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Heat win, but Pacers and Bulls make playoffs over Miami

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Atlanta Hawks’ Jose Calderon (13) is defended by Indiana Pacers’ Jeff Teague during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Jeff Teague limped to the locker room late in the Pacers’ win over the Hawks.

The Heat knew how he felt.

A win with a sour ending.

Miami beat the Wizards, 110-102, Wednesday night. But because the Bulls had already beaten the Nets, 112-73, the Heat needed the Pacers -- who were up comfortably in the fourth quarter -- to lose to the Nets. Indiana put the final nail in Miami’s coffin a few minutes later, closing a 104-86 win over Atlanta.

Teague’s status for the playoffs is unclear with his turned ankle, but at least the Pacers -- and Bulls -- are in. That’s more than the Heat can say, though they can take pride in overcoming a 11-30 start to finish 41-41.

The resting Cavaliers lost to the Raptors, 98-83, and the Celtics came back to beat the Bucks, 112-94. That finalizes the Eastern Conference playoff picture:

  1. Celtics vs. 8. Bulls
  2. Cavaliers vs. 7. Pacers
  3. Raptors vs. 6. Bucks
  4. Wizards vs. 5. Hawks