NBA roundup: Rockets make playoff spot

The Houston Rockets beat the visiting Sacramento Kings 116-81 to clinch the final Western Conference playoff spot with James Harden scoring 38 points, four rebounds and four assists on Wednesday night.

For the Kings their top performer was Ben McLemore who scored 24 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Rockets now set up a meeting this weekend with top-seeds, the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

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In Boston, the Celtics downed the Miami Heat 98-88 as Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points in a come from behind win. Boston are seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference after Atlanta lost to Washington.

The Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-96, with Norman Powell nailing a career-high 30 points to wrap up their best season (56-26) in franchise history. For the Nets, Bojan Bogdanovic was on fire scoring 29 points, six rebounds and two assists.

The Charlotte Hornets secured a 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic as Al Jefferson made 26 points for the playoff bound Hornets. Aaron Gordon starred for the Magic with 22 points and five rebounds.

In Chicago, the Bulls got past the Philadelphia 76ers 115-105 with Nikola Mirotic scoring 32 points and Justin Holliday adding 29. For the 76ers the season was poor as they had an NBA-worst mark of 10-72. Robert Covington scored 27 points, six rebounds and two assists for the 76ers.

The Detroit Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in over-time to win 112-110 as Jodie Meeks scored 20 and Reggie Bullock added 15 points to lead the Pistons. For the Cavaliers, Jordan McRae was on fire, scoring 36 points including four rebounds and seven assists.

In their final game, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 96-91 with rookie Boban Marjanovic in great form scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds while Raymond Felton starred for the Mavericks scoring 22 points.

The Indiana Pacers got past the Milwaukee Bucks 97-92. Solomon Hill was hot for the Pacers scoring 25 points, while for the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

In Minnesota, the Timberwolves defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 114-109 as Karl-Anthony Towns nailed 28 points and 14 rebounds and Shabazz Muhammad scored 28 points for the Timberwolves. For the Pelicans, Omer Asik was their top performer with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

The Washington Wizards downed the Atlanta Hawks 109-98 as they ended as the number four seeds in the East. Nene scored 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Washington and Al Horford got 19 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks.

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 to make NBA history as the team with the most victories in a season at 73-9, bettering the record they shared with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Stephen Curry scored 46 points, four rebounds and six assists to give him an NBA record with 402 three-pointers in a season.

For the Grizzlies, their top performer was Zach Randolph with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Kobe Bryant was on fire for the LA Lakers in his last NBA game as they beat the Utah Jazz 101-96. Bryant scored 60 points – on 50 shots – 23 of which came in the final quarter for his sixth 60-pointer of his career.

For the Jazz, Trey Lyles was their top performer with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

The Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 114-105 as Mirza Teletovic scored 22 points to lead seven Phoenix players in double figures past the Clippers who fielded mostly a reserve side. Cole Aldrich top performed for the Clippers scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds.

In Portland, the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 107-99 to seal a playoff spot with Damian Lillard scoring 21 points, three rebounds and five assists despite sitting out the final quarter. For Denver, Nikola Jokic starred scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.