the Sacramento Kings, the Detroit Pistons trounced the New York Knicks 112-90 and the Miami Heat were 105-101 winners over the Philadelphia 76ers.


Updated : 2021-09-19 13:23 GMT+08:00