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Western Conference Playoff Report: April 1

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Tonight every WC playoff squad won with the exception of the Los Angeles Lakers and the idle Denver Nuggets. The Suns kept pace with a win in New Jersey. Memphis all but had it sewn up against the Mavericks in the 4th but blew the lead and later the game in OT. The Mavs must face the Orlando Magic at home on the second night of back to backs Thursday.

Wednesday Western Conference Results:

Atlanta Hawks 109 Los Angeles Lakers 92-The Lakers lose their second straight on the road. They finished out a 5 game trip 2-3. LA shot 45%, the Hawks 54% and Atlanta's bench outscored the Lakers 48-22. (Game Recap)

Oklahoma City Thunder 109 Boston Celtics 104-Kevin Durant tossed in 37 points and 8 boards while Russell Westbrook dropped in 21 and 10 as the Thunder won despite allowing Boston to shoot 59% from the field. (Game Recap)

Dallas Mavericks 106 Memphis Grizzlies 102 (OT)- The Grizz blew a 13 point lead with 4 minutes left and Dirk Nowitzki made 6 of his last 8 shots to lead the Mavs. One more Grizz loss or Spurs win eliminates Memphis from the playoff hunt. (Game Recap)

Portland Trail Blazers 118 New York Knicks 90-  The Blazers balanced attack destroyed the Knicks. No surprises here. LaMarcus Aldridge shot 10-12 from the field for 21 points. (Game Recap)

San Antonio Spurs 119 Houston Rockets 102- George Hill scored 30, and the Rockets shot an impressively awful 41% from the field. Ginobili came back to add 18 and 10 assists, and Timmay added 17 and 10 boards.  (Game Recap)

Phoenix Suns 115 New Jersey Nets 105- Steve Nash went 24 and 14, Jason Richardson scored 23, and Jared Dudley anchored the bench with a perfect 5 of 5 from the field. The Notorious ITP has your recap right here.

Utah Jazz 128 Golden State Warriors 104- This was over before the tip. Boozer had 25 and Deron Williams went crazy with 19 assists. (Game Recap)

 

Western Conference Standings:

 

TEAM W L PCT GB L10 STREAK
1.  LA Lakers 54 21 .720 - 7-3 LOST 2
2.  Dallas 50 25 .667 4
6-4 WON 3
3.  Utah
50 26 .658 4.5 8-2 WON 3
4.  SUNS 49 26 .653 5.0 9-1 WON 9
5.  Denver 48 27 .640 6.0 4-6 LOST 2
6.  Oklahoma City
46 28 .622 7.5 6-4 WON 2
7.  Portland 46 29 .613 8.0 9-1 WON 4
8.  San Antonio
45 29 .608 8.5
6-4 WON 1
-  Memphis 38 35 .521 15.5 6-4 LOST 3

 

Thursday WC Games of Interest:

Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets

Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks