Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks

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Hornets stung by Magic In Charlotte meanwhile, Kemba Walker exploded for 43 points in vain as the Hornets slender playoff chances ended with a defeat to Orlando.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a slump as they've lost eight of their last 11 games, but they will be looking to cap off a forgettable season with a third straight victory after last night's 96-86 road win at Chicago.

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks walks to the sideline prior to the opening tip against the Boston Celtics of game three of round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs at the Bradley Center on April 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Pistons last made the playoffs in the 2015-16 season as the No. 8 seed, where they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.

Milwaukee Bucks: 3 things to watch for as Oklahoma City Thunder visit: Before last night's game, Adam McGee previewed the Bucks' meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder for their final game of the regular season. If the Pistons lose and the Hornets pick up a W, no one, and I mean no one, in the city of Detroit will be entertained.

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On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee also stopped fuel supply to Jet for the third time in a week, over unpaid dues. The union, which is responsible for representing more than 1,100 Jet Airways pilots, has set a payment deadline for April 14th.

"This is the first step, for us to get in the playoffs", Casey said.

Griffin has been dealing with soreness in his left knee and did not play in Detroit's 115-89 win over the Knicks on Wednesday. But the primary focus for both is finding a way to clinch a playoff berth first and foremost.

Luke Kennard scored 15 points off the bench and Reggie Jackson had 12 points before going to the bench as Smith flourished in the final quarter. Also on the schedule in the East is the seventh-seeded Orlando Magic meeting up with the No. 2 Toronto Raptors.

In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 16 rebounds and the Spurs beat Dallas in Dirk Nowitzki's final game.

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