AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN – Reggie Jackson and Aron Baynes pushed the Detroit Pistons into the playoffs.
Jackson had 39 points and nine assists, Baynes hit eight fourth-quarter free throws and the Pistons clinched their first postseason spot in seven years with a 112-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
“This is huge, especially to give all of our other starters a chance to finally make it,” Jackson said.
He then pointed to coach Stan Van Gundy.
“It’s also great for Coach,” Jackson said. “In two years, he’s turned this whole franchise around, and that’s why we made sure he was part of the celebration.”
Andre Drummond started the post-game festivities by dumping an ice tub over Van Gundy, and that made it open season.
“We were getting him with bottles of water, ice bags and anything we could find,” Jackson said. “He’s the one who got us here.”
Van Gundy was in a sweatsuit by the time he made it to his post-game press conference.
“Thank God it was only ice water,” he said. “This is a special year for me, because it is the first time for our ownership, the first time for four of our starters, and the end of a long drought for the people that have been with this organization for a long time and seen some great moments. They’ve been waiting to get back.”
Pelicans 110, Lakers 102
In New Orleans, Alexs Ajinca and the Pelicans dominated Los Angeles in Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s final game in New Orleans.
Clippers 102, Jazz 99 (OT)
In Salt Lake City, Jamal Crawford made a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left and finished with 30 points.
Raptors 111, Pacers 98
In Toronto, rookie Norman Powell scored a season-high 27 points and the Raptors beat Indiana.
Magic 112, Heat 109
In Orlando, Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points and Evan Fournier added 28.
Nuggets 102, Spurs 98
In Denver, Jusuf Nurkic scored a career-high 21 points, Gary Harris had two pivotal defensive plays in the waning seconds and the Nuggets snapped a 10-game skid to San Antonio.
Mavericks 103, Grizzlies 93
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and the Mavericks overcame an injury to sparkplug J.J. Barea.
Celtics 124, Bucks 109
In Boston, Tyler Zeller tied his career high with 26 points and the Celtics continued their playoff push.
Hornets 113, Nets 99
In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored 22 points and the Hornets completed a four-game season sweep of Brooklyn.
Knicks 109, 76ers 102
In Philadelphia, Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points and Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead New York past the Sixers.