NBA - Trail Blazers in play-offs despite loss
The Portland Trail Blazers secured an NBA play-off spot despite losing 108-87 to the Golden State Warriors after the Sacramento Kings ended the Houston Rockets' hopes.
The Trail Blazers (45-33) sit sixth in the Western Conference four games clear of Houston with four games remaining, and hold the advantage in the tie-breaker.
"It (the play-offs) was one of our goals, so that's good," Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge said after learning Golden State had beaten Houston 104-101.
"But we have to keep building, keep finding our rhythm to move forward."
Portland and the Warriors were locked at 47-all at half-time, but the home side faded badly in the third quarter, allowing 37 points while scoring just 21.
"Tonight was bad," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "This is one of those games where you burn the tape and move on."