The interesting action was off the court at Miami Arena in the Heat's final home game of their first season, a 117-91 win for Phoenix.
Miami's Pearl Washington and Armon Gilliam of Phoenix squared off in the Heat locker room shortly after being ejected from the game with 1:30 left in the third quarter for their part in an oncourt skirmish. Washington came away from the second confrontation with a lip injury that required three stitches.After Gilliam and Miami's Kevin Edwards exchanged shoves, Washington unleashed a right hook that grazed Gilliam's face. Order was quickly restored. While the game continued, Gilliam went to the Miami locker room and confronted Washington and that was where the Miami guard suffered the injury.
"I'm not going to comment on that," Gilliam said. "Nobody was around. Nobody saw anything."
Miami coach Ron Rothstein said Washington, who left the arena without talking to the media, was fine.
The Suns tied a team record with their ninth straight victory and with two games left they still have a chance to finish with the best record in the Western Conference. The Lakers, who have three games left, are a half-game ahead in the standings.
Pistons 115, Pacers 105
The best record in the NBA got better and for a while the Detroit Pistons were even perfect.
The night after locking up the homecourt advantage throughout the NBA playoffs with the league's best won-loss record, the Pistons came out and made their first 10 shots from the field against the Indiana Pacers on the way to a 10-point victory.
The Pistons set three team records with their 61st victory of the season as it was their 19th straight at home and 35th in 39 home games.
Hawks 100, Bucks 92
Atlanta clinched the homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs and ended the season 6-0 against Milwaukee, which will likely be the Hawks' opponent in the opening round.
Rockets 99, Spurs 84
The Spurs had nine fourth-quarter points and scored their final field goal with 7:05 to play. They shot 4-for-24 in the final quarter, 17 percent, as the Rockets completed a six-game sweep for the season.