Thursday, April 16
DALLAS (AP) — Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-98 last night. The Mavericks have been locked into the seventh seed in the Western Conference for a week. The Blazers have the fourth seed as Northwest Division champions. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 19 points.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans earned their first playoff berth since 2011 with a 108-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night. Davis came through in the waning minutes with a pair of clutch jumpers, two blocks and two rebounds to prevent the Spurs from pulling off a 23-point comeback. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists for New Orleans.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Houston Rockets never trailed in a 117-91 victory over the Utah Jazz last night in the regular-season finale. The Rockets were up by 11 after one and used a 34-point second quarter to build a 30-point lead by halftime. The Jazz didn't threaten after that. Bryce Cotton had 14 points for the Jazz.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Trout had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 10-2 in a series finale yesterday. Santiago allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. Los Angeles went ahead to stay with a six-run second off Anthony Ranaudo.