Tuesday night game round-up: Spurs beat Thunder in OT to finish 40-1 at home

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A full-strength San Antonio Spurs team were pushed all the way by an unusual Oklahoma City Thunder starting five at the AT&T Center last night.

Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge all started and played a decent chunk of minutes in the Spurs' last home game of the regular season, with Coach Pop seemingly wanting to give the San Antonio faithful a good send-off before the start of the playoffs.

It nearly didn't happen, though, as they were forced into overtime by a makeshift Thunder side that had four players top score with 17 points each, as Steven Adams, Dion Waiters, Cameron Payne, and Enes Kanter all reached that mark.

The Spurs managed to pull through for the 102-98 win, however, thanks to another impressive display from Leonard - who finished with 26-5-5 - and Tony Parker's 20 points.

Grizzlies 84, Clippers 110

The hottest team in the Western Conference played against the coldest team and unsurprisingly it was something of a blowout for the LA Clippers.

Los Angeles, who are on a six-game win streak and have won nine of their last 10 games, stormed to victory at the Staples Center. Chris Paul led LAC to the win behind his 12 point, 13 assist performance  while five other players reached double figures on a night where the Clippers shot masterfully.

On the other hand, the Grizzlies have been struggling in recent times and have managed to win just once in their previous ten outings. shot 40% from the field and just 20% from three-point range. Zach Randolph top-scored for Memphis with 14, as they look to tomorrow and their game against the Golden State Warriors.

Heat 99, Pistons 93

The Miami Heat grabbed the win out of a tough contest against the Detroit Pistons on a night where the Heat starting five played big to get the victory that leaves Miami with a shot at landing home-court advantage.

Joe Johnson was the star of the show as the veteran shooting guard finished with 25 points off 10-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The former Nets man was backed up by 17 from Luol Deng and 16 from Goran Dragic on a night where Dwyane Wade had his worst shooting start to a game in a decade.

On the Pistons side of the ball, Andre Drummond dominated in the paint as usual, picking up 18 rebounds, while Marcus Morris finished with 16 & 9 on a night where starting point guard Reggie Jackson got some much-needed rest with the eight seed sewn up.

Knicks 90, Pacers 102

After a year where they missed out, the Indiana Pacers are back in the playoffs having clinched the seventh seed in the East last night with a win over the Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

Paul George and George Hill both top-scored for a celebrating Indiana with 19 points apiece, on a night where the Pacers shot more clinically and got to the free-throw line more than their rivals from New York.

For the Knicks, Derrick Williams led the way with 21 points and Jerian Grant had 18-6-6 as Kurt Rambis had to without both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. 

Sixers 98, Raptors 122

The Toronto Raptors already had the second seed in the East wrapped up before the start of play, but they found out their first round rivals in the playoffs - the Indiana Pacers.

Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey limited everyone but Norman Powell to under 30 minutes of action, and the forward rewarded his coach by being the leading scorer with 18 points, while Terrance Ross and Jonas Valanciunas added 17 each.

Robert Covington was the star of the show for the Sixers, finishing with 24 points, while Nerlens Noel had himself a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Toronto Raptors
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Philadelphia 76ers
Memphis Grizzlies
Detroit Pistons
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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