x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

San Antonio Spurs secure top play-off spot in the NBA West

Defeat Portland Trail Blazers 124-89 with Tim Duncan scoring 18 points.

Tim Duncan led the point scoring for the San Antonio Spurs.
Tim Duncan led the point scoring for the San Antonio Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs made sure of the top play-off spot in the NBA's Western Conference with a 124-89 drubbing of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Tim Duncan scored 18 points for the victors but Wesley Matthews led all scorers with 24 points for the Trail Blazers.

Elsewhere, the Memphis Grizzlies recovered from a six-point first quarter deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-101.

Kyrie Irving top-scored with 25 for the Cavaliers, while the hosts shared the points around at the FedEx Forum.

A strong final quarter show by the Milwaukee Bucks enabled them to come from behind and defeat the Toronto Raptors 92-86.

Brandon Jennings poured in 25 points for the Bucks, who won the last 30-19 to come out on top in front of their own fans at Brandon Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers started and finished strongest to win 105-87 against the New Jersey Nets.

The visitors won the first 31-18 and the last 29-19 - but there was little between the teams in between.

Paul George's 27 points were the highlight for the Indianapolis Pacers as they held off the Detroit Pistons 103-97, while the Charlotte Bobcats were no match for the Washington Wizards, losing 101-73 in the night's other game.