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Pelicans, Thunder keep NBA play-off hopes alive

Race for Western Conference’s final mark goes to a wire, Brooklyn humour dear loss

Published: 13:12 Apr 14, 2015

Minneapolis: New Orleans and Oklahoma City both won vicious games on Monday to stay alive in a conflict for a Western Conference’s final play-off spot, while Brooklyn harm their post-season chances with a detriment to Chicago in a East.

Anthony Davis had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks to pierce a Pelicans one step closer to a play-off berth with a 100-88 feat over Minnesota.

Tyreke Evans combined 22 points and 5 assists and Eric Gordon scored 22 for a Pelicans (44-37). They have a same record as Oklahoma City, though reason a tiebreaker streamer into a deteriorate culmination on Wednesday opposite San Antonio.

The Thunder avoided rejecting by violence Portland 101-90.

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points, Enes Kanter combined 27 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City, who finish opposite Minnesota on Thursday.

Westbrook picked adult his 16th technical during Indiana on Sunday, that would have been an involuntary one-game suspension. It was rescinded on Monday, permitting him to play.

Meyers Leonard scored a career-high 24 points for a Trail Blazers, who already were sealed into a No. 4 play-off mark in a West.

Brooklyn, meanwhile, fell into ninth place in a Eastern Conference after losing to Chicago 113-86.

Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points and Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds as a Bulls clinched home-court advantage in a initial turn of a play-offs.

The Nets will need a win Wednesday and a detriment by Indiana in during slightest one of their final dual games to strech a post-season.

In other games that could impact play-off seeding, a Los Angeles Clippers and Houston both won to set adult a three-way tie with idle San Antonio for a No. 2 seed in a West, while Memphis mislaid to Golden State to tumble to sixth place in a conference.

Article source: http://gulfnews.com/sport/basketball/pelicans-thunder-keep-nba-play-off-hopes-alive-1.1491608

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