Pacers, Bulls squeeze NBA playoff spots, Heat come adult short

Los Angeles (AFP) – Paul George delivered 32 points and 11 rebounds as a Indiana Pacers punched their sheet to a NBA postseason on Wednesday with a 104-86 feat over a Atlanta Hawks.

Jeff Teague combined 19 points and 7 assists before rambling his left ankle and withdrawal a diversion in a fourth entertain as a Pacers grabbed a seventh seed in a Eastern Conference on a final day of a 2016-17 unchanging season.

Indiana will open a postseason opposite a Cleveland Cavaliers, who mislaid a No. 1 seed in a Eastern Conference to a Boston Celtics after a Cavs’ better by a Toronto Raptors 98-83.

“I’m vehement about a opportunity,” pronounced George, who done 12 of 21 margin idea attempts opposite a Hawks. “I theory that’s since we’re doing all right.

“When a behind is opposite a wall, we figure things out,” he added. “It only showed a impression of this team, that we knew all along that we should have been a playoff team. We only had to figure out how to play a right way.”

Boston kick a Milwaukee Bucks 112-94 to assistance banish Cleveland to a second seed and indurate home justice advantage by a initial 3 rounds of a playoffs.

The Golden State Warriors are a tip seed in a Western Conference and will horde diversion one of a best-of-seven array Sunday opposite a Portland Trail Blazers.

Having clinched a No. 5 mark in a Eastern Conference playoffs with a Tuesday night feat opposite Charlotte, Atlanta sat ensure Kent Bazemore, ensure Tim Hardaway, brazen Paul Millsap and ensure Dennis Schroder opposite Indiana.

Atlanta will start a playoffs opposite a fourth-seeded Washington Wizards.

The other blank playoff member streamer into Wednesday’s final games was who would get a fourth seed in a West.

Both a Utah Jazz and a Los Angeles Clippers won on Wednesday, though a Clippers claimed home justice advantage in their initial turn array formed on their head-to-head tiebreaker over a Jazz.

Indiana usually pulled divided Wednesday to validate for a playoffs for a second uninterrupted deteriorate and a 22nd time in a past 28 seasons. Myles Turner combined 18 points and 8 rebounds for Indiana, that finished a unchanging deteriorate with 5 uninterrupted wins.

The Hawks were led by Ersan Ilyasova’s 15 points. Jose Calderon combined 12 and Taurean Prince scored 11.

The Pacers got a 14-point third entertain from Teague and done 11 of 17 margin idea attempts during a essential scoring run as they stretched a seven-point halftime lead to an 84-68 lead during a finish of a third quarter.

– Bulls bind –

Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 25 points and a Chicago Bulls clinched a playoff berth with a 112-73 feat over a untimely Brooklyn Nets.

“We all did a pursuit to get us into a playoffs,” Butler said. “Now it’s about winning some games. We’ve only got to hang together and concentration on ourselves.”

Rookie brazen Paul Zipser combined a career-high 21 points off a bench. Chicago claimed a eighth and final seed in a East and will accommodate a strong Celtics in a initial round.

Guard Archie Goodwin scored 20 points to lead a Nets. Brooklyn forsaken to 20-62 on a deteriorate and finished with a misfortune record in a NBA and a fourth-most waste in authorization history.

Chicago shot 43 percent from a margin and 47 percent from over a arc.

The Bulls finished a unchanging deteriorate with an considerable 25-16 record during home. But it’s a opposite design when they go on a road, where they have only 16 wins and 25 losses.

However, that doesn’t worry maestro Dwyane Wade, who is only happy to be in another playoff.

“As a player, 14 years, we consider I’ve been in 12 playoffs,” Wade said. “This is what we play for. This is what we enjoy. You always wish to play your best when a lights are a brightest.”

Meanwhile in Miami, Goran Dragic scored 28 points and a Miami Heat fell brief of reaching a playoffs notwithstanding a 110-102 feat over a Washington Wizards.

Miami (41-41) became a initial group in joining story to finish .500 or above after being during slightest 12 games next .500. Miami topsy-turvy an 11-30 record a initial half of a deteriorate with a 30-11 finish.

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