The Golden State Warriors grabbed their first playoff spot since 1994 when they beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-98. With this win, the Warriors beat the Clippers to take the No. 8 seed.
Guard Jason Richardson said that he was happy that the fight for the playoff spot was finally over.
However, the Warriors cannot rest as yet as they have to open the playoffs against the best team in the league, the Dallas Mavericks, which is seen as a matchup between coach Don Nelson and his former team.
In another game, the New Jersey Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 106-97, to take the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference and this win also ensured that the Bulls do not finish second.
The Nets will take on Toronto Raptors in Toronto in the first game of the postseason. The Raptors are the Atlantic Division champions. Vince Carter will be subjected to a lot of boos each time he touches the ball. Carter played for the Raptors for more than 6 years before he was traded to the Nets in December 2004.
The Raptors are looking forward to taking on Carter and the Nets. Toronto's Chris Bosh, Carter's former team mate, said that he was looking forward to the matchup and was certain that Carter wanted to play in Toronto. Raptors could ask for nothing better than taking on a player who helped to build the team.
If Chicago had won against the New Jersey Nets, there would have been a rematch in between the two teams in the first round. Now the Bulls have fallen to No. 5 seed and will take on the defending champions Miami Heat in the first round.