NBA scores, highlights, results: Nets clinch playoff spot; Rockets close in on 2-seed with win paired with Nuggets loss
There was no shortage of NBA action on Sunday
Virtually every team in the NBA was in action on the final Sunday of the regular season, as there were 14 games on the schedule. While some squads are just days away from summer vacation, others are gearing up for the playoff push.
Starting things off, the Raptors took down the Heat in overtime to put Miami on the brink of being eliminated from the playoffs. In addition, the Thunder also continued to build momentum for the postseason as they pulled off a comeback win against the Timberwolves.
Later on, at least a portion of Eastern Conference playoff positioning was decided with the Nets clinching a playoff spot for the first time in four seasons with a win over the Pacers.
The Trail Blazers finished off the night by topping the Nuggets in a game that definitely benefitted them. Portland now is in firm control of the fourth seed in the Western Conference after the Clippers fell to the Warriors in the final regular-season game at Oracle Arena.
Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's action.
NBA schedule for Sunday, April 7
*All times Eastern
- Toronto Raptors 117, Miami Heat 109 (Box Score) -- OT
- San Antonio Spurs 112, Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (Box Score)
- Oklahoma City Thunder 132, Minnesota Timberwolves 126 (Box Score)
- Charlotte Hornets 104, Detroit Pistons 91 (Box Score)
- Brooklyn Nets 108, Indiana Pacers 96 (Box Score)
- Dallas Mavericks 129, Memphis Grizzlies 127 OT (Box Score)
- Houston Rockets 149, Phoenix Suns 113 (Box Score)
- Milwaukee Bucks 115, Atlanta Hawks 107 (Box Score)
- Orlando Magic 116, Boston Celtics 108 (Box Score)
- New York Knicks 113, Washington Wizards 110 (Box Score)
- Golden State Warriors 131, Los Angeles Clippers 104 (Box Score)
- New Orleans Pelicans 133, Sacramento Kings 129 (Box Score)
- Portland Trail Blazers 115, Denver Nuggets 108 (Box Score)
- Los Angeles Lakers 113 , Utah Jazz 109 (Box Score)
Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Nuggets
The Trail Blazers are looking to lock up home court advantage in the opening round of the postseason. Damian Lillard poured in 30 points and his performance went a long way towards making that a reality.
Curry thrives in final regular-season game at Oracle Arena
Stephen Curry has blossomed into one of the top shooters in the history of the NBA. With the Warriors wearing their "We Believe" jerseys in their final regular-season game at Oracle Arena, Curry scored 27 points and led the charge in a win over the Clippers.
Antetokounmpo paces Bucks against Hawks
Giannis Antetokounmpo missed Milwaukee's last game as he battled a calf injury. However, the Bucks star forward returned with a vengeance and scored 30 points in a win over a shorthanded Hawks squad.
Harden scores 30 points as Rockets dominate Suns
The Rockets dominated the Suns as they knocked down 27 threes on the night. MVP candidate James Harden scored 30 points and hit five of his six attempts from beyond the arc.
Russell helps Nets clinch playoff spot
The Nets haven't been to the postseason in four seasons, but that all changed on Sunday. All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell led the way with 20 points and six assists for Brooklyn.
Walker helps keep Hornets playoff hopes alive
Kemba Walker dazzled in a game that the Hornets needed to win if they wanted to stay in the postseason race. Walker scored 31 points to help pull Charlotte to within one game of the final playoff spot in the East.
Aldridge posts double-double in win over Cavaliers
LaMarcus Aldridge always provides a steady presence in the Spurs frontcourt. In a win over the Cavaliers, Aldridge scored 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting while securing 13 rebounds.
Westbrook records triple-double in Thunder win
Russell Westbrook clearly has made a habit of recording triple-doubles in his sleep. Westbrook finished Sunday's win over the Timberwolves with 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting to go along with 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
Harris gets fancy on the alley-oop
D'Angelo Russell and Joe Harris connected for an unorthodox alley-oop early on against the Pacers. Russell lobbed it up for a cutting Harris, who caught it in mid-air and spun it home off the glass for the reverse alley-oop lay-up.
Towns goes strong to the rim
Westbrook puts handles and passing on display
Russell Westbrook is unstoppable in transition, whether he's taking it to the basket or dishing to a teammate. On this occasion, it was the latter, as he tossed a no-look dime to Steven Adams after using some nice dribbling moves.
Love pays homage to Frye
Channing Frye is set to retire after the season, and the Cavaliers honored him during Sunday's game against the Spurs. Kevin Love pulled off a unique tribute by checking into the game wearing Frye's old college jersey.
Four Raptors score 20-plus points to beat Heat
The Raptors needed overtime to defeat the Heat, but they got the victory thanks to a true team effort. Four players scored at least 20 points, led by Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam, who each put up 23. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard went for 22 and Danny Green added 21.
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