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Preview: Hawks at Pacers

The Indiana Pacers limped through the last six weeks of the regular season but still managed to outlast the Miami Heat and earn the top seed in the postseason. The Hawks went through their own swoon in March but picked up the pace down the stretch and earned the No. 8 seed, giving them a date at the Pacers on Saturday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Indiana has been looking ahead to the postseason since a tough exit last spring.

Preview: Nets at Raptors

The Toronto Raptors host a playoff game for the first time in six years when they open a best-of-seven series Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets in a matchup of youth versus experience. After a slow start and a notable trade that sent swingman Rudy Gay to Sacramento, Toronto went 42-22 over the final four-plus months of the season to record a franchise record in victories and storm to the Atlantic Division crown - its first since 2006-07.

Preview: Grizzlies at Thunde

The Memphis Grizzlies eliminated an Oklahoma City team missing Russell Westbrook from last season’s playoffs and take aim at stunning the Thunder again when the first-round series opens in Oklahoma City on Saturday. Memphis took the Western Conference semifinals in five games last season as Westbrook’s knee injury turned Kevin Durant into a one-man gang. The seventh-seeded Grizzles won their final five games of the regular season while the second-seeded Thunder were 4-4 over their final eight games.

NBA: Memphis guard Calathes hit with 20-game doping ban

Nick Calathes, a Greek rookie backup guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, was suspended 20 games without pay Friday by the NBA for a doping violation, the league announced. Only minutes before the opening day of the playoffs, the NBA revealed that Calathes would be banished after testing positive for tamoxifen, a banned substance found in a supplement he had been taking. The suspension for Calathes will begin with Saturday's playoff opener for the Grizzlies at Oklahoma City. Last season, Memphis upset Oklahoma City in the playoffs.

NBA: US college stars Parker, Young declare for draft

US college freshman stars Jabari Parker and James Young said Thursday they will skip their final three seasons of collegiate play and declared themselves eligible for June's NBA Draft. Parker, a forward, led Duke University to a 26-9 season, averaging 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game. He became the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounds for a season. "Jabari could not have been better. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Suns match second-best mark for non-playoff team

Suns match second-best mark for non-playoff team SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Phoenix Suns are headed home after winning 48 games in rookie coach Jeff Hornacek's first season. Even so, they would like to think that the NBA's second-most successful non-playoff season shows there are bright days ahead.

NBA: Results and standings

Results and standings on Wednesday in the NBA: Denver 112, Golden State 116 Boston 102, Washington 118 Cleveland 114, Brooklyn Nets 85 Miami 87, Philadelphia 100 New York Knicks 95, Toronto 92 Portland 110, LA Clippers 104 Sacramento 99, Phoenix 104 Memphis 106, Dallas 105 (OT) Milwaukee 103, Atlanta 111 Minnesota 130, Utah 136 (OT) New Orleans 105, Houston 100 Oklahoma 112, Detroit 111 San Antonio 100, LA Lakers 113 Charlotte 91, Chicago 86 (OT) Orlando 86, Indiana 101

NBA: Thunder clinch West's second seed

Kevin Durant's dunk with 16.5 seconds to play lifted Oklahoma City to a 112-111 victory over Detroit on Wednesday on the final night of the NBA regular season. With the victory, the Thunder secured the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Durant drove past Kyle Singler on the left side for the two-handed slam -- giving the Thunder their first lead since early in the third quarter. Detroit's Brandon Jennings couldn't get an off-balance three-point attempt to fall in at the buzzer.

Hawks put Bucks out of their misery

Hawks put Bucks out of their misery MILWAUKEE -- There was almost nothing at stake on Wednesday night when the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-103 in the regular-season finale at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Atlanta was headed to the playoffs, already locked into eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot and a first-round date with top-seeded Indiana.

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.
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