Fans greet Oklahoma City Thunder at airport after clinching playoff spot

Tanya Simon
April 13, 2018

Monday's home loss was only the third for the Heat in its last 14 home games. They trailed 81-76 heading into the fourth quarter, but with their playoff hopes on the line, the Thunder found another gear and blitzed the Heat in the final period 39-12. The reigning MVP now needs 16 boards in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies to average a triple-double for the second straight season. Justise Winslow and Tyler Johnson each scored 12 for Miami, and James Johnson added 11. All he cares about is doing whatever it takes to win.

Westbrook enters Wednesday's season finale against the Grizzlies needing 16 rebounds to become the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple double in multiple seasons.

On the season, the Thunder are averaging 107.4 points, 45.1 rebounds and 21.2 assists per game.

And from there, it stayed that way.

We know that the Thunder can clinch on Monday night if they beat Dwyane Wade and the Heat in Miami, however, as it turns out, they can clinch a playoff berth even if they lose in South Beach. It truly put the Thunder in the driver's seat.

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On the season, the Heat are averaging 103.4 points, 43.3 rebounds and 22.7 assists per game. Alex Abrines, who made the first Thunder field-goal attempt on the team's 11th try, was held out of the second half with concussion symptoms.

New Orleans were the other team to clinch on Monday, with the Pelicans trouncing the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 at the Staples Center on the back of a 28-point display from Anthony Davis.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sat midcourt with Heat CEO Nick Arison, his former manager with the Blue Devils.

The team arrived at the airport at 2:30 a.m., but that didn't stop fans from showing up.

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