Final madness in the West and stick for the Houston Rockets

The Texans, who did not play, passed in a few minutes to be seconds to quarters for the comebacks of Nuggets and Blazers, the latter of 28 points.


Emotion until the last minute. This is what the last two games offered us with something at stake in the Western Conference. With 30 seconds to go until the end of the Nuggets-Wolves, the Houston Rockets were seconds. The Colorado were losing and completed a triple tie with the Blazers that benefited the Rockets. That was the last time the Houston team was in second place after having spent most of the night.

The Nuggets were unable to distance themselves from the Wolves and entered the last quarter playing worse and went on to lose more than 10 points. On the other hand, some truffled substitute Blazers came to lose by 28 points in the third quarter. Everything suggested that the Rockets would finally be second, they would avoid Thunder and Jazz in the first round and the Warriors until a hypothetical final. But all jumped through the air with the comebacks of his two rivals, who ended up winning their games and relegating to the fourth place in the West.

More below, the three teams that closed the playoffs did not fail, so the positions of the sixth to eighth place they stayed as they were at the beginning of the day. Thunder, Spurs and Clippers, in this order, will face off with Blazers, Nuggets and Warriors. The other tie will be a tremendous Rockets-Jazz that promises strong emotions from the first day.

Nuggets 99 - Wolves 95

The Denver Nuggets, who had been answering the last few days and did not compete everything that could be demanded in their last Portland game (for the Blazers to finish ahead of the Rockets and avoid the Texans in the semifinals), they were on the verge of throwing all their strategy overboard. The Minnesota Timberwolves had a half minute left to win. The last 30 seconds was what separated them from a victory that seemed to be made during many moments of the last quarter. With Wiggins (25 + 5 + 4) as the only member of the starting lineup was Tyus Jones who took the initiative in the last attacks, when his team was still winning. And he failed them. The most decisive was thanks to Jokic (29 + 14 and 3 steals), who stole a ball from Wiggins hands. That attack ended in the triple of Jamal Murray (17 + 8 + 7) that put the Denver team ahead, an advantage they were not going to lose anymore.

Blazers 136 - Kings 131

Whoever saw the match and the initial lineup of The Blazers (Simons-Tren Jr.-Layman-Labissiere-Leonard) would think that their goal was to avoid reaching the third place that crossed them with the Thunder in the first round. They were supposed to look better in fourth place and see the Jazz. Well after a 62-87 in favor of the Kings at halftime they had to change their minds, because the comeback that was carried out by the alternate substitutes of the Blazers was tremendous. With a partial of 74-44 in the second half and 38-18 in the last quarter. And with a name standing out above all, the rookie Anfernee Simons, the unexpected hero of the night. He had only played 19 games with an average of 4.9 minutes. Tonight he played 48 minutes of games (same as Trent Jr. and Layman) and finished with 37 points (13/21 in field goals, 7/11 in triples), 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Along with Labissiere (29 + 15) the great culprit of the comeback.

Bucks 116 - Thunder 127

One Thunder without Paul George secured the sixth position in Milwaukee against a rival in which only played Khris Middleton of the holders and only did it 16 minutes Russel Westbrook (15 + 11 + 17) achieved his 34th triple-double of the season, the 138th of his career tied with Magic Johnson as the second-most in history. He already has Oscar Robertson (181) ahead of him. Schroder (32 + 5 + 3 + 4) and Grant (28 + 5) were the executors who confirmed the sixth place of the Thunder.

Spurs 105 - Mavs 94

Versory comfortable of the Spurs to secure the seventh place and avoid crossing with the Warriors in the first round. The party also served as a final farewell to Dirk Nowitzki, to whom the Texas franchise dedicated a video before the meeting that made him cry. The German said goodbye to the NBA after 21 seasons with a good game: 20 points and 10 rebounds. Luka Doncic did not get dressed and we will not see him play more until after the summer. In the Spurs highlighted Aldrige, with 34 points and 16 rebounds.

Clippers 143 - Jazz 137

Partido without history, because when he started the Clippers knew they were eighth. In any case, resounding success of Doc Rivers and his team that will play the playoffs against all the forecasts of the beginning of the season. The first round tie against the Warriors will be a prize and they should be taken as such. The match against the Jazz was resolved in overtime, where the premises were superior. Harrell (24 + 7 + 5) and Zubac (22 + 11 and 3 blocks), the best of the Clippers. The rookie Grayson Allen (40 + 7 + 4) came outliterally in those of Utah.

Grizzlies 132 - Warriors 117

Review of the Grizzlies to some Warriors with little desire to play. Durant (18 minutes) and Thompson (16) were the only starters who jumped on the track. The good news for them beyond the game is that Curry's ankle injury from the night before does not seem too serious. Jevon Carter (32 points, 8/12 in triples), top scorer of the premises, who saw Delon Wright get another triple-double (13 + 11 + 11 + 3), the third of the season.



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