Bulls win eliminates Heat; Celtics clinch top seed; Harden triple-doubles

Celtics (53-29) 112, Bucks (42-40) 94

Holding a two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Celtics outscored the Bucks 32-16 in the final 12 minutes to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs. Gerald Green (18/6/1) led Boston in scoring off the bench, going 6-for-15 shooting in 21 minutes on the court.

Magic (29-53) 113, Pistons (37-45) 109

Orlando held a 38-17 lead after the first quarter. Led by Aaron Gordon (32/12/0), Elfrid Payton (21/5/13) and Nikola Vucevic (18/11/1), the Magic held on despite a valiant comeback effort by Detroit. Ish Smith (20/4/10) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20/4/0) led the charge for the Pistons in the loss.

Raptors (51-31) 98, Cavaliers (51-31) 83

Cleveland decided to rest LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving again and DeMar DeRozan missed the game for Toronto with an illness. His replacement Norman Powell (25/2/2) went an efficient 10-for-13 from the field in the victory. Meanwhile, no one on the Cavaliers topped 11 points in the losing effort. Veteran shooting guard James Jones (9/6/2) went a terrible 3-for-16 shooting off the bench for the Cavs.

Knicks (31-51) 114, 76ers (28-54) 113

New York outscored Philly 36-26 in the final quarter in the come-from-behind victory. While 76ers shooting guard Justin Anderson (26/2/3) was sensational, going 9-for-10 shooting on the night, youngsters Justin Holiday (20/5/1) and Marshall Plumlee (14/11/0) came through off the bench for the Knicks, who shot 51.3 percent for the game, including 9-of-22 from three.

Heat (41-41) 110, Wizards (49-33) 102

Despite the victory, the Heat just missed out on the playoffs, as the Bulls grabbed the eighth and final seed with their win. Goran Dragic (28/4/5) and Hassan Whiteside (24/18/0) were sensational for Miami in the victory. Meanwhile, Trey Burke (27/0/4) had a surprise performance for the Wizards in the losing effort.

Bulls (41-41) 112, Nets (20-62) 73

Brooklyn decided to rest pretty much half their entire team for this game, which allowed Chicago to coast to an easy victory. As a result, they earned the eighth seed in the East. The Bulls were led by Jimmy Butler (25/6/4) and Paul Zipser (21/6/2) in the scoring column. The Bulls outscored the Nets 27-13 in the first quarter and 37-17 in the final quarter in the blowout.

Mavericks (33-49) 100, Grizzlies (43-39) 93

Though Memphis won the rebounding battle 48-37, they shot just 39.3 percent in what was a very chippy game. In fact, 42 total fouls were called between the two clubs, which resulted in a total of 53 free throws being attempted. The playoff-bound Grizzlies only allowed Marc Gasol (13/8/4) to play 24 minutes and Mike Conley (15/2/2) to play 17 minutes in what was essentially a meaningless game for them.

Rockets (55-27) 123, Timberwolves (31-51) 118

Despite an insane performance by Karl-Anthony Towns (28/21/3), Houston benefitted from all five of their starters scoring in double-figures. Per usual, James Harden (27/10/12) filled the stat sheet with a triple-double. Clint Capela (22/10/2) and Ryan Anderson (20/2/4) also passed the 20-point threshold for the Rockets in the win.

Nuggets (40-42) 111, Thunder (47-35) 105

Fresh off of his first rest day of the year, Russell Westbrook (5/5/8) struggled in his 18 minutes on the floor, going just 2-for-10 shooting. However, in this one, all eyes were on Nikola Jokic (29/16/8), who went 9-for-14 from the floor, 11-of-14 from the free throw line and had five blocks on the night to cap off a breakout season.

Pacers (42-40) 104, Hawks (43-39) 86

Atlanta rested Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap, Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr. in this matchup since they had already clinched a playoff spot. Paul George (32/11/3) led the way for the Pacers, going 12-for-21 from the floor, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. With the win, Indiana clinched the No. 7 spot in the East.

Jazz (51-31) 101, Spurs (61-21) 97

The Jazz will be the fifth seed in the Western Conference while the Spurs will be the No. 2 seed. Despite going just 13-for-20 as a team from the free throw line, the Jazz shot 50.6 percent from the floor while holding all of their starters under 30 minutes of court time. LaMarcus Aldridge (18/5/0) led the Spurs in scoring in the loss.

Clippers (51-31) 115, Kings (32-50) 95

With the victory, the Clippers earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference. All five Clippers starters scored in double-figures, led by DeAndre Jordan (18/17/2), Blake Griffin (15/9/8) and Chris Paul (17/9/2). Just seven players saw the floor for the Kings and as a team, they attempted just 11 three-pointers, compared to LA’s 28.

Warriors (67-15) 109, Lakers (26-56) 94

In their final playoff tuneup, Steph Curry (20/5/8) and Kevin Durant (29/8/5) led the top seeded Warriors to victory. Despite the fact that they rested Draymond Green, Klay Thompson (12/2/2) didn’t make much of an impact in the contest. Meanwhile, all five Lakers starters scored in double-figures and Jordan Clarkson (17/3/2) led the way on the scoring front.

Pelicans (34-48) 103, Trail Blazers (41-41) 100

New Orleans rested Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins and the Blazers rested Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in what was a completely meaningless game for both sides. Shabazz Napier (25/4/2) made the most of his opportunity for the second night in a row for Portland, going 10-for-18 from the floor filling in for Lillard.

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