Pistons get final ticket to playoffs


The games themselves will start on April 13.

The Pistons were playing without star Blake Griffin, who is dealing with a sore knee.

"They really got after us", Knicks coach David Fizdale said.

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.

Drummond finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds while Jackson had 21 points and seven assists. They last reached the postseason in 2015-16.

"We can't be too excited right now", Drummond said. In the 2008-2009 opening rounds for the National Basketball Association finals, they also lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, again with a score of 4-0.

Dorian Finney-Smith was two-of-10 shooting and scored five points in the Mavericks' defeat.

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Griffin has been the focal point of the Detroit offense, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks put together a somewhat surprising 60-win season to earn the Eastern Conference's 1-seed.

Detroit took a game-high 40-point lead, 109-69, on Zaza Pachulia's lay-in with 4:31 left in the game.

The Pistons will make the playoffs with either a win or a loss by the Charlotte Hornets against the Orlando Magic.

In New York, Dwyane Wade recorded one last triple-double before heading off to retirement, and Brooklyn headed to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs after securing the win and the No. 6 seed.

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.