DeMAR DeROZAN and a playoff-bound Raptors are prepared to uncover Washington’s Paul Pierce that they have it. Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and a Raptors wrapped adult a unchanging deteriorate with their franchise-record 49th victory, violence visiting Charlotte, 92-87, final night.
“This is what we play for,” Lowry said. “Now it’s a time where it gets a small bit some-more serious.”
Chicago’s feat over Atlanta meant Toronto finished fourth in a Eastern Conference, relating a Raptors with Pierce’s Wizards in a initial turn of a playoffs. Toronto will horde Washington in Game 1 on Saturday.
In another game:
* At New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds and a New Orleans Pelicans warranted their initial playoff berth given 2011 with a 108-103 feat over a San Antonio Spurs. Davis, who’ll make his playoff entrance opposite Golden State subsequent weekend, came by in a loss mins with a span of purchase jumpers, dual blocks and dual rebounds to forestall a Spurs from pulling off a 23-point comeback.
Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon combined 14 points for New Orleans, that had to win to make a postseason since Oklahoma City also won in Minnesota. The teams finished with matching records, though a Pelicans hold a tiebreaker on head-to-head results.
* LeBron James sat out a Cavaliers’ deteriorate culmination opposite Washington, giving himself some-more rest in allege of a NBA playoffs opening this weekend.
The Cavs open a playoffs during home Sunday opposite a Celtics, that separated a Cavs from a playoffs in 2010, James’ final deteriorate in Cleveland before he left for Miami.
“I’ve seen them countless times in my career,” James said. “It’s really going to move behind memories to play opposite them, and also to go behind to a Garden. It should be exciting.”