MVP candidate and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was named on the NBA All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

The selection, made by a global panel of 100 sports writers and broadcasters, was announced by the league, with Antetokounmpo joined by team-mate Eric Bledsoe.

Giannis had 193 points – including 94 First Team votes – while Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert received 196 points, the most of any player in the NBA.

Marcus Smart and Paul George, along with Bledsoe, completed the First Team.

Antetokounmpo, Gobert and George are all also finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Joel Embiid, Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard made the Second Team.

The Houston Rockets advanced to the Western Conference semi-finals after beating the Utah Jazz in the NBA on Wednesday.

The Rockets closed out their first-round series against the Jazz with a 100-93 victory in game five at the Toyota Center.

James Harden led Houston with 26 points and made a key defensive play down the stretch.

Royce O'Neale was an unlikely star for Utah, leading the team with 18 points.

The Rockets will face the winner of the Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Clippers series next.

The Clippers got a second win in Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

Los Angeles secured a 129-121 victory in game five to avoid elimination. Golden State hold a 3-2 lead.

Lou Williams proved how dominant he can be in the clutch, scoring 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting. He hit some important shots in the fourth to keep the Clippers in front.

Kevin Durant posted a game-high 45 points in the Warriors' loss.

Golden State will travel to Los Angeles for game six.

 

Capela lifts Rockets

Clint Capela followed up a poor game four by posting 16 points and 10 rebounds on six-of-seven shooting for the Rockets.

Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting for Los Angeles.

 

Misery for Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell scored 12 points on four-of-22 shooting in Utah's loss.

 

Capela overpowers Gobert

Capela overpowered Rudy Gobert in the paint and threw down a powerful two-handed slam.

Harrell soared over two Warriors to hammer a dunk home.

Nuggets at Spurs

Denver have a 3-2 lead over seventh-seeded San Antonio. Should the Nuggets lose, they will have home-court advantage for game seven. But they would likely rather avoid that against the Spurs' experienced players and coaching.

James Harden felt the Houston Rockets' failure to effectively deal with Derrick Favors was key in their Game 4 defeat to the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz came back into the first-round playoff series at 3-1 after winning 107-91 on Monday, with Donovan Mitchell contributing 31 points.

But while Mitchell stole the headlines, Harden identified the towering presence of Favors as the Rockets' real issue. He made 11 rebounds in 24 minutes.

"We went small in our line-up and Favors was getting his hands on the rebounds and tip outs and things like that," said Harden.

"Whenever we do go small in that line-up, we need to make sure we put a body on him and get the rebound. That was the game. I think they got three offensive rebounds in a row.

"We played pretty good defense, but it's just draining when you play good defense and give up offensive rebounds. We'll be better individually and as a group and be ready."

MVP candidate Harden also felt Utah were motivated by a sense of "embarrassment" as they faced being swept on their home court.

"It's tough, no matter who you're playing," he said. "This is one of the toughest places to play in the league.

"On the other side, it's an embarrassment, you don't want to get swept, you want to show that you have pride. So those guys came out and give them credit: they played well. They fought hard and they came away with the win.

"We got Game 3 and we get an opportunity to go home and do what we're supposed to do."

Donovan Mitchell thanked his Utah Jazz team-mates after he revived their playoff series hopes against the Houston Rockets.

The Jazz pulled the series back to 3-1 with victory in Game 4 as Mitchell put up 31 points in a 107-91 defeat of the hotly tipped Rockets.

And, while Utah still have it all to do if they are to take Houston to seven games, second-year shooting guard Mitchell acknowledges he has become used to tricky hurdles in his time in the NBA.

"That's who we are. We've had our backs up against the wall plenty of times in the past two years we've played together as a team," he said. "I think this is familiar ground with us.

"Everybody responded the way we expected them to. The biggest thing to do is to take what we did today and multiply it, because I think we can play even better.

"I think we can do different things better – they got a few open looks – but if we continue to play with the same intensity as we did tonight, and in Game 3, then anything can happen."

Despite his individual heroics on Monday, Mitchell took the opportunity to pick out numerous team-mates for their help in allowing him to thrive.

"I've played with a lot of close friends and the support I've got since I arrived – not just from the community but also my team-mates – has been huge," he said.

"Me being able to do what I do on a daily basis is not the norm in this league for a second-year guy – or even a first-year guy last year.

