Only two games happened last night but both held a direct impact on the West’s playoff picture.
Color me surprised Golden State couldn’t clinch at home. Even with a 20-point lead in the first half and that marvelous Iggy crossover move that became the highlight of the night, the Warriors still found a way to lose against an already eliminated Nuggets team that’s doing their best to ruin others’ postseason.
Timofey Mozgov grabbed a career-best 29 rebounds and tied a career high with 23 points while Kenneth Faried finished with 18 points – including what went on to be the game-winning floater – and 17 boards to rally the Nuggets for a 100-99 win.
The loss means the Warriors still haven’t clinched their playoff spot just yet. With a 48-30 record, they’re now 2.5 games behind fifth-place Portland with four games to play, including one at the Trail Blazers on Sunday and a regular-season finale Wednesday at Denver. GSW’s still one game ahead of Phoenix and Dallas and two in front of Memphis. They’ll have another chance to clinch a playoff berth at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
For the Spurs, they’ve moved closer to the repeating as conference champs after laying down the Dallas Mavericks 109-100. San Antonio’s one win or an Oklahoma City loss to securing the title and home court advantage in the playoffs.
And they did it Thursday night without Tony Parker manning the point for the second straight game. Instead, Patty Mills stepped in, going off for 26 points which included going 6 for 11 from three. Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard added 16, a career-high 16 rebounds and five assists.
For the Mavs, they’re locked into a three-team battle with Phoenix and Memphis — their opponents in the final two games — for the final two playoff spots in the West.