Griffin misses Pistons' win-and-in finale

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Hornets stung by Magic In Charlotte meanwhile, Kemba Walker exploded for 43 points in vain as the Hornets slender playoff chances ended with a defeat to Orlando.

In Memphis, Jevon Carter scored a career-high 32 points, Justin Holiday added 22 and the hosts pounded Golden State in the teams' regular-season finale.

Detroit will face the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round.

While no Western Conference team had to worry about dropping out of the playoff places on the final night of the regular season, there was still plenty of potential to move up or down in the seedings.

Wayne Ellington added 12 points for the Pistons, who hadn't made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season, the last time they finished over.500 (44-38). Many are speculating that the Pistons' presence in the championship will be short lived, as the Bucks swept the Pistons in the four-game series of the regular season. If the Pistons lose and the Hornets win, Detroit will miss the postseason for the third consecutive year.

The games themselves will start on April 13.

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Griffin has been dealing with soreness in his left knee and did not play in Detroit's 115-89 win over the Knicks on Wednesday.

Walker's superb display was backed with 22 points from Jeremy Lamb and 18 points from Miles Bridges.

The 2019 NBA Playoffs are one night away from being set, and there are still things to be decided in both conferences.

The Magic secured the seventh seed, and they will face the second-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round. But the primary focus for both is finding a way to clinch a playoff berth first and foremost.

There was a double-digit farewell for another National Basketball Association icon in San Antonio, where Dallas Mavericks German veteran Dirk Nowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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