The Houston Rockets clinched homecourt advantage in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers by defeating the San Antonio Spurs, 104-98, in Houston on Monday night.
Houston (54-27) will occupy the West's No. 4 seed while Portland (53-28) will occupy the No. 5 seed. The Rockets hold the tiebreaker between the two teams by winning the season series 3-1, so the season finales for both teams will not affect their respective positions in the standings.
Portland will complete its 2013-14 season on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
A number of Blazers players discussed X-factors and the keys to a series against the Rockets on Sunday night.
The 2014 playoffs are set to begin this weekend.
You can check out Blazersedge's Rockets/Spurs Gameday Thread right here.
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