The Philadelphia 76ers finally locked in their place at the top of the Eastern Conference on Friday night, doing so by defeating the Orlando Magic 122-97. Having been in a three-team race with Brooklyn and Milwaukee in recent week, the Sixers got themselves across the line with a game to spare following a fairly routine victory in which Seth Curry led them in scoring with 20 points while Joel Embiid had a quiet double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It marks the first time the Sixers have taken the top seed since 2000-01 when Allen Iverson suited up for them, and it sees to it that they won’t face the Nets or Bucks until the conference finals as well as giving them home-court advantage.
Elsewhere, a couple of other teams were making their ways into the playoffs as well. The Washington Wizards, by virtue of a 120-105 win over Cleveland ensured at least a top ten place and thus knocking out the Chicago Bulls. They’ve been 16-6 since April 5th, underlining just how good they’ve been, and they still can improve their positioning as the season finishes out. The Dallas Mavericks did one better than Washington. They made sure they would have at least a five or six seed thanks to a 114-110 win triumph over the Toronto Raptors. Luka Doncic recorded his 11th triple-double with 20 points, ten rebounds, and 11 assists and Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points to get them across the proverbial line. Now, the six-seed is to be determined, with both Portland and the Lakers duking it out to see who will have to go through the potentially perilous play-in.