New Orleans, Brooklyn clinch last two playoff spots

Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:20am EDT
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(Reuters) - The New Orleans Pelicans and Brookyln Nets clinched playoff spots on the final night of the NBA regular season on Wednesday.

The Pelicans nabbed the eighth seed in the powerful Western Conference, edging Oklahoma City as both teams finished with identical 45-37 records.

In the East, the Nets clinched the eighth and final spot, tipping out the Indiana Pacers.

Oklahoma City won their season finale over the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it counted for nothing as New Orleans beat the San Antonio Spurs.

The Pelicans advanced courtesy of their 3-1 regular-season head-to-head record over the Thunder.

The reward for New Orleans is a first-round match-up against the top seed Golden State Warriors.

San Antonio, meanwhile, would have been seeded second in the West had they beaten the Pelicans. Instead, the reigning NBA champions plummeted to the sixth seed.

They will play the Los Angeles Clippers (third) in the first round of the playoffs.

In other match-ups, the Houston Rockets (second) will play the Dallas Mavericks (seventh) in an all-Texas showdown, while the Portland Trail Blazers (fourth) will meet the Memphis Grizzlies (fifth).   Continued...

Apr 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates with guard Quincy Pondexter (20) after defeating the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports