The final day of seeding games in the NBA's season restart featured eight teams, a majority of whom were already looking into their seeds and respective playoff matchups.
Scroll below for scores and highlights from each game.
Toronto Raptors 117, Denver Nuggets 109
Stanley Johnson and Paul Watson put on a show in Toronto's final seeding game.
With Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Serge Ibaka getting the day off, Johnson led the team with 23 points and six assists while Watson scored a career-best 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field.
The two connected on a sweet play in the fourth quarter, with Johnson leading Watson to the basket with an alley-oop.
HAVE YOURSELF A GAME @_PWJiii! pic.twitter.com/Tivkmhlwq6- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 14, 2020
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray each played 10 minutes for the Nuggets before resting the rest of the way.
Indiana Pacers 109, Miami Heat 92
Homecourt advantage isn't a factor with every game being played in Orlando, but the Pacers secured the higher seed in their first-round matchup with the Heat with a victory.
Doug McDermott was tied with Kendrick Nunn for game-high honours with 23 points. Malcolm Brogdon posted 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in limited minutes and Alize Johnson recorded an 11-point, 17-rebound double-double.
step- Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) August 14, 2020
𝕒𝕥𝕥𝕒𝕔𝕜#MIAvsIND x @MalcolmBrogdon7 pic.twitter.com/19NntyjSFp
Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. left the game on a stretcher after a headfirst collision coming around a pick. The Heat later tweeted an update on Jones Jr.'s condition:
INJURY UPDATE: After an MRI, CT scan and concussion test, the HEAT announce that Derrick Jones, Jr. has suffered a Neck Strain.- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 15, 2020
Jones, Jr. will be re-evaluated again over the weekend.
LA Clippers 107, Oklahoma City Thunder 103 [OT]
With it being the final seeding game and neither team having a lot at stake, a lot of the key rotation players sat this one out.
No Chris Paul for the OKC Thunder which meant reserve Dennis Schroder, who had returned and completed his quarantine having left the bubble on Aug. 3 to be with his wife for the birth of their second child, could start this one and get his first minutes in Orlando.
Dennis wastes no time in getting back to it. #DennisSchröder | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/CR1Mxx9X9X- OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) August 14, 2020
He finished the game with 17 points and four assists in 25 minutes but it was Hamidou Diallo who stole the show. He finished with career-high tallies of 27 points and 11 rebounds in this overtime loss against a Clippers squad that didn't feature Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams, Pat Beverley, or Marcus Morris Sr.
Some robust flavor to this oop.@terance_mann | @coffeyshop_ pic.twitter.com/1S9mY0ggby- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 15, 2020
With plenty of minutes to play with, the biggest stars for the Clippers were Amir Coffey and Terance Mann. Coffey finished with career-high numbers of 21 points, four assists, and four steals in 50 minutes of action while Mann nearly recorded his first career triple-double with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists.
Note: According to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, Clippers' Montrezl Harrell is expected to complete quarantine and be activated for Game 1 of the playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.
Philadelphia 76ers 134, Houston Rockets 96
Key players for both teams suited up for this one but played limited minutes.
The 76ers shot 49-of-87 (56.3%) while knocking down 18 3-pointers at a clip of 47.4%, en route to scoring a season-high 134 points. Tobias Harris scored a team-high 18 points () while also recording seven rebounds and four assists.
Don't give him space.- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) August 15, 2020
💰 https://t.co/0Z17zPrHXt | @tobias31 pic.twitter.com/9h3F66mVt2
Meanwhile, for the Rockets, James Harden was putting on a highlight reel with his flashy assists.
What a pass. #AssistOfTheGame@BBVA_USA | #CreatingOpportunities pic.twitter.com/aHhFNItO2O- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) August 15, 2020
He finished with 27 points and 10 assists in just 26 minutes of action while Russell Westbrook continued to be sidelined with his quad injury.
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