Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks

Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks

In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored 43 points in what may be his final game with the Hornets, a loss to Orlando that eliminated the hosts from playoff contention. The Hornets own the tie-breaker vs. the Pistons based on winning the season series 4-0.

Even though Detroit had a lot to play for - its first playoff berth in three years and second in a decade - the Grizzlies played with more effort and led 32-20 after the first quarter and 57-38 at halftime.

The Pistons (40-41) will be in the postseason if they defeat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). With the exception of the 2015-2016 tournament, in which they were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round by 4-0, the Pistons have not qualified for the National Basketball Association playoffs for almost a decade. He shot 46.2% from the field and 36.2% from 3-point range.

The Pistons trailed the Grizz by as many as 22 points Tuesday night, but rallied back behind a 20-point, 17-rebound game from Andre Drummond, and a season-high 22 points from Ish Smith, to secure a 100-93 victory.

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Take a look below at the first round matchups you'll see when the postseason begins on Saturday, April 13.

Detroit star Blake Griffin was limited to five points and two rebounds in 18-plus minutes, barely playing in the second half because of his injured left knee.

The Milwaukee River will be dyed green Friday to kick off what Bucks hope is a long playoff run party: Also of the Journal Sentinel, Joe Taschler touched on the preparations and festivities the Bucks are planning to hold in advance of the NBA Playoffs opening up, including plans to dye the Milwaukee River green. The Magic won 122-114 to secure the seventh seed.

The Spurs head into the Western Conference playoffs as the No. 7 seed.

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