"My team-mates have had my back with every mistake, with everything I've done well. When you have that support system in the locker room every day, it makes it easier.

"It makes it easier when you start the game with two straight turnovers. It makes it easier when Jae [Crowder] sometimes is vocal, sometimes is leading by example. Rudy [Gobert] sometimes is vocal, sometimes is leading by example.

"Having guys you can look to [helps]. Kyle [Korver], I've asked him a thousand questions since he's been here about whatever.

"Being down 3-0, you've got to talk. I have so many resources I can go to. As a player who wants to learn, I'm finding ways to learn.

"It's not always going to be perfect, but to have team-mates who have your back through the ups and downs means the world."

Donovan Mitchell thanked his Utah Jazz team-mates after he revived their playoff series hopes against the Houston Rockets.

The Jazz pulled the series back to 3-1 with victory in Game 4 as Mitchell put up 31 points in a 107-91 defeat of the hotly tipped Rockets.

And, while Utah still have it all to do if they are to take Houston to seven games, second-year shooting guard Mitchell acknowledges he has become used to tricky hurdles in his time in the NBA.

"That's who we are. We've had our backs up against the wall plenty of times in the past two years we've played together as a team," he said. "I think this is familiar ground with us.

"Everybody responded the way we expected them to. The biggest thing to do is to take what we did today and multiply it, because I think we can play even better.

"I think we can do different things better – they got a few open looks – but if we continue to play with the same intensity as we did tonight, and in Game 3, then anything can happen."

Despite his individual heroics on Monday, Mitchell took the opportunity to pick out numerous team-mates for their help in allowing him to thrive.

"I've played with a lot of close friends and the support I've got since I arrived – not just from the community but also my team-mates – has been huge," he said.

"Me being able to do what I do on a daily basis is not the norm in this league for a second-year guy – or even a first-year guy last year.

"My team-mates have had my back with every mistake, with everything I've done well. When you have that support system in the locker room every day, it makes it easier.

"It makes it easier when you start the game with two straight turnovers. It makes it easier when Jae [Crowder] sometimes is vocal, sometimes is leading by example. Rudy [Gobert] sometimes is vocal, sometimes is leading by example.

"Having guys you can look to [helps]. Kyle [Korver], I've asked him a thousand questions since he's been here about whatever.

"Being down 3-0, you've got to talk. I have so many resources I can go to. As a player who wants to learn, I'm finding ways to learn.

"It's not always going to be perfect, but to have team-mates who have your back through the ups and downs means the world."

The Milwaukee Bucks became the second team to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs on Monday.

The Bucks topped the Pistons 127-104 in Detroit to complete a first-round sweep, giving them their first playoff series win since 2000-01.

Giannis Antetokounmpo followed up a subpar game-three performance with a game-high 41 points and nine rebounds in game four.

Blake Griffin did all he could to keep the Pistons alive, totalling 22 points, five rebounds and six assists.

The Bucks advance to face the Celtics in the second round. Boston knocked Milwaukee out of the playoffs last season in a seven-game series.

Meanwhile, Utah are not out of the race just yet.

The Jazz beat the Rockets 107-91 in game four on Monday, preventing Houston's closeout. 

Utah dominated on the boards and grabbed 17 more rebounds than Houston. They also forced 15 turnovers.

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 31 points and had a late dunk that helped seal his team's victory.

James Harden bounced back from a poor shooting night and posted 30 points of his own.

The Jazz have a difficult task ahead of them, as they will have to stay hot and beat the Rockets in the Toyota Center on Wednesday in game five.

 

Jackson efforts not enough for Pistons

Reggie Jackson recorded a team-high 26 points and seven assists in Detroit's loss.

Jae Crowder posted 23 points for the Jazz.

 

Smith struggles

Ish Smith scored two points on one-of-six shooting for the Pistons.

Clint Capela scored four points on one-of-six shooting for the Rockets.

 

Gigantic Giannis

Antetokounmpo converted a double clutch finish through contact over Andre Drummond.

Thunder at Trail Blazers

Oklahoma City were the first team to drop a game at home in this series on Sunday. Now, the Thunder have no choice but to beat the Trail Blazers in Portland. If they do not, their season is over.

James Harden had no idea he had started the game so badly as he reflected on the Houston Rockets' hard-fought win over the Utah Jazz in the NBA playoffs.

