NBA wrap: Spurs top Thunder to move into tie in West; Rockets clinch No. 1 seed

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LaMarcus Aldridge (Getty Pictures)

The Spurs confirmed as soon as once more Thursday night time that regardless of their struggles this season, they’re nonetheless a really harmful group.

The Spurs obtained 25 factors and eleven rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge to beat the visiting Thunder, 103-ninety nine, and pull into a fourth-place tie with Oklahoma Metropolis in the Western Convention standings. Each groups are forty four-32 with six video games remaining.

With playoff seeding on the road, each groups needed this recreation. But the Spurs arguably wanted this recreation extra, after dropping their final two. The workforce’s struggles of late have been properly-documented, with celebrity Kawhi Leonard sidelined a lot of the season by damage. San Antonio is headed for its lowest common-season win complete in virtually 20 years.

There have been encouraging indicators for the Thunder regardless of the loss, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony snapped out of mini-slumps. George, who had been zero for thirteen from three-level vary (7 of 31 general) in the Thunder’s final two video games, scored 26 factors. Anthony, who had missed all 9 of his three-level makes an attempt in these two video games, hit all three lengthy-vary makes an attempt towards the Spurs and completed with 9 factors.

Stud of the Night time

Andre Drummond scored 24 and grabbed 23 rebounds to key the Pistons’ 103-ninety two victory over the Wizards. It is his seventh 20-20 recreation  this season.

Duds of the Night time

The Warriors: Kevin Durant was ejected simply earlier than halftime and Golden State’s protection could not sluggish Giannis Antetokounmpo (32 factors) and the Bucks in a 116-107 loss. The Stephen Curry-much less Warriors have now misplaced three of their final 4 video games. With the Warriors loss, the Rockets clinched the No. 1 seed in the West.

Spotlight

Dwyane Wade’s lob is somewhat brief, however Bam Adebayo thinks “no drawback” as he reaches again and slams it house.

What’s Subsequent

Clippers (forty one-34) at Path Blazers (forty six-29) 10:30 p.m. ET — Should-win video games are good leisure, and this is a should-win for the Clippers, who’re nonetheless on the playoff bubble. The Path Blazers’ backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum is averaging a mixed forty eight.6 factors per recreation, however the Clippers have their very own backcourt scoring machine in tremendous sub Lou Williams (22.7 factors per recreation).