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NBA’s historic triple tie: three teams, one crown in the West

In the grand arena of basketball, where legends are forged and dreams realized, the NBA’s Western Conference is about to witness a finale of epic proportions. As the regular season draws to a thundering close, the fate of several teams hangs in the balance, poised on the knife’s edge of glory or despair. These final moments are not just about games; they are the culmination of a season’s worth of battles, where champions are forged, and hearts are broken.

The countdown to the Playoffs has reached its crescendo, with only one regular-season game left. What makes this moment even more monumental is the triple tie at the top of the Western Conference. Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Oklahoma City Thunder will each enter the final day of the NBA regular season with the same record: 56-25.

This historic moment marks the first time in league history that three teams, through 81 games, all have the same record and chance to capture the #1 seed in their respective conference.

What sets the Western Conference ablaze with anticipation is the remarkable parity among its top contenders. The chasm between the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference, held by the mighty Boston Celtics with 63 victories, and the 2nd seed, claimed by the resolute Milwaukee Bucks with 49 wins, is a stark contrast to the Western Conference.

In the West, the 1st seed, currently occupied by this triple tie between the defending champions Nuggets, the young Thunder, and the rising Timberwolves, all of them with 56 wins, is not far removed from the 10th seed. The Kings and Warriors, each with 45 wins, stand as a testament to the unparalleled competitiveness of the West this season.

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First in line for this epic tale are the Denver Nuggets. In a game that seemed well in hand against one of the league’s struggling teams, the San Antonio Spurs, it was Victor Wembanyama’s incredible third quarter performance that turned the tide.

Scoring 17 points in just 3 minutes, Wembanyama displayed the kind of skill and tenacity that has him leading the Rookie of the Year award, and in contention for the Defensive Player of the Year award, competing closely with Rudy Gobert.

Speaking of Gobert, in yesterday’s win against the Atlanta Hawks, he put on a clinic with 25 points on a perfect 10-for-10 shooting, 19 rebounds, one steal, and an astonishing 5 blocks. His dominance in the paint is a force to be reckoned with as the Playoffs loom.

The French centre is a key piece for the Minnesota Timberwolves; their path to the Playoffs has been nothing short of dramatic. Each game has been a battle, each victory a hard-fought testament to their resilience. With the #1 seed within their grasp, the Timberwolves stand ready to face their destiny.

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And then there’s the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that has defied expectations throughout the season. Their rise to the top has been both surprising and awe-inspiring.

A very young team led by their 25-year-old star, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder have shown remarkable poise under pressure. In a recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks, missing their top players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, the Thunder pulled off a solid victory at home: 107-125.

While Shai Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t have his best shooting night (23 points on 33.3% FG), Chet Holmgren stepped up with 22 points (69.2% FG), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks. This young team is proving that they are ready for the playoff spotlight.

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Amid this triple tie, a pivotal game took place that shook the foundation of the standings. The Los Angeles Lakers faced off against the Memphis Grizzlies in a game that was crucial for their playoff hopes. In a nail-biting match, the Lakers emerged victorious with a score of 123 to 120.

LeBron James, at 39 years old, put the exclamation points on the Lakers’ victory with a spectacular reverse dunk with five seconds left. He landed a few feet from the Grizzlies’ bench and celebrated with a big smile dedicated to his opponents, especially Ja Morant, before receiving hugs from his teammates.

The King led the charge with 37 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, displaying his trademark dominance on the court. Anthony Davis was equally formidable, contributing with 36 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and two blocks. This win was not just a victory; it was a statement of intent from a team hungry for another championship.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors found themselves in a must-win situation against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans, with 48 wins before the game, were determined to secure their spot in the Playoffs and avoid the Play-in tournament.

In this clash of titans, the Pelicans emerged victorious, burying the Warriors into the Play-in. Zion Williamson led the charge with 26 points, supported by Trey Murphy III with 24 points and CJ McCollum with 28 points, scoring 8 of his 13 3pts attempts.

Despite the loss, Stephen Curry’s brilliance shone through as he scored 33 points, showcasing once again his incredible shooting prowess. However, Curry’s “Splash Brother,” Klay Thompson, had a challenging game, scoring only 19 points on 31.6% shooting. The Warriors will need both of their stars firing on all cylinders as they head into the Playoffs.

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Another critical game unfolded between the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings. The Suns, with 47 wins to their name, faced off against the Kings, who were tied with Golden State at 45 wins. It was a closely contested battle, with the Suns ultimately emerging victorious with a narrow 108-107 win in Sacramento.

Kevin Durant led the Suns with 28 points, continuing his impressive season and probably securing home field advantage for the play-in with their 48th win.

Bradley Beal has been on fire in the last four games, leading the team in scoring with an average of 24.5 points per game on an incredible shooting performance (59.7% FG and 65% on 3pts). Kevin Durant demanded more from his teammate after Bradley Beal’s seven-points performance in a win against Cleveland.

“Brad’s done a good job of making the extra pass, getting into the lane, finding guys. We actually want him to be more aggressive,” Durant said.

The former Washington Wizards’ star delivered.

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On the Kings’ side, De’Aaron Fox, who has been averaging an impressive 26.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2 steals per game, led the charge with 23 points. Domantas Sabonis contributed with nearly a triple-double: 25 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals, while Keegan Murray added 23 points and 7 rebounds.

Despite the loss, the Kings are on the cusp of the Playoffs, tied with the Warriors with 45 wins. Their coach, Mike Brown, praised Fox’s performance after a tough loss against the Boston Celtics.

“Fox was phenomenal, especially down the stretch with him having 40. … He stepped up like he should have. Gave us a chance to win,” Mike said.

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As the regular season draws to a close, the upcoming games are set to be monumental. Home advantage is key during the Playoffs.

In the epic finale of the regular season, the path to the top seed in the Western Conference seems clearer for the Denver Nuggets. Their final showdown sees them facing the Grizzlies in Memphis, a team with a record of 27-54 and out of playoff contention.

Meanwhile, the Suns will host the Minnesota Timberwolves, setting the stage for a battle of titans. The Dallas Mavericks are poised to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on their home turf.

In the lower echelons of the standings, the Portland Trail Blazers prepare to take on the Kings in Sacramento, the Utah Jazz brace for a clash with the Golden State Warriors at home, and the Lakers gear up for an epic showdown against the Pelicans in New Orleans.

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Who is hungrier, with the burning ambition to triumph in these final moments and claim home advantage in the Playoffs?

With the Playoffs beginning on April 20th and the Play-In tournament scheduled between the 16th and 19th of April, the stage is set for the ultimate showdown. Every game, every shot, will reverberate with the weight of destiny.

The Western Conference playoff race is not merely a series of games; it is a saga of determination, resilience, and the unyielding spirit of champions.

As the players lace up their sneakers, as the coaches draw up their strategies, and as the fans hold their collective breaths, one truth becomes evident: these moments are not just games; they are the defining moments of a season filled with sweat, sacrifice, and unbridled passion. Let the games begin.



  • Òscar Llopis I Balanyà

    23-year-old sports journalist, fluent in French, Catalan and Spanish. I am a football addict, who’s also interested in basketball and futsal. Above all, I’m a Barça lover and the biggest Messi fan in the world! If you have any exciting information or questions to ask, don’t hesitate to contact me!