Pistons clinch final playoff spot in East

Ish Smith saved the day for the Pistons leading the comeback vs. Memphis

AP Ish Smith saved the day for the Pistons leading the comeback vs. Memphis

Regular season series: Celtics won 3-1.

But in the Eastern Conference it came down to the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets battling for that final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Pistons beat the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, finishing the regular season with a 41-41 record. They had last made the playoffs in 2015-16. He shot 46.2% from the field and 36.2% from 3-point range.

Dwane Casey says securing an National Basketball Association playoff berth "validates the culture" he has instilled and believes the Pistons can go from strength to strength. They have one of the NBA's top 20 players, and they're going to continue to add players to their bench to help build around him to get back to the team that didn't regularly miss the playoffs.

According to PlayoffStatus.com, only the Brooklyn Nets or Orlando Magic can finish as the No. 6 seed.

Griffin had a career season, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 35 minutes per game.

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Finau now leads the tournament at 9-under and Simpson, Xander Schauffele , Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka are one shot back. No one figures to be as excited as Finau, who turned his ankle celebrating a hole-in-one in the par 3 contest past year .

With Eastern Conference rivals the Charlotte Hornets losing to the Orlando Magic elsewhere in Wednesday's final round of regular season games, the Pistons would have advanced regardless of their result against the Knicks. But the primary focus for both is finding a way to clinch a playoff berth first and foremost.

Delon Wright and Bruno Caboclo each scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who used just four reserves with banged-up players such as Mike Conley, Joakim Noah and rookie Jaren Jackson out with injuries.

The Mavericks, who finished outside the playoff places, were beaten 105-94 by the Spurs, the seventh seeds from the Western Conference.

In preparation for the playoffs, the 76ers rested all five starters, and star center Joel Embiid's status for the opener is in question.

TJ Leaf set career highs with 28 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana.

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