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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said Wednesday he's selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee. Kohl, a former US Senator, said he had agreed to sell the club to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Edens and Lasry will pay some $550 million (398 million euros) for the club. Kohl bought the team for $18 million in 1985, and it was valued at $405 million in January by Forbes -- last among the league's 30 clubs in the financial magazine's rankings.

Griffin leads Clippers to 117-105 win over Nuggets

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 16 (EFE).- The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Denver Nuggets 117-105 behind a strong performance from Blake Griffin, setting a franchise record with their 57th win of the season. In the team's last regular-season game of the 2013-2014 season at Staples Center, where it also set a franchise record with a home mark of 34-7, the Clippers built a 12-point lead Tuesday night at the end of the first quarter and had increased that advantage to 17 points by halftime.

Preview: Mavericks at Grizzlies

There is a lot at stake for both Dallas and Memphis when the Mavericks visit the Grizzlies in Wednesday’s regular-season finale. Both squads badly crave a victory, not just because it would equate to a 50-win season but also because the winner claims the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and will avoid top-seeded San Antonio in the opening round of the playoffs. The Grizzlies have won four straight games and clinched their postseason spot with Monday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Preview: Suns at Kings

The Phoenix Suns will look for a reason to get motivated for their regular-season finale Wednesday at Sacramento, two days after they were eliminated from the postseason for the fourth consecutive year. The Suns can finish off the best turnaround of the NBA season, as a win would give them 23 more victories than a year ago, and would also tie the 2007-08 Golden State team for the most wins by a team (48) without qualifying for the playoffs. Unfortunately, Phoenix now owns four of the top six all-time best records for non-playoff teams.

Preview: Jazz at Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves can secure their first non-losing campaign since 2004-05 on Wednesday when they host the Utah Jazz. The Timberwolves missed out on a chance to wrap up a winning season with road losses in Sacramento and Golden State, but a recent flurry of strong scoring performances should give the team hope entering the offseason. With Kevin Love sidelined by an elbow injury on Friday, Corey Brewer tied a franchise record with a career-high 51-point explosion against Houston.

Preview: Warriors at Nuggets

The Golden State Warriors locked up the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and clinched the fifth 50-win season in franchise history on Monday, but questions about health remain. The Warriors will close out their regular season at the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday without center Andrew Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a broken rib. Bogut likely won’t be the only Golden State player getting a rest with the playoffs secure.

Preview: Pacers at Magic

Despite an uneven month of basketball, the Indiana Pacers reached their stated goal by clinching homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Coach Frank Vogel, whose team is 5-9 in its last 14 games, is expected to rest at least three starters in the regular-season finale when the Pacers visit the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Reportedly, Vogel will sit leading scorer Paul George along with Lance Stephenson, David West and reserve C.J. Watson against the Magic.

Preview: Bulls at Bobcats

Two hot teams jockeying for playoff positioning square off on Wednesday when the Chicago Bulls visit the Charlotte Bobcats in the regular-season finale. Chicago has won eight of its last nine home games and can claim the third seed in the Eastern Conference if it defeats the Bobcats and Toronto loses to New York in its finale. Charlotte has won seven of eight games and would finish sixth if it wins and Washington falls to Boston in its last game.

Preview: Hawks at Bucks

With the visiting Atlanta Hawks locked into the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Milwaukee Bucks assured of the NBA's worst record, Wednesday's regular-season finale might have all the excitement of an October exhibition. Atlanta isn't likely to risk an injury to any of its stars with a series against top-seed Indiana looming, but the reserves might be able to knock off the Bucks. Regardless of the outcome, Milwaukee will finish with the worst record in franchise history.

Preview: Lakers at Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers will end their season against the San Antonio Spurs for a second consecutive year when the teams meet Wednesday night in San Antonio in the final regular-season game. The Spurs are headed to the postseason for the 17th consecutive season, while the Lakers will miss out on the playoffs for just the third time since 1976. San Antonio swept Los Angeles in the first round last season before losing to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
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