The Western Conference playoff teams are just about set.
After San Antonio’s 116-110 win over the Cavaliers and the Kings’ 121-118 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, the Spurs (44-32) are 6 1/2 games up on Sacramento (37-38), which has seven games left to play.
One loss from the Kings and their playoff hopes are dashed.
It was a great run for this young Sacramento team, but it’s over. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, though. The team has a new young leader at point guard in De’Aaron Fox, a more-than-capable scorer in Buddy Hield, a solid rookie in Marvin Bagley III and a Sixth Man of the Year candidate in Bogdan Bogdanovic.
While they didn’t get to the playoffs this season, if they continue to build on what they accomplished this year, the postseason will be there for the taking soon.
Studs of the Night
Joel Embiid scored 14 of Philadelphia’s first 19 points and 39 on the night to go with 13 rebounds and six assists in the 76ers’ 123-110 win over the Nets.
Heat point guard Goran Dragic tallied his first triple-double of the season with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in Miami’s 105-99 win over Dallas.
Bucks forward Khris Middleton scored 39 points and added nine rebounds in Milwaukee’s 128-118 win over the Clippers.
James Harden scored 38 points and added six rebounds and six assists in Houston’s 112-85 drubbing of the Nuggets.
Dud of the Night
Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. had more turnovers (2) than assists (1) while shooting 2 of 11 from the floor and scoring seven points in a 117-92 loss to the Raptors.
There is nothing to hate about this clip for Pistons fans as the team tallied two blocks and a nice save on the defensive end and added some nice passing which led to a 3-pointer at the other end in a 115-98 win over the Magic.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 28, 2019
Hornets (35-39) at Lakers (33-42) 10:30 p.m. ET — The Hornets can move within one game of a playoff spot in the East with a win on Friday. The Nets, Magic, Heat and Pistons are all off, so Charlotte makes progress with a win no matter what with eight games left to play.