After the San Antonio Spurs wrapped up the regular season with a 135-101 rout of the Dallas Mavericks, owner Red McCombs and head coach Larry Brown went to a sports bar to watch another NBA game.
The Spurs' hopes of winning the Midwest Division hinged upon Golden State beating the Utah Jazz, and when the Warriors pulled off a 125-106 upset Sunday night, two hours after the Spurs' victory, McCombs and Brown went wild along with their fans.The Jazz, who had a tiebreaker advantage over the Spurs, fell to 54-28 with the loss, a game behind the Spurs' 55-27 finish. So San Antonio will play host to seventh-seeded Golden State Thursday in the playoffs.
The Spurs controlled their own destiny after a dramatic victory in Houston Thursday night, but then lost Friday night to Denver, the last-place team in the Midwest Division, which sent the advantage back to Utah.
After that, Brown said, he held out little hope his team would end up on top.
San Antonio started off strong Sunday and never trailed. They held a 61-41 lead at the half and were ahead 90-49 late in the third quarter.
Spurs rookie Tony Massenburg led all scorers with a career-high 19 points. In all, nine Spurs players scored in double figures, including David Robinson, who had 16 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Timberwolves 89, Bullets 87
At Landover, Md., Tony Campbell hit a 15-footer from the baseline before the buzzer to cap a 20-point comeback by Minnesota. Campbell finished with 22 points and Scott Brooks scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota.
Cavaliers 123, 76ers 110
At Richfield, Ohio, Hot Rod Williams scored 20 points to lead Cleveland. The Cavaliers placed seven players in double figures, as Larry Nance added 19 points and rookie Danny Ferry had 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.
Bulls 108, Pistons 100
At Chicago, Scottie Pippen scored a game-high 28 points and Michael Jordan wrapped up his fifth consecutive scoring title to help the Chicago Bulls close out the regular season. Isiah Thomas, who missed more than two months after undergoing wrist surgery, took a shot to the wrist while driving the lane with 7:14 left.
Kings 105, Clippers 101
At Sacramento, Calif., Antoine Carr scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter Sunday to lead the Kings. Sacramento, which holds the NBA record for most consecutive road losses with 37, ended the season with a record of 25-57.
Magic 120, Nets 110
At Orlando, Fla., Nick Anderson scored 27 points and Scott Skiles added 25 to give the Magic their 10th win in the last 12 home games.
Houston 131, Denver 125
At Houston, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Larry Smith's 3-point play with 17 seconds left sent the Rockets to a franchise-record 52nd victory.
Lakers 103, Supersonics 101
At Inglewood, Calif., Terry Teagle scored a team-high 19 points including a key late-period jumper to lift the Lakers.
Hawks 117, Celtics 105
Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak and handed Boston just its sixth home loss behind Dominique Wilkins' 24 points.