The Dallas Morning News

Much at stake on final day

No. 1 seed in the East, last two playoff spots remain to be settled


There will be final-night intrigue in the NBA.

The two remaining playoff berths will be decided Wednesday, along with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the site for Game 1 of the series that starts this weekend between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers.

Boston controls the race for the top seed in the East. The Celtics will be No. 1 in the East if they beat Milwaukee, or if Cleveland loses to Toronto.

It’s three teams — Indiana, Chicago and Miami — for the last two spots in the East field. Indiana (which plays Atlanta) and Chicago (which plays Brooklyn) control their destinies.

If the Pacers win, they’re in. If the Bulls win, they’re in. If either loses, the door opens for Miami to reach the playoffs with a win over Washington.

Hawks 103, Hornets 76: In Atlanta, Dwight Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks won their fourth straight to wrap up the No. 5 seed in the East.

Thunder 100, Timberwolv­es 98: In Minneapoli­s, with Russell Westbrook resting for the first time this season, Oklahoma City got 20 points from Victor Oladipo, who hit a decisive jumper with 6.3 seconds to play.

Kings 129, Suns 104: In Sacramento, Calif., Buddy Hield scored a career-high 30 points, and Ty Lawson had his first career triple-double, getting 22 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, leading the Kings over Phoenix.

Lakers 108, Pelicans 96: In Los Angeles, Metta World Peace scored 18 points in what might have been his final home game for the Lakers, and Los Angeles extended its late-season winning streak to five.


Cleveland: LeBron James will sit out Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Toronto, resting a strained right calf for the playoffs.

New York: Carmelo Anthony probably won’t play in the season finale Wednesday against Philadelph­ia because of a sore left knee.

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