Regardless of falling twice in New York to the Brooklyn Nets (46-24) and New York Knicks (39-31), the San Antonio Spurs locked up the tenth and last play-in spot within the Western Convention thanks to assist from the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento Kings 116-110 in Memphis on Thursday night time, formally eliminating Sacramento from a play-in berth. Because of this, the Spurs might want to win video games over each the 9-seed and the loser of the seventh/eighth place sport.
Right here’s a mini recap of the video games towards the Nets and Knicks:
Wednesday: Spurs 116, Nets 128
The Spurs kicked off their New York back-to-back with a 128-116 loss to the Nets on Wednesday night time.
San Antonio had no reply for James Harden, who returned from an 18-game absence. He scored 18 factors and dished out 11 assists for Brooklyn whereas Landry Shamet scored 21 factors and Nicolas Claxton had a career-high 18 factors.
Brooklyn led by as many as 19 factors within the sport and by no means trailed after halftime.
“If everyone who performed the primary three quarters had moved like the blokes that performed the final eight minutes, we might have been in lots higher form,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. “That’s what makes you a extremely good group when you might have that competitiveness.”
DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 21 factors and 5 assists. Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray every added 15 whereas Rudy Homosexual got here off the bench to attain 10 factors.
Thursday: Spurs 98, Knicks 102
The Spurs closed out their New York journey with a 102-98 loss to the Knicks on Thursday night time at Madison Sq. Backyard. The loss will possible sting for the Spurs, who blew a 17-point lead within the second half.
Alec Burks scored a season-high 30 factors and Julius Randle added 25 for New York, who’s combating to safe dwelling courtroom within the first spherical of the NBA Playoffs. RJ Barrett scored 19 of his 24 factors within the second half because the Knicks outscored the Spurs 29-21 within the fourth quarter to seize the win.
“Randle bought away from us,” Popovich mentioned. “He made some nice passes and so they shot near 50 % from 3 in that half and that was the killer.”
San Antonio led by 17 factors within the third quarter and have been led by DeRozan’s 27 factors and eight assists within the sport. Defensively, they may not put a deal with on Burk or Randle, who mixed for 55 factors.
Murray had 14 factors, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Keldon Johnson had 13 factors and Lonnie Walker IV chipped in 12 factors.
Regardless of the loss, the excellent news for the Spurs is they’re within the play-in sport. Now what they do as soon as they’re there stays to be seen.
“It’s going to be a canine struggle,” DeRozan mentioned. “We bought to be those to point out who needs it extra. It’s a novel state of affairs. I’m fairly positive we’re all going to strategy it collectively as one. No matter experience, I can (share) from being within the playoffs, I’m going to try this.”
The Spurs are actually 33-37 on the season and can return to the courtroom on Saturday afternoon to shut out the common season with a back-to-back set towards the Phoenix Suns.