The Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers were all victorious as the NBA’s regular season concluded in Orlando on Friday.
Philadelphia’s final game before their Eastern Conference first-round playoff blockbuster against the Boston Celtics on Monday saw the 76ers top the Houston Rockets 134-96.
Joel Embiid (14 points) overcame a wrist problem and played for the 76ers at Walt Disney World resort, where Tobias Harris (18), Al Horford (10), Alec Burks (16), Shake Milton (11), Mike Scott (10), Raul Neto (14) and Furkan Korkmaz (12) all had double-digit points.
The Rockets, who are set to meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference on Tuesday, were led by James Harden’s 27 points and 10 assists.
Defending champions the Raptors, meanwhile, defeated the Denver Nuggets 117-109 behind Stanley Johnson’s season-high 23 points.
Johnson scored 19 points in the second half, while Paul Watson put up a career-high 22 points for the in-form Raptors – who have won four games in a row and seven of their eight regular-season matchups in Florida.
The Raptors – second in the east – begin their playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, while the Western Conference’s Nuggets open against the Utah Jazz.
Mann impresses for Clippers
With Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams rested, rookie Terance Mann stepped up as the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Thunder 107-103 in overtime. Mann had 25 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double, including the go-ahead three-pointer with less than three minutes remaining in OT. Amir Coffey contributed 21 points.
Hamidou Diallo’s double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds led the playoff-bound Thunder.
Robinson scoreless as Pacers cool Heat
Ahead of their upcoming first-round clash in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat lost 109-92 to the Indiana Pacers and Duncan Robinson struggled. Robinson was zero of three from the field, while he missed all three shots beyond the arc to go scoreless in 13 minutes. Trying to stay fit before the playoff matchup as both teams rested stars, the Heat lost Derrick Jones Jr. to a neck strain following a scary collision.
Harden with the behind-the-back pass
The 2018 MVP produced this assist for Rockets team-mate Jeff Green.
Toronto Raptors 117-109 Denver Nuggets
Indiana Pacers 109-92 Miami Heat
Los Angeles Clippers 107-103 Oklahoma City Thunder (OT)
Philadelphia 76ers 134-96 Houston Rockets
Grizzlies face Trail Blazers
The Western Conference play-in clash will see the Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers go head-to-head on Saturday. A win for the Trail Blazers will secure a first-round matchup against the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. Memphis have to go 2-0 in the play-in tournament.
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