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NBA: Philadelphia claim playoff berth

PARTY POOPERS:The 76ers spoiled the Nets final game in New Jersey before they move to Brooklyn next season and they eliminated the Bucks from the playoffs

AP, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand, second left, battles for a rebound with New Jersey Nets center Johan Petro, left, and guard Anthony Morrow, second right, in the first quarter of their NBA game in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. The Nets played their final home game in New Jersey after 35 years on Monday.

Photo: Reuters

Philadelphia secured the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and spoiled the Nets’ final game in New Jersey with a 105-87 win on Monday night.

Thaddeus Young scored all 15 of his points in the second half to help the 76ers make the post-season for the second straight year and eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks from playoff contention.

Jrue Holiday and Elton Brand added 15 points apiece, while Andre Iguodala had 14 points and nine assists for Philadelphia.

MarShon Brooks had 18 points to lead the Nets, who will move into a new arena in Brooklyn next season.

SPURS 124, TRAIL BLAZERS 89

In San Antonio, Texas, Tim Duncan and Danny Green both scored 18 points as San Antonio clinched the top playoff spot in the Western Conference and pushed their winning streak to eight.

Wesley Matthews had 24 points for Portland, who lost their sixth straight and have one game left in a tumultuous season.

The Spurs secured the top seed with a second-half surge, winning 22 of their past 25 games.

J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the injury-depleted Trail Blazers, who again only used nine players.

WIZARDS 101, BOBCATS 73

In Washington, John Wall had 16 points and 14 assists, Nene scored 18 points and Jan Vesely had 16 points on eight-for-eight shooting as Washington handed Charlotte their 21st straight loss.

The Wizards have their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 9 to Dec. 13, 2007. The 28-point margin of victory equaled their largest of the season.

The Bobcats were competitive for most of the first quarter until Charlotte’s Tyrus Thomas was ejected with 3.6 seconds remaining for throwing an elbow at Washington’s James Singleton. Singleton made two free throws.

Gerald Henderson had 19 points for the Bobcats, while D.J. Augustin added 15.

If Charlotte (7-57) lose their final two games, they will finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. They play in Orlando, Florida, today and at home tomorrow against New York.

PACERS 103, PISTONS 97

In Indianapolis, Indiana, Paul George scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana downed Detroit.

George made 13 of 15 free throws and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers. David West scored 20 points, while Leandro Barbosa and Tyler Hansbrough added 13 points each for Indiana.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel rested regular starters Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and George Hill since Indiana are locked into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Greg Monroe scored 18 points, Brandon Knight had 16 and Tayshaun Prince added 14 for the Pistons.

Detroit held the Pacers to 38 percent shooting, but Indiana forced 18 turnovers and outrebounded the Pistons 56-42.

GRIZZLIES 109, CAVALIERS 101

In Memphis, Tennessee, Marreese Speights had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Marc Gasol also scored 17 points as Memphis won their fifth straight game.

Rudy Gay scored 15 points, O.J. Mayo had 14, Tony Allen added 13 points and a franchise-record eight steals for the Grizzlies, who won their 10th straight at home. Gay and Mayo led a rally that allowed Memphis to finally put the game away in the closing minutes.

The Grizzlies pulled a half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers hold the tiebreaker between the teams.

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