Basketball: Pelicans end Spurs' winning streak and reach NBA play-offs

NEW ORLEANS (AFP) - The New Orleans Pelicans snapped the San Antonio Spurs' 11-game National Basketball Association (NBA) league winning streak on Wednesday, punching their play-off ticket on the last day of the regular season.

Anthony Davis scored 31 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Pelicans to a 108-103 win over the reigning NBA champions who were storming into the post-season.

With the win, the Pelicans clinched the Western Conference's eighth and final play-off spot and will open on the road against the NBA-best Golden State Warriors.

New Orleans needed the victory to grab their first post-season appearance since 2011 because the Oklahoma City Thunder, also chasing the final berth, trounced lowly Minnesota 138-113.

Russell Westbrook scored 34 of his 37 points in the first half and the Thunder scored a season-high points total. But the effort went unrewarded after the Pelicans handed the Spurs their first defeat since March 24.

Westbrook secured the regular-season scoring for the first time, but was in no mood to celebrate.

"Doesn't mean nothing," he said. "Good job. Hurray. I'm at home. Watching other teams play."

The Spurs would have clinched the Western Conference second seed with a win. Instead Houston secured the second seed with a 117-91 victory over Utah.