Portland Strengthened Their Hold On The Playoffs

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Damian Lillard scored 34 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 140-129 win over the Houston Rockets. Portland (40-20) was unaffected at No. 6 spots in the Western Conference to support their odds at the end of the season games related to leaving the defending Los Angeles Lakers (38-30) at No. 7.

The Trail Blazers and Lakers avoid not playing in the play-in competition where the No. 1 seed will scramble. 7 and No. 8 teams are the 7th seeding in the playoffs and the losers will face the winner between No. 9 and No. 10 squads and scramble the 8th seeding.

Portland will get the season finisher spot in the West when they clear their last three against season finisher bound Utah Jazz (50-19), Phoenix Suns (48-20), and Denver Nuggets (44-24).

A loss by the Trail Blazers and the Lakers 'win in their last four games will give LeBron James' group the No. 1 spot. 6 season finisher spots.

In San Francisco, the Golden State Warriors (36-33) grabbed the play-in pass toward the West with a 119-116 triumph.

In Memphis, the Grizzlies (35-33) gulped the New Orleans Pelicans (31-38) in a 115-110 win going into the play-in competition in the West.

In Atlanta, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's 47-year-old NBA record for triple-double however missed a potential match dominating triple in the Washington Wizards '124-125 loss (32-37) to the Hawks (38-31).

Westbrook recorded his 182nd triple-double subsequent to getting a rebound at 8:29 of the final quarter.

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