CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats couldn't even beat a New York Knicks team resting most of its starters, finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history after a 104-84 loss on Thursday night.
J.R. Smith scored 22 points for the Knicks, who pulled away in the second half to clinch the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed and a first-round playoff matchup against No. 2 Miami beginning Saturday.
Gerald Henderson had 21 points for the Bobcats, whose 23rd consecutive loss left them with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The record was set 39 years ago, when the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.
The Knicks held out Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis, while Amare Stoudemire had 21 points over two quarters.
BULLS 107, CAVALIERS 75: At Chicago, John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points, Joakim Noah had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago Bulls clinched the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs.
HAWKS 106, MAVERICKS 89: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 23 points and Atlanta clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs after racing to a 23-point lead in the opening quarter.
The Hawks wrapped up the fourth-best record in the East and host fourth-seeded Boston on Sunday.
NUGGETS 131, TIMBERWOLVES 102: At Minneapolis, JaVale McGee scored 19 points to help Denver lock down the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
CELTICS 87, BUCKS 74: At Boston, 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 for Boston.
WIZARDS 104, HEAT 70: At Washington, playing without its Big Three, Miami suffered their worst defeat of the season.
With their first playoff game just two days away, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra rested LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for the second straight game. The Heat are locked into the Eastern Conference's second playoff spot and will open the postseason Saturday against the New York Knicks
GRIZZLIES 88, MAGIC 76: At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored 22 points, Rudy Gay added 20 and Memphis claimed the No. 4 seed in the West.
RAPTORS 98, NETS 67: At Toronto, Ben Uzoh had 12 points, a career-high 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his first career triple-double, and Toronto handed New Jersey a loss that slightly improves the Nets' chances in the NBA draft lottery.
PISTONS 108, 76ERS 86: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Ben Gordon scored 26 points, including eight 3-pointers, to help Detroit rout short-handed Philadelphia.
The 76ers entered the game with a mathematical chance at the Eastern Conference's seventh seed, but didn't make much of an effort. Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams all sat out the game.
ROCKETS 84, HORNETS 77: At Houston, Chase Budinger scored a season-high 27 points and Marcus Morris hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lift Houston.
The Hornets end the season in last place in the Southwest Division but finished strong, winning eight of their last 13 games.
SPURS 103, GOLDEN STATE 97: At Oakland, Patrick Mills scored 34 points with 12 assists for San Antonio.
KINGS 113, LAKERS 96: At Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points and 19 rebounds, Tyreke Evans scored 17 points as the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers' backups.
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