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Rockets clinch #1 seed

This will be the first season since 2014 that the Golden State Warriors haven't been the top overall seed in the playoffs.


Kahron Spearman


With the Golden State Warriors' 116-107 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Houston Rockets (61-14) have cemented their place in the playoff race and clinched the top seed.

It's the first year Golden State hasn't been the top overall seed since 2014.

Their magic number for the league's best record, over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors, is now at two games. Houston leads Toronto by six games, but the Raptors have swept the season series.

Rockets magic number to clinch homecourt advantage through the post-season down to two games. They have won 31 of 33 games with the two losses on the road by a total of five points. Home win streak up to 17 games.

The Rockets, who are in the midst of a 10-game win streak, have had the help of a series of unfortunate injuries to the Golden State Warriors - including to Stephen Curry (ankle/knee), Klay Thompson (fractured thumb), and Kevin Durant (ribs).

Draymond Green had also been out, and Andre Iguodala left the Bucks' loss with a sore left knee. Curry is expected to be out through the first round of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Rockets have a largely clean bill of health.

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