The last night of the regular season is in the books, all the playoff spots are locked up and the first-round schedules are set. 

But the playoffs weren’t the only thing on the table on Wednesday night. We also got to see the final NBA games for two legends: Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki. Wade signed off by recording a triple-double versus the Nets, while Nowitzki put up a solid 20-point, 10-rebound performance against the Spurs

On the playoff front, the Hornets lost to the Magic, which meant that the Pistons locked up the final playoff spot in the East regardless of what happened in their game. They didn’t take any chances though, crushing the Knicks by 26 points. Unfortunately for the Pistons, they’ll be the No. 8 seed and must face the mighty Bucks in the first round. 

In the Western Conference, things got pretty wild. For a bit, it looked like the Rockets would move all the way up to No. 2 in the West, but after big comeback wins by the Nuggets and Trail Blazers, who came back from 28 down to beat the Kings, the Rockets sunk down to No. 4. Meanwhile, the Nuggets locked up the No. 2 seed, while the Trail Blazers got No. 3. 

NBA scores for Wednesday, April 10

Wade goes out in style in final game

Dwyane Wade played his final NBA game on Wednesday night and went out in style. The Heat legend put up 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to record a triple-double. To make it even more special, he did it with his good friends from the Banana Boat crew sitting courtside. 

Nowitzki also shines in last game 

Dirk Nowitzki didn’t quite put up a triple-double in his final game, but he did close his NBA career with a strong performance. Serenaded with M-V-P chants by the rival Spurs crowd, Nowitzki went for 20 points and 10 rebounds. 

Pistons clinch final playoff spot

The only playoff spot left up for grabs on the final night was the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and it went to the Pistons. All they needed was either a win over the lowly Knicks or a loss from the Hornets. In the end, they got both. Even with Blake Griffin still out injured, the Pistons cruised past the Knicks by 26 points to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2015. 

Simons leads Trail Blazers in crazy comeback to clinch No. 3 seed

The Trail Blazers rolled out a lineup that made it seem like they wanted to lose on Wednesday night, and their plan was working early on, as the Kings jumped out to a 28-point lead. Anfernee Simons, however, was playing to win. The young point guard showed out, going for 37 points, six rebounds and nine assists — all career-highs — to lead the Blazers to a comeback win that clinched them the No. 3 seed.

Jokic, Nuggets clinch No. 2 seed in the West

The Nuggets struggled down the stretch, losing control of the No. 1 seed in the West to the mighty Warriors, and nearly falling out of the No. 2 spot as well. Thanks to their star man, however, they held on to secure the two-seed with a big win on Wednesday night. Down by double digits in the fourth quarter, Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets’ comeback, finishing with 29 points and 14 rebounds as they beat the Timberwolves. 

Walker battles to the last minute

Kemba Walker never gave up on the Hornets this season. Even when it looked like they had no chance at the playoffs, he led kept them alive until the final night. And on Wednesday he put up one of his best games of the season, finishing with 43 points and five assists. As was the case all season, however, Walker’s effort wasn’t enough. The Hornets lost to the Magic and were eliminated. 





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