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The road to the 2017 NBA championship has begun!
After 1,230 games (82 games played for each NBA team), the 2016-2017 NBA regular season has come to a close. And now that the dust has finally settled, here's how this past season settled out.

The Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA season for the third consecutive year in a row with 67 wins and 15 losses (.716), having a 9-1 record over the last 10 games.

The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers settled for the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 51 wins and 31 losses (.622), 2 games behind the Boston Celtics who have the best record in the Eastern Conference - 53 wins and 29 losses (.646).

In this year's coaching carousel, the Orlando Magic fire general manager Rob Hennigan and assistant general manager Scott Perry after the Magic finished the regular season with just 29 wins and 53 losses (.354).

In the previous four years, the Magic went 20-62 in 2012-2013, 23-59 in 2013-2014, 35-47 in 2014-2015 and 29-53 in 2015-2016. GM Rob Hennigan finish his tenure with the Magic with 136 wins and 274 losses (.332).

The worst team in the NBA this past season is the Brooklyn Nets who finished their regular season with just 20 wins and 62 losses (.244). The Nets lost the last 2 games and finished at 5-5 over the last 10 games.

Now, here's how the top eight teams in each conference finished out the 2016-2017 regular season:

* Eastern Conference Standings
1. Boston Celtics**: 53-29 (.646)
2. Cleveland Cavaliers*++: 51-31 (.622)
3. Toronto Raptors*: 51-31 (.622)
4. Washington Wizards: 49-33 (.598)
5. Atlanta Hawks: 43-39 (.524)
6. Milwaukee Bucks: 42-40 (.512)
7. Indiana Pacers: 42-40 (.512)
8. Chicago Bulls: 41-41 (.5)

The following teams in the Eastern Conference have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons

* Western Conference Standings
1. Golden State Warriors***+: 67-15 (.817)
2. San Antonio Spurs**: 61-21 (.744)
3. Houston Rockets*: 55-27 (.671)
4. Los Angeles Clippers: 51-31 (.622)
5. Utah Jazz: 51-31 (.622)
6. Oklahoma City Thunder: 47-35 (.573)
7. Memphis Grizzlies: 43-39 (.524)
8. Portland Trailblazers: 41-41 (.5)

The following teams in the Western Conference have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves

*** - Best record in the NBA
** - Clinched best record in the conference
* - Clinched division title
++ - Defending NBA champion
+ - Defending Western/Eastern Conference champion
Records in (parenthesis) indicates winning percentage.

The top teams in each conference have home court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Teams ranked second and third have clinched a division title and fourth through eighth have clinched a playoff spot. Here's how the playoffs have been set up now:

* Eastern Conference Playoffs
(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Chicago Bulls
(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (7) Indiana Pacers
(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks
(4) Washington Wizards vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks

* Western Conference Playoffs
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Portland Trailblazers
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies
(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Utah Jazz

The winners of the first round of the NBA playoffs will advance to the next round with fewer teams to participate. The losing team will go home for the Summer.

Enjoy the NBA playoffs!


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