CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This might not be how Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson planned it, but playing the Miami Heat suits him just fine.
In the regular-season finale, a game that meant nothing, the Hawks accomplished one thing. They escaped uninjured.
In what civic leaders and elected officials called a game-changer and a new era for Milwaukee, former Sen. Herb Kohl announced the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks to two New York hedge-fund investors for $550 million, and said he and the new ownership team each will commit $100 million toward a new, multipurpose arena.
At Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City on Wednesday night
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Los Angeles Clippers played out the string of an 82-game regular-season schedule on Wednesday night, knowing before they tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers that their playoff opponent had been set.
The message was made clear nearly a year ago when Michael Malone was hired as coach.
The Golden State Warriors will face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, with the best-of-seven series beginning at Staples Center on Saturday.
The seismic event that needed to occur to make a new multipurpose arena and the Bucks' viability in Milwaukee seem more than plausible happened Wednesday.
Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.
Will Barton dropped in a career-high 23 points as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-104, on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams.
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman beat a hasty retreat following Wednesday night's 136-130 double-overtime loss to Utah, making a direct exit toward the locker room while his players threw T-shirts into the Target Center crowd on fan appreciation night - the final night of a long season that seemingly refused to end.
Jordan Crawford netted a career-best 41 points and the Golden State Warriors will head into the postseason with momentum following a 116-112 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
Mike D'Antoni might have coached his last game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Or he might return for the final guaranteed year of his contract.
The Phoenix Suns surpassed all their preseason projections. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to earn a playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference.
Fresh legs beat fatigue.
Leaving the Trail Blazers' locker room following the regular-season finale, Wesley Matthews was wished well in the playoffs.
A season-ending victory proved meaningless for the Phoenix Suns, who will be remembered for having one of the best records in NBA history that wasn't good enough to make the playoffs.
And now begins the second season.
The NBA announced Wednesday that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was suspended one game without pay for getting his 16th technical foul of the season.
One play typified the Orlando Magic's approach to their season finale Wednesday night.
A long season that saddled the Memphis Grizzlies with a number of unexpected twists yielded a couple of desired results in the regular-season finale.
On a day that was focused on the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks and the future of the organization, the team closed the book on the worst season in franchise history with a 111-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in front of an announced crowd of 13,111 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat's quest for a three-peat begins Sunday.
The Dallas Mavericks poured heart and soul into Game 82, the finale of an overachieving season. They just couldn't get the payoff they wanted and felt they deserved.