The Rockets prevailed 104-101 on Saturday to move 3-0 up in the best-of-seven series, the Western Conference's fourth seeds looking a safe bet to advance to the semi-finals, where a potential meeting with two-time defending champions the Golden State Warriors awaits.

Reigning league MVP Harden has enjoyed another remarkable scoring season but he went 0-for-15 in this game before belatedly finding his range, finishing with 22 points, 10 assists and four rebounds.

When informed by ESPN of his early shooting struggles, Harden replied: "Oh, for real? I didn't know that!

"I was aggressive, they were doing a good job of contesting my shots, those are shots I shoot every single day, fourth quarter they fell in, I'll keep shooting the same shots.

"[This win shows] Character. We fought, we didn't shoot the ball well, we gave up a lot of easy buckets for them, we kept fighting, no matter how bad we played for three quarters we were only down two points, we knew we had one good quarter in us and we did."

Chris Paul, meanwhile, was similarly unaware of his team-mate's early numbers, insisting that is not the way head coach Mike D'Antoni encourages the Rockets to think.

"I went up to him in that time-out and said 'get your swag up'," Paul said.

"He knows how we play, we don't play percentages, we don't look at how many shots you missed or made, we put the work in, that's what you work all summer for, we believe in him and we keep playing and stay the course.

"We're trying to stay the course, I had no clue James shot that, but we just keep playing.

"Who knows that? Coach puts utmost confidence in the guys to keep shooting because at the end of the day it's win the game, no matter what he shot we won the game."

James Harden believes the Houston Rockets have shown in consecutive big wins over the Utah Jazz that they are "almost" peaking in good time in the playoffs.

The Rockets lead their first-round series 2-0, winning 122-90 in Game 1 and 118-98 in Wednesday's Game 2.

Star man Harden has been particularly encouraged by Houston's defensive efforts in those two games and wants to see the team maintain their performance levels as they make a run towards the NBA Finals.

"We're almost there," he told a news conference. "Holding a good team, the Jazz, to under 100 points two games in a row.

"The series starts now. We have to go on the road and have the same energy - especially on the defensive end. The offense, I'm not worried about. We've been a great offensive team all year, but defensively, we're locked in.

"When I talk about 'where we want to be', that's because of our defense. If we guard like that and get into their bodies and rebound the basketball and push the tempo in transition, it's pretty hard to beat us."

Harden is in the MVP running, alongside the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he was typically influential against the Jazz in Game 2, scoring a 32-point triple-double.

The now standard "MVP" chants from the home crowd roared Harden on, yet he insists that he needs no motivation to perform.

"There's nothing that anybody can say to get me going - I'm already going," he said. "I've been going like this for the last five years.

"Those chants are just pretty normal. I focus on the game and what I need to do and being the best player on the court every night."

The Boston Celtics are firmly in control of their opening-round series against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA playoffs.

Boston came away with a 99-91 win over the Pacers on Wednesday at the TD Garden to go up 2-0 in their Eastern Conference first-round matchup.

The Pacers appeared to take control in the third quarter as they outscored Boston by 13 and ended the period with a 79-68 advantage.

Boston, however, responded with an 18-3 run in the early stages of the fourth quarter to swing the scoreboard back in their favour.

The teams traded the lead over the next few minutes and Indiana had a chance to tie the score with less than 15 seconds to go. But, Wesley Matthews threw the ball out of bounds. The Pacers also committed a turnover on their next possession, allowing Boston to seal the win.

Meanwhile, the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks trailed the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons by a point at half-time.

However, Milwaukee pulled away with 35-point third quarter and cruised to a 120-99 victory from there. They also hold a 2-0 lead in the series.

Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for the Bucks in the victory.

Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets took an early lead and never looked back in their 118-98 win over the Utah Jazz. 

Houston star James Harden recorded a triple-double, registering 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Chris Paul chipped in 17 points. 

Five Jazz players reached double figures in the losing effort, led by Ricky Rubio's 17 points. 

 

Brilliant Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe finished with a game-high 27 points and added six assists in Milwaukee's win.

The Pacers had no answers for Celtics star Kyrie Irving. The guard registered 37 points, seven assists and six rebounds in his team's victory.

 

Smith struggles

Ish Smith came off the bench and scored seven points on three-of-13 shooting in Detroit's loss. He was minus-10 for the game.

