Former Duquesne guard Aaron Jackson, who has played professionally overseas since graduating from DU in 2009, made his National Basketball Association debut last night as a member of the Houston Rockets. Justin Anderson led the Sixers with 25 points, and Dario Saric had 24.
NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis had 22 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three steals, and New Orleans assured itself no worse than the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
With possession of the ball just outside the arc, the center faked a 3-pointer, which Nikola Jokic fell for, resulting in space behind him being created for the Minnesota star to drive in to.
The Sixers closed the regular season on a 16-game winning streak, the longest ever for a team entering the postseason, winning half of those games with All-Star center Joel Embiid sidelined by a facial fracture.
And he was terrific in his final outing with 35 points and 10 rebounds, including a 17-point outburst on 7-of-7 shooting in the third quarter.
Denver, which had won six consecutive games to force this winner-take-all contest, was eliminated from playoff contention.
After the game, the Timberwolves expressed to ESPN how emotional he was with the team making the playoffs because of a promise he made to former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders, who passed away in October 2015. They swept the season series with a 129-120 win in Minnesota in March, in a game in which Jimmy Butler missed since he hurt his knee in the previous meeting with Houston.
Murray was frustrated with himself again after the game, calling those misfires "stupid" while also lamenting his missed 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime.
Here are two leftovers before we fully turn our attention to the Wolves' first-round playoff series against Houston (starting Sunday) and the temporary chaos, for however long it lasts, of having both the Wolves and Wild in the playoffs. He also had six points and 19 assists against the Grizzlies to finish the season with averages of 25.4 and 10.3, respectively, in those categories. Jimmy Butler scored 31 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 26 and 14 rebounds in 47 minutes for the Wolves, who will be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and play the Rockets Round 1. Moreover, the Wolves' inability to guard the three-point line will lead to an early exit. But then neither team could make a shot over the final two minutes sending the game to overtime.
A career-high 23 points from rookie Luke Kennard helped the Detroit Pistons coast to a 119-87 win over the Chicago Bulls. Towns chipped in a double-double (26 points, 14 rebounds) and Andrew Wiggins had 18 points.
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