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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Torn Tendon Ends Thomas' Career

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan -- The Detroit Pistons' star guard Isiah Thomas tore his Achilles tendon in what was almost certainly the last game of his career, a 132-104 loss to the Orlando Magic.


Thomas, whose upcoming retirement after 13 seasons is the worst-kept secret in the NBA, limped off the court Tuesday night for the last time with 1:37 left in the third quarter. He scored 12 points in 26 minutes and waged a losing battle against Magic point guard Anfernee Hardaway, who finished with 25 points.


With the victory, Orlando clinched the homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs.


Spurs 90, Rockets 80. In San Antonio, Negele Knight scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping San Antonio clinch the homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Houston's loss allowed Seattle to clinch the homecourt advantage through the Western Conference playoffs.


Heat 126, Wolves 99. In Miami, the Miami Heat moved within one victory of clinching a playoff spot, opening a 33-point lead in the first half and coasting past Minnesota. One more victory by Miami or a loss by Charlotte will clinch a playoff spot for the Heat. They finish the season with games at home against Atlanta on Thursday and at Indiana on Saturday.


Hawks 87, Knicks 84. In New York, Kevin Willis had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Atlanta used a 12-2 fourth-quarter run to take a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference with its victory over the Knicks.


The Hawks are one game in front of Chicago and 1 1/2 ahead of the Knicks with five days left in the regular season. New York has three games remaining, the Bulls two and Atlanta two, with the team with the best record gaining home advantage in the conference playoffs.


Celtics 120, Bucks 112. In Boston, Ed Pinckney had a career-high 22 rebounds and a season-high 21 points, Rick Fox scored 31 points and Robert Parish had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Celtics.


Pacers 111, Bullets 110. In Landover, Maryland, Reggie Miller scored 34 points and hit the deciding basket with 2.8 seconds left as Indiana won its team-record 18th road victory of the season. Rick Smits added 23 points on 11-for-15 shooting as the Pacers, currently seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference, held off a furious late rally to win their fifth straight and 44th of the season -- matching their most since joining the NBA.


Nets 115, 76ers 110. In Philadelphia, Derrick Coleman had 31 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as New Jersey won its fourth game in a row. Kenny Anderson added 19 points and 11 assists for the Nets, who have already clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Suns 122, SuperSonics 116. In Phoenix, Charles Barkley scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a victory over Seattle. The victory kept Phoenix even with San Antonio for the third position in the Western Conference as the Suns raised their record to 34-5 at home.


Nuggets 105, Lakers 98. In Denver, LaPhonso Ellis scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nuggets to a 105-98 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.


Jazz 115, Kings 108. In Sacramento, Karl Malone scored 30 points and Jeff Hornacek added 28 as Utah downed the Kings for their 50th win of the season (AP, Reuters)