NEW YORK – David Lee had 12 points and 12 rebounds for his NBA-best 65th double-double, and the Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets 102-73 Wednesday night in the final pro game in the New York area this season.

Wilson Chandler scored 16 points for the Knicks, who won for only the fourth time in their final 17 games and finished coach Mike D’Antoni’s first season with a 32-50 record.

New York completed its fifth straight season without a playoff appearance. Since Portland qualified for the postseason, the Knicks will enter next season tied with Minnesota for the longest playoff drought.

New Jersey is headed home too, its second straight long summer following six years in a row in the postseason.

Magic 98, Bobcats 73

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tony Battie had 21 points, Mickael Pietrus scored 19, and the Orlando Magic tuned up for the playoffs with a 98-73 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds in limited minutes to help Orlando snap its season-longest three-game losing streak without starting forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis. The third-seeded Magic will face either Philadelphia or Chicago this weekend in the first round of the playoffs.

Pacers 115, Bucks 108

INDIANAPOLIS – Danny Granger scored 35 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-108 on Wednesday night.

Granger scored 16 points in the fourth quarter in his 23rd 30-point game of the season. He also had nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Brandon Rush scored 15 of his 24 points in the final period, and Jarrett Jack had eight points and 10 assists for Indiana.

Troy Murphy grabbed 12 rebounds to break Clark Kellogg’s team record for most rebounds in a season, set in 1983.

Grizzlies 98, Hawks 90

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – O.J. Mayo scored 26 points and Rudy Gay added 20 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 98-90 victory over a group of the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks reserves on Wednesday night.

Marc Gasol finished with 19 points for Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Hakim Warrick added 15 points, and Mike Conley finished with 12 points and seven assists.

Flip Murray led the Hawks with 29 points, including 20 in the second half to keep Atlanta close. Maurice Evans chipped in 21 points.

Mavericks 95, Rockets 84

DALLAS – Jason Kidd notched a triple-double and Jason Terry was superb in the fourth quarter, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 95-84 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to start the dominoes tumbling in the Western Conference playoff chase.

The teams left the court not knowing their seeds, with the New Orleans-San Antonio game in overtime. If the Spurs won, they claimed the Southwest Division and Dallas would move up to the No. 6 seed. A Hornets win would give Houston the division title and drop the Mavericks to No. 7.

Kings 97, Wolves 90

MINNEAPOLIS – Ike Diogu had 28 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings finish a sorry season with a victory, 97-90 over the Minnesota Timberwolves in a season finale featuring two teams that started thinking about next season a long time ago.

Diogu topped 20 points in two straight games for the first time in his career and Andres Nocioni scored 17 points for the Kings (17-65), who had lost nine in a row and 16 of their previous 18.

Raptors 109, Bulls 98

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls were looking for a playoff tuneup. Instead, they got pounded.

Shawn Marion scored a season-high 34 points, Chris Bosh set one with 19 rebounds while scoring 21, and the Toronto Raptors closed their season by beating the listless Bulls 109-98 Wednesday to snap Chicago’s season-high five-game win streak. The Bulls needed a win or a loss by Philadelphia to lock up the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

and a first-round matchup with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Otherwise, they were looking at defending champion Boston with the seventh seed.


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