Domantas Sabonis made little impact on the scoresheet for the Pacers, attempting just one shot in 22 minutes of action. He averaged 14.1 points in the regular season.

 

Harden's hard work

Rockets star Harden earned a chance at a four-point play against the Jazz.

Jayson Tatum converted the dunk through contact to finish off Boston's win.

Warriors at Clippers

Los Angeles erased a 31-point deficit and surprisingly tied the matchup at 1-1 with a shocking win in game two to make the series interesting. The Warriors will look to bounce back Thursday at the Staples Center.

Ricky Rubio explained the Utah Jazz were desperate to stop James Harden's trademark step-back threes after he guarded the Houston Rockets star from behind.

Harden is in the running for a second consecutive NBA MVP award after another stunning season in which he averaged 36.1 points per game.

Each new opponent has sought a way to contain Harden and the Jazz were no different in Game 1 of their playoff series, with Rubio's bizarre approach allowing the Rockets guard to move past him before attempting to block from behind.

But Houston ran out 122-90 winners, with Harden putting up 29 points and making four shots from beyond the arc.

Rubio explained: "We shaded him right because, on the left, he's got the step-back and it's a three every time, no matter who is on him. He is one of the best in the league at doing it.

"I think this year he had more threes than Steph Curry just doing step-backs. That's crazy - you're talking about Steph Curry, one of the best on the league, if not the best.

"So we would rather him take 20 or 30 shots and him score 20 points than just have the threes."

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was not convinced, though, as he insists there is no stopping Harden.

"He can have a bad game and they'll attribute it to something. Sometimes humans have bad games," he said. "But you're not stopping him, I don't care what you do."

The Boston Celtics topped the Indiana Pacers 84-74 in game one of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series, while the Houston Rockets defeated the Utah Jazz in the west.

A surprising 20-point performance from Markieff Morris assisted Kyrie Irving's 20-point effort in Boston's opener on Sunday.

Cory Joseph, who averaged 6.5 points per game during the regular season, led a cold Indiana squad with 14 points

The Portland Trail Blazers took a 1-0 lead in their Western Conference matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder after winning 104-99.

Damian Lillard led all scorers with 30 points, but C. J. McCollum and Enes Kanter also had big games for the Trail Blazers.

Thunder star Russell Westbrook posted 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but Oklahoma City could not overcome terrible three-point shooting, as they made just five of 33 attempts.

Eastern Conference top seeds the Milwaukee Bucks saw off the Blake-Griffin less Detroit Pistons 121-86 in game one.

The Bucks moved ahead early and stayed there behind a well-rounded scoring attack thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo's 24 points and 17 rebounds.

Griffin was absent for the Pistons due to a knee injury and will likely have to a huge impact to turn the series around when he makes his debut.

Meanwhile, James Harden's 29 points and 10 assists led Houston to a convincing 122-90 victory against Utah.

Rudy Gobert contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz, but constantly found himself overwhelmed in the paint by a swarm of Rocket slashers. Not to mention Harden driving to the basket.

 

McCollum provides support for Lillard

Portland's McCollum scored 24 points for, only trailing Lillard on the night against Oklahoma City.

Luke Kennard scored a team-high 21 points in Detroit's loss to Milwaukee.

 

 

Turner, George struggle in losses

Myles Turner scored five points on two-of-six shooting for the Pacers.

Paul George scored 26 points, but was four-of-15 from deep and had a horrendous first half.

Joe Ingles scored three points on one-of-four shooting for the Jazz.

 

Lillard showcases credentials

Trail Blazers star Lillard showcased why he is one of the NBA's best clutch scorers with a deep three down the stretch.

Antetokounmpo nearly took off from the free throw line on the break on this slam.

 

Sunday's results

Boston Celtics 84-74 Indiana Pacers
Portland Trail Blazers 104-99 Oklahoma City Thunder
Milwaukee Bucks 121-86 Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets 122-90 Utah Jazz

 

Nets at 76ers

Everyone will be watching to see if the Philadelphia 76ers can bounce back from a game-one upset. The Brooklyn Nets have little playoff experience, but put on an inspiring performance to take down the third-seeded 76ers on Saturday. This game will be critical for Philadelphia, as they could have to head to Brooklyn down 2-0 if they cannot respond.

Reigning champions the Golden State Warriors seem likely to reach the NBA Finals once again.

Golden State are the two-time defending champions and have won three of the last four titles.

