WASHINGTON – LeBron James’ only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley’s interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn’t jibe with a 21-point loss — or throwing in a towel in the race for a No. 1 seed.
James and Chris Bosh took the night off Monday, and the Heat were beaten 114-93 by the Washington Wizards in a no-contest game that guaranteed the Eastern Conference’s top seed for the Indiana Pacers.
So, no disappointment at all?
“There would be no disappointment,” said Dwyane Wade, who played because he needed some minutes after his recent nine-game layoff with a hamstring injury. “When the playoffs start, we have a new season and we will be looking forward to it.”
So the Pacers are locked in- to a first-round series against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks, while the two-time defending champion Heat get the No. 2 seed and either Washington or the Charlotte Bobcats.
Trevor Ariza scored 25 points to lead the Wizards, who shot 59 percent and made 14 3-pointers and remain one game ahead of Charlotte in the race for the No. 6 seed.
Bobcats 95, Hawks 93
In Atlanta, Chris Douglas-Roberts dribbled into the lane and sank a short jumper as time expired as Charlotte overcame a 15-point deficit in the final period to beat the Hawks.
Raptors 110, Bucks 100
In Toronto, Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry had 24 as the Raptors set a club record with their 48th win, beating Milwaukee.
76ers 113, Celtics 108
In Philadelphia, Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Tony Wroten scored 20 points as the 76ers defeated Boston.
Bulls 108, Magic 95
In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points as the Bulls pulled away late for a victory over Orlando.
Grizzlies 97, Suns 91
In Phoenix, Zach Randolph scored 32 points as Memphis clinched the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with a victory over the Suns that eliminated them from postseason contention.
Rockets 104, Spurs 98
In Houston, Chandler Parsons scored 21 points and Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones added 20 each to lift the Rockets to a win over San Antonio.
Pelicans 101, Thunder 89
In New Orleans, Tyreke Evans scored a career-high 41 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the Pelicans snapped an eight-game skid by shocking Oklahoma City.
Lakers 119, Jazz 104
In Salt Lake City, Nick Young scored a season-high 41 points to help Los Angeles end a seven-game losing streak with a victory against Utah.
Warriors 130, T-Wolves 120
In Oakland, Stephen Curry had 32 points and 15 assists as Golden State rallied from 19 points down in the first half to beat Minnesota.
Kevin Love had 22 of his 40 points in the first quarter for the T-Wolves.