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.
Andrew Wiggins sank two foul shots with 15 seconds remaining to finish with 18 points, and the Wolves were finally on their way to a celebration more than a decade in the making. He pulled down his 16th rebound with just more than nine minutes left in the third quarter and received a standing ovation. "Theirs was too", said Will Barton, who had 24 points but shot just 3 for 12 after halftime. Dillon Brooks scored a career-high 36 points for Memphis. We can't wait until the last 10 games before we start playing like the team we should be playing (as). As for Butler, he would average 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest in his first season with the Wolves. They lost twice at Dallas, including a March 6 defeat in which Jokic and Murray were benched for the entire fourth quarter.
Embiid wore a black mask during warmups to protect his broken bone around his left eye, then changed into gold sneakers and a peach-colored jacket to watch the Sixers romp to a stunning 80-44 lead at the break.
Houston, the top seed in the Western Conference, faces Minnesota in round one of the playoffs starting Sunday.
Tickets for Games 1 and 2 of the Rockets First Round series against the Timberwolves are available for purchase now at Rockets.com and ToyotaCenter.com, which are the only verified sites to purchase secure playoff tickets sold by the Rockets or resold by their fans. This was the first final-day play-in game in the league in 21 years. 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.
Ellington finished with eight 3-pointers, giving him 227 for the season.
Toronto (59-23) had long since clinched the East's No. 1 seed. Jokic ate Karl-Anthony Towns alive, scoring most of his game-high 35 points before Thibodeau made Gibson stick to him. Moreover, the Wolves' inability to guard the three-point line will lead to an early exit. Towns leads in rebounds with 12.3 while Teague tops in assists with 7.0 per game.
Anthony Tolliver had 18 points and Henry Ellenson added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Game 82 for both teams will have a Game 7 feel, which is a fitting way to transition from the regular season to the postseason.
After 14 years away, the Minnesota Timberwolves are back in the playoffs.
The Wizards (43-39) came into the game as the final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and the loss prevented Washington from moving up.
Nuggets: Jokic posted his seventh 30-point game of the season, three of those in the last six games.
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. They met in the opening round of the 1997 playoffs with the Rockets sweeping that best-of-five series.