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NBA: Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers grab last two playoff spots in the East

NBA: Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers grab last two playoff spots in the East

The Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers wrapped up the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference on the final night of the regular season Wednesday, leaving the Miami Heat on the outside looking in.

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and the Bulls routed the depleted Brooklyn Nets 112-73. Paul Zipser added a career-high 21 points off the bench as Chicago took advantage of a short-handed Brooklyn lineup to secure its first playoff appearance under coach Fred Hoiberg.

Paul George finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Pacers’ 104-86 victory over Atlanta, their fifth victory in a row earning them the No. 7 seed in the East and a first-round matchup with...

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