The Warriors earned top spot in the Western Conference in 2018-19 and open the playoffs as favourites to hang a third straight banner.

But, the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder all could give Golden State a challenge. All of those teams, however, will have to survive tough matchups in the opening round.

Here is a breakdown of all the first-round clashes in the west by the numbers thanks to Opta.

 

Warriors v Clippers

— The Warriors finished the season with a true shooting percentage of 59.6 per cent, more than a full percentage point better than any other team.

— The Los Angeles Clippers clearly have the best second unit in the league. They average 53.2 bench points, which is the most of any NBA team since 1996-97.

— The Warriors beat Los Angeles in three of their four matchups during the regular season. They held the Clippers to just 33.8 per cent shooting over the four games.

 

Nuggets v Spurs

— This is a series that could be tough for the second-seeded Nuggets. Denver and the San Antonio Spurs split their season matchup, with the home team winning every game.

— Nuggets center Nikola Jokic became just the fourth player in NBA history to average 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and seven or more assists in a season. Russell Westbrook, Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson are the only three others who have ever put up those numbers.

— The Spurs have made the playoffs in an incredible 22 straight seasons, which ties them for the longest such streak in NBA history. They last missed the postseason in 1996-97.

 

Trail Blazers v Thunder

— The Portland Trail Blazers may hold the third seed, but they lost to the Thunder in all four of the teams' matchups this season. Oklahoma City averaged 128 points in those games.  

— Paul George had his best career season for Oklahoma City. Since January 1, only James Harden (38.2) has averaged more points than the Thunder star. In total, George finished 2018-19 tallying 28 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He also added 2.2 steals per appearance.

— Portland definitely have a home-court advantage. They went 32-9 at the Moda Center this season, tied for the third-best home record in the league.

 

Rockets v Jazz

— Harden set multiple NBA records this season. He also became the first player ever to average 12 or more three-point attempts over an entire season.

— The Rockets will have their work cut out for them if they want to keep the Utah Jazz off the glass. Utah grabbed 80.3 per cent of available defensive rebounds, tied for the best percentage in the NBA.

— Jazz center Rudy Gobert proved himself on both ends of the floor in 2018-19. He is just the second player in franchise history to average 15 or more points, 12 or more rebounds and 2 or more blocks in a season.

The Detroit Pistons are heading to the NBA playoffs after defeating the lowly New York Knicks 115-89.

After jumping out to an early lead and never looking back, the Pistons clinched the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday.

The Pistons took control in the opening moments and held a 14-point advantage by the end of the first quarter. They pushed the score to 65-41 by half-time and cruised from there.

Andre Drummond tallied 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Detroit to the victory. Luke Kennard chipped in a game-high 27 points off the bench while connecting on four of his eight three-point attempts.

The Pistons were playing without star Blake Griffin, who is dealing with a sore knee. They had last made the playoffs in 2015-16.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets entered play with their postseason hopes still alive. But, they were officially eliminated following Detroit's win.

Charlotte would not have advanced to the playoffs anyway as they fell to the Orlando Magic 122-114.

Soon-to-be free agent Kemba Walker recorded 43 points and five assists for Charlotte in what could be his last game with the Hornets.

 

Wade and Nowitzki say goodbye

Dwyane Wade registered a triple-double in his last game before retirement. The 37-year-old put up 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Miami Heat's 113-94 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his farewell – a 105-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Jonathon Simmons had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Philadelphia 76ers won 125-109 against the Chicago Bulls.

Jevon Carter tallied 32 points in the Memphis Grizzlies' 132-117 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

 

Finney-Smith struggles

Dorian Finney-Smith was two-of-10 shooting and scored five points in the Mavericks' defeat.

Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore shot two of 10 from the field and was a minus-16 as his team fell to the Indiana Pacers 135-134.

 

No stopping Gordon

Aaron Gordon powered his way to the basket for the Magic.

 

Wednesday's results

Orlando Magic 122-114 Charlotte Hornets
San Antonio Spurs 105-94 Dallas Mavericks
Philadelphia 76ers 125-109 Chicago Bulls
Memphis Grizzlies 132-117 Golden State Warriors
Detroit Pistons 115-89 New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers 135-134 Atlanta Hawks
Oklahoma City Thunder 127-116 Milwaukee Bucks
Brooklyn Nets 113-94 Miami Heat
Denver Nuggets 99-95 Minnesota Timberwolves
Los Angeles Clippers 143-137 Utah Jazz (OT)
Portland Trail Blazers 136-131 Sacramento Kings

The playoffs

After a long regular season, the playoffs have finally arrived. The path to the championship begins on Saturday when the first series tip-off.

