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Preview: 76ers at Heat

The Miami Heat are locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and that appears to be just fine with the two-time defending champions. “It will be no disappointment when the playoffs start,” Dwyane Wade said of losing the No. 1 seed. “It will be a new season and we will be looking forward to it.” The slumping Heat will face either the Washington Wizards or Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the playoffs, but first they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday on the final night of the regular season.

NBA: Clippers down Nuggets for club-record 57th win

The Los Angeles Clippers rolled past Denver 117-105 on Tuesday for a club-record 57th win that kept their hopes of claiming the NBA Western Conference second seed alive. Blake Griffin had 24 points -- and was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season -- in the victory. Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, who must beat Portland on Wednesday, the last night of the regular season, and have the lowly Detroit Pistons beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City to earn the second seed behind San Antonio in the Western Conference playoffs.

NBA: Anthony sits but Knicks beat play-off bound Nets

The New York Knicks, missing injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-98 Tuesday to keep their cross-town rivals from securing the fifth seed in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. Tim Hardaway scored 16 points to lead the Knicks, who are finishing strong despite already being eliminated from post-season contention. The Knicks announced prior to the contest that Anthony would miss the remaining two games of their season after an MRI exam revealed he had a small tear in his right shoulder.

NBA: Cavs' Deng wins NBA citizenship award

British Cleveland Cavaliers' basketball player Luol Deng was honored Tuesday with the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. The award, presented by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, recognizes an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community. Deng recently recorded a public service message for the EnoughProject.org, urging peace during a time of renewed conflict in his native South Sudan.

Preview: Knicks at Nets

The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets were both expected to represent the city in the NBA playoffs and carried lofty predictions into the 2013-2014 campaign. When the Nets host the Knicks in the final meeting between the city rivals on Tuesday, only one team will still have something for which to play. New York is closing out a disappointing playoff-less campaign while Brooklyn is battling for positioning in the Eastern Conference.

Preview: Knicks at Nets

The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets were both expected to represent the city in the NBA playoffs and carried lofty predictions into the 2013-2014 campaign. When the Nets host the Knicks in the final meeting between the city rivals on Tuesday, only one team will still have something for which to play. New York is closing out a disappointing playoff-less campaign while Brooklyn is battling for positioning in the Eastern Conference.

NBA: Heat loss allows Pacers to grab top seed

Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Washington Wizards cruised past the defending champion Miami Heat 114-93 at Verizon Center on Monday. Miami suffered its fourth loss in the last five contests which means they surrendered the Eastern Conference's top seed to the Indiana Pacers. The Heat, who rested both reigning NBA MVP LeBron James and centre Chris Bosh in their second to last game of the regular season, will be the number two seed when the postseason starts this weekend.

Preview: Bobcats at Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have wrapped up an Eastern Conference playoff spot and look to continue their strong finish when they attempt to defeat the visiting Charlotte Bobcats for the 12th straight time on Monday. After a slide in which they lost 21 of 28 games, the Hawks are thriving with five wins in their last six games and clinched the No. 8 seed with Saturday’s victory over the Miami Heat. Charlotte is also playoff bound and a victory would clinch a winning campaign.

Preview: Bucks at Raptors

Clinching their second Atlantic Division title in franchise history was a great accomplishment but the Toronto Raptors believe they have more mountains to climb before the postseason arrives. The Raptors can set a franchise record for victories and take a big step toward securing the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory Monday against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Moving to No. 3 became more of a reality when the Chicago Bulls lost to the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Preview: Bucks at Raptors

Clinching their second Atlantic Division title in franchise history was a great accomplishment but the Toronto Raptors believe they have more mountains to climb before the postseason arrives. The Raptors can set a franchise record for victories and take a big step toward securing the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory Monday against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Moving to No. 3 became more of a reality when the Chicago Bulls lost to the New York Knicks on Sunday.
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