Nets to sit six players in season finale vs. Bulls

Lopez' history of foot issues is worth noting heading into a meaningless game, but he has now played at least 72 games in three straight seasons.

The Bulls should easily win this game, especially given that Brooklyn is not even trying to play their starters.

PACERS 104 bt HAWKS 86 - Paul George tallied 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 19 points and seven assists before rolling his left ankle late in the fourth quarter, leading in to a playoff-clinching victory over Atlanta.

That means a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. The progress and improvement is what we see in the locker room.

That game was a good example of what Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard are capable of down low for Atlanta.

It was a bitter ending to one of the most impressive Cinderella sports stories in recent memory - the season of the Miami Heat, a ragtag group that at one point this season had been given up for dead, is over. Then, they lost on the road in Memphis, 95-84.

The Washington Wizards and Miami Heat meet Wednesday in National Basketball Association action at the American Airlines Arena.

The lone Hawks' win against the Wizards was the very first game of the season in Atlanta. Unfortunately for the Heat, the Pacers and Bulls won their games easily and will be the seventh and eighth seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs, respectively. Jimmy Butler scored the game-high 25 points. Iman Shumpert was the Cavs' leading scorer with 11 points.

The Western Conference's playoff picture is nearly complete. The Raptors are the third seed. The Bulls' last win by 47 or more came in February 1991 versus the Kings (129-82; Michael Jordan scored 34 points).

Elfrid Payton scored 21 points, including six in the final 1:10 to ice the victory.

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As the Bulls built a 50-32 halftime advantage - they had led by as many as 24 - a disgusted Atkinson and his bench looked like they couldn't wait to board the charter back home.

KNICKS 114 bt 76ERS 113 - Maurice Ndour's step-back jumper with 18.3 seconds remaining lifted NY over Philadelphia. As much as I loved the way Thibodeau coached, his players quit on him and the franchise at the end of the Cavs series three years ago.

They went 11-30 in the first 41 games, second-worst in the league. Brooklyn has won four of its past six games.

Match-ups for the first round of the playoffs.

Westbrook broke Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles by getting his 42nd on Sunday against Denver. K.J. McDaniels chipped in 15 and Caris LeVert with 10. Brooklyn shot 26 percent from the field and 11 percent from behind the arc. Jamal Murray added 27 points for the Nuggets. That is not the case against the fourth-seeded team, the Washington Wizards, whom they will face in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

DeAndre Jordan tallied 18 points and 17 rebounds.

Home-court for the Clippers-Jazz series was the last remaining unknown part of the playoff schedule — and it went to the Clippers, who pulled away in the second half to beat Sacramento and lock up No. 4.

Conference winners the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-94 and the New Orleans Pelicans were 103-100 winners at the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chicago continued to put the nail in the coffin on the Nets' season as they extended their lead to 39 points. Bobby Portis had 12 points and nine rebounds.

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