Tuesday was a historic day for the NBA.

Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki each played their last home games for their respective teams, as both have plans to retire after the season. The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks were both able to secure quality wins for their superstars on such an important night.

Wade scored a game-high 30 points for Miami in its 122-99 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers. After the contest, he gifted jerseys to all of his teammates.

Nowitzki scored 30 points of his own in Dallas. The 40-year-old big man filled it up early, scoring his team's first 10 points in a 120-109 victory over Phoenix Suns. He became the oldest player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in a game.

While neither future Hall of Fame player will be in the post-season, they got the storybook endings they deserved in front of their home crowds.

Crawford goes off on Dallas

Pheonix Sun Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 51 points against the Mavericks.

James Harden recorded 39 points and 10 rebounds in Houston Rockets' 112-111 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Donovan Mitchell posted 46 points in Utah Jazz's 118-108 win over the Denver N.

Six and out for Green

Jeff Green scored six points on 2-of-13 shooting in the Washington Wizards' 116-110 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Wayne Ellington totaled seven points on 1-of-11 shooting in the Detriot Pistons' 100-93 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Caruso almost wins it for the Lakers

Alex Caruso hit a huge shot to put the Lakers up late, but they fell to Portland 104-101.

Paul George hit a game-winner to lift the Thunder over the Rockets.

What's Next?

Orlando Magic (41-40) at Charlotte Hornets (39-42) 8 p.m. ET — Orlando has already punched its ticket to the playoffs. Charlotte, on the other hand, is battling with Detroit for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. Steve Clifford coached the Hornets as recently as last season and now he has the opportunity to eliminate his old team from the post-season.

Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors locked up first place in the Western Conference thanks to Sunday's 131-104 blowout win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Golden State secured the west's number one seed in their last regular-season game at Oracle Arena after 47 years as they prepare to move to Chase Center in San Francisco.

The Warriors marked the occasion by wearing throwback jerseys – famously known as the "We Believe" era uniforms worn during the team's run to the 2007 playoffs, which were used from 2002 to 2010.

It was fitting that the franchise's cornerstone, Stephen Curry, led all scorers with 27 points. Six other Warriors also reached double-figures.

Landry Shamet led the Clippers' well-rounded scoring effort with 17 points.

 

Harden lifts Rockets

James Harden posted 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in the Houston Rockets' 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Alex Len scored a career-high 33 points as the Atlanta Hawks fell 115-107 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Karl-Anthony Towns posted 35 points in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 132-126 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

Cavs' Clarkson and his shooting woes

Jordan Clarkson scored two points on one-of-eight shooting in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 112-90 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.

Kyle Lowry scored five points on one-of-eight shooting as the Toronto Raptors downed the Miami Heat 117-109 in overtime.

 

McGee with the slam!

JaVale McGee threw an alley-oop into the hoop with force in the Los Angeles Lakers' 113-109 win against the Utah Jazz.

Elfrid Payton sent the Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox tumbling with a dribble move as the New Orleans Pelicans won 133-129.

 

Sunday's results

Toronto Raptors 117-109 Miami Heat (OT)
San Antonio Spurs 112-90 Cleveland Cavaliers
Oklahoma City Thunder 132-126 Minnesota Timberwolves
Charlotte Hornets 104-91 Detroit Pistons
Brooklyn Nets 108-96 Indiana Pacers
Dallas Mavericks 129-127 Memphis Grizzlies (OT)
Milwaukee Bucks 115-107 Atlanta Hawks
Houston Rockets 149-113 Phoenix Suns
Orlando Magic 116-108 Boston Celtics
New York Knicks 113-110 Washington Wizards
Golden State Warriors 131-104 Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans 133-129 Sacramento Kings
Portland Trail Blazers 115-108 Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Lakers 113-109 Utah Jazz

 

Hornets at Cavaliers

Charlotte will attempt to keep their playoff dreams alive against Cleveland on Tuesday. The Hornets will likely have to win out to reach the postseason. The Cavaliers could bring the opposition's campaign crashing to a halt.

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