Pistons rout Knicks to claim last playoff ticket

Associated Press

After the matchup was set in stone over the course of Wednesday night, it was announced the Bucks will start their first round series with the Pistons Sunday evening for a 6pm CT tilt at Fiserv Forum.

Detroit's reward for claiming the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference is a first round playoff duel with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Andre Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Ish Smith matched a season high with 22 points, helping the Detroit Pistons come back from a 22-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 Tuesday night and cling to a spot in the playoffs. They had last made the playoffs in 2015-16.

Detroit opened the fourth with a 16-3 run to pull within three points.

With Eastern Conference rivals the Charlotte Hornets losing to the Orlando Magic elsewhere in Wednesday's final round of regular season games, the Pistons would have advanced regardless of their result against the Knicks.

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Detroit's win leaves Charlotte short of a playoff spot in a summer in which Hornets star point guard Kemba Walker will test free agency.

The Red Wings' most recent playoff appearance was 2016, when they lost in five games in the first round to Tampa Bay.

- Individual-game play off tickets are on sale to the public, according to the Detroit Pistons.

Dwane Casey says securing an National Basketball Association playoff berth "validates the culture" he has instilled and believes the Pistons can go from strength to strength. But the primary focus for both is finding a way to clinch a playoff berth first and foremost. Also on the schedule in the East is the seventh-seeded Orlando Magic meeting up with the No. 2 Toronto Raptors.

Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his farewell - a 105-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

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