Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds Wednesday night, and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah's playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory against the Jazz.
The Grizzlies' victory meant the Los Angeles Lakers were assured of making the playoffs even before their late game against the Houston Rockets.
Meanwhile, Memphis, the Western Conference's fifth seed, still held out hopes for home-court advantage if the Los Angeles Clippers lost at Sacramento in another late game.
Mike Conley finished with 14 points for Memphis, which won its second straight and fifth in the past six. Darrell Arthur finished with 11 points for Memphis.
NUGGETS 118, SUNS 98: Denver secured the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs by winning at home behind 21 points from Wilson Chandler and 20 from Andre Iguodala.
Denver will start the playoffs at home, where it's won a franchise-best 23 straight games to finish with the league's best home mark -- 38-3 -- eclipsing the old record of 36-5 set in 1976-77, its first year in the NBA.
BUCKS 95, THUNDER 89: Rookie John Henson scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Brandon Jennings had 17 points and Milwaukee won at Oklahoma City in a regular-season finale lacking any postseason implications.
Needing to score 70 points to surpass Carmelo Anthony of New York, Kevin Durant conceded the NBA scoring title, and joined starting center Kendrick Perkins and key reserves Kevin Martin and Nick Collison in suits on the Thunder bench.
KNICKS 98, HAWKS 92: Chris Copeland scored 33 points on a night that belonged to the reserves, and New York won at home to wrap up its winningest season in 16 years.
With Anthony and just about every important player on either side sitting, the Knicks finished 54-28, their most victories since going 57-25 in 1996-97.
76ERS 105, PACERS 95: Dorell Wright scored 23 points and Evan Turner added 16, leading Philadelphia at Indianapolis in what was likely Doug Collins' final game as the 76ers' coach.
The organization already has scheduled morning news conferences with the managing owner and Collins, who spent almost the entire game glued to his seat and spoke mostly with a hand covering his mouth.
TIMBERWOLVES 108, SPURS 95: Derrick Williams had 21 points to help Minnesota end a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio.
Chase Budinger added 15 points, and Greg Stiemsma and Ricky Rubio had 12 points apiece for Minnesota, which won on the Spurs' home court for the first time since Jan. 14, 2004.
HEAT 105, MAGIC 93: Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and handed out 10 assists, Mike Miller added 21 points and Miami won at home.
MAVERICKS 99, HORNETS 87: Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and Dallas won at home to finish its worst season in 13 years.
BOBCATS 105, CAVALIERS 98: Kemba Walker had 24 points and seven assists, and Charlotte won at home to avoid finishing in the NBA cellar for a second consecutive season.
BULLS 95, WIZARDS 92: Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help Chicago win at home and clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
NETS 103, PISTONS 99: Brook Lopez scored 20 points and reserve Andray Blatche added 15 as playoff-bound Brooklyn won at home.
KNICKS: Forward Rasheed Wallace retired again from the NBA after he was unable to recover from a left foot injury.
GRIZZLIES: Forward Donte Greene and forward/center Willie Reed signed multi-year contracts.