Nets book playoff place; Grizzlies end winless run; Celtics produce dominant display against Raptors
The Brooklyn Nets overcame the Sacramento Kings to secure their spot in the playoffs, while the Memphis Grizzlies ended their winless run in Orlando with a timely victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The บอลวันนี้ Nets confirmed their place in the playoffs for a second successive season as Caris LeVert produced 22 points to help them to a 119-106 victory over the Kings on Friday night.
It came as an impressive response to Wednesday's 149-115 loss to the Boston Celtics, leaving them 3-2 since the restart and seventh in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Orlando Magic, who they meet on Tuesday.
LeVert made nine of 21 shots and supplied seven assists, while Joe Harris had 21 points and center Jarrett Allen teased a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best eight assists.
Chris Chiozza and Tyler Johnson chipped in with 14 points each, Garrett Temple had 12 and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had 10 as the Nets made 17 three-pointers and recorded 30 assists on the night.
The Kings fell to 1-4 since the restart after going 10-5 in their final 15 games before the pause on March 11, dropping to 13th in the West and 3 1/2 games behind eighth-placed Memphis.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings with 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting. De'Aaron Fox, meanwhile, put up 21 points, Harrison Barnes had 16 and Buddy Hield came off the bench to score 17, but the Kings were punished for a 42.7 shot percentage and their 15 turnovers.
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