Nets clinch playoff spot with win, Pacers loss
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, beating the Orlando Magic 101-88 on Wednesday night before the Memphis Grizzlies knocked off Indiana.
The Nets and Pacers finished tied at 38-44, and Brooklyn earned the No. 8 seed after winning the season series. The Nets will visit top-seeded Atlanta on Sunday for their playoff opener.
If Indiana won, the Nets would have missed the postseason for the first time since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.
Rookie Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 28 points as Brooklyn snapped a two-game skid that put its postseason hopes in jeopardy after a playoff spot looked secure last week. The Nets would have been home despite a league-high payroll of nearly $90 million.
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