2018 NBA Playoffs are Set After Regular Season Final Night Thriller April 12, 2018 16:20
One of the greatest things about basketball is that you can't always call the outcome. Nothing is ever set in stone until the final whistle, which is why this time of year is so exciting in the NBA.
The regular season finished last night, leaving the top 8 spots in each conference looking like this:
|EASTERN CONFERENCE||WESTERN CONFERENCE|
|1. Toronto Raptors||1. Houston Rockets|
|2. Boston Celtics||2. Golden State Warriors|
|3. Philadelphia 76ers||3. Portland Trailblazers|
|4. Cleveland Cavaliers||4. Oklahoma City Thunder|
|5. Indiana Pacers||5. Utah Jazz|
|6. Miami Heat||6. New Orleans Pelicans|
|7. Milwaukee Bucks||7. San Antonio Spurs|
|8. Washington Wizards||8. Minnesota Timberwolves|
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets, in an 112 - 106 overtime thriller last night, to secure the final playoff spot, and head into the post-season for the first time in 14 years.
The Timberwolves weren't the only ones making waves as the regular season came to a close. The Philadelphia 76ers won their 16th straight game, in a convincing final game against the Milwaukee Bucks, giving them 3rd seed in the East (who could have guessed?). Those 16 straight wins are the best to ever end a regular season for any team in the league.
To top things off, young Sixers talent, Markelle Fultz, used the last game of the regular season to chalk up his first career triple-double, becoming the youngest player ever to get a triple-double in the NBA at just 19 years and 317 days old. Philadelphia fans will have high hopes for their team, especially given the hype around the wider Philly sports scene this year, with the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl and Villanova Wildcats winning the NCAA Championship.
Another huge NBA milestone to come about on the last night of the regular season, was Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook grabbing 20 rebounds, to ensure that the finished his second straight season, averaging a triple-double. Prior to last season, only Oscar Robertson had ever even averaged a triple-double in a season, and now Westbrook has done it in back-to-back seasons. Incredible.
With all of that said and done, this is what the NBA Playoffs now look like for 2018, with the first games getting under way on Saturday 14th April.