Raptors 98, Nets 67
Ben Uzoh had 12 points, a career-high 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his first triple-double, and the host Toronto Raptors routed New Jersey, a loss that slightly improves the Netsí chances in the NBA Draft lottery.
Uzohís triple-double was the first by a Toronto player since Alvin Williams did it against Atlanta on March 23, 2001.
Ed Davis had a career-best 24 points to go with 12 rebounds, Gary Forbes had 23 points and Alan Anderson scored 20 as Toronto snapped a four-game skid and beat New Jersey for the ninth time in 12 meetings north of the border.
Anthony Morrow and Armon Johnson each had 11 points for the Nets, who lost their fifth in a row.
Celtics 87, Bucks 74
Paul Pierce scored all 12 of his points in the first half despite missing most of it with a sprained toe and Rajon Rondo had 15 assists as the host Boston Celtics closed the regular season with a win. Avery Bradley added 14 points for the Celtics, who were nearly back at full strength in their final tuneup before the playoffs.
Tobias Harris led Milwaukee with 17 points.
Nuggets 131, Timberwolves 102
JaVale McGee scored 19 points to help the Denver Nuggets lock down the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a lopsided victory over the host Minnesota Timberwolves. Arron Afflalo scored 18 points and Danilo Gallinari had 17 points for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight game and eighth in their last 10 as they surge into the postseason. The Nuggets will face the third-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.
Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 10 rebounds and J.J. Barea had 20 points and five assists for the Timberwolves, who will miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. The Wolves lost 13 of their last 14 games of the season.
Wizards 104, Heat 70
Playing without their Big Three, the Miami Heat suffered their worst defeat of 2011-12 to the lowly Washington Wizards. With their first playoff game just two days away, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra rested LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the second straight game. The Heat are locked into the Eastern Conferenceís second playoff spot and will open the postseason Saturday against the New York Knicks.
Mo Evans had a season-high 18 points, Nene and Kevin Seraphin each scored 15, and John Wall had seven points and 12 assists for the Wizards, who closed the season with their first six-game win streak since Nov. 11-21, 2007.
Pistons 108, 76ers 86
Ben Gordon scored 26 points, including eight 3-
pointers, to help the host Detroit Pistons rout the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia (35-31) entered the game with a mathematical chance at the Eastern Conferenceís seventh seed, but didnít make much of an effort.
Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams all sat out the game to rest for Saturdayís postseason opener against top-seeded Chicago.
Hawks 106, Mavericks 89
Josh Smith scored 23 points and the host Atlanta Hawks clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, racing to a 23-point lead in the opening quarter on the way to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Hawks (40-26) wrapped up the fourth-best record in the East and host Boston on Sunday.
Atlanta pounced on the Mavericks right from the tip, making 16-of-23 shots (69.6 percent) in the opening period. A 28-7 run, capped by Willie Greenís 3-pointer, pushed the lead to 36-13.
Rockets 84, Hornets 77
Chase Budinger scored a season-high 27 points and Marcus Morris hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lift the host Houston Rockets. The Hornets got 13 points apiece from Jerome Dyson, Lance Thomas and Darryl Watkins. Watkins also had three steals.
Jazz 96, Trail Blazers 94
Rookie Alec Burks scored 18 points and NBA Slam Dunk champ Jeremy Evans led a 10-0 fourth-quarter run as the playoff-bound Utah Jazz beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Utah finished the season on a five-game winning streak and will face top-seeded San Antonio in a first-round Western Conference matchup starting Sunday.
J.J. Hickson scored 20 points and Jonny Flynn added 18 to lead the injury-depleted Blazers, who didnít qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Grizzlies 88, Magic 76
Marc Gasol scored 22 points, Rudy Gay added 20 and the host Memphis Grizzlies claimed the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
O.J. Mayo had 15 points and Zach Randolph finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis, which won its sixth in a row.
Knicks 104, Bobcats 84
J.R. Smith scored 22 points off the bench and Amare Stoudemire had 21 points to lead the visiting New York Knicks over the Charlotte Hornets.
The Knicks used a 30-19 surge in the third quarter to raise a two-point halftime lead to 13.