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Pacers’ playoff hopes end with 95-83 loss to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol had 33 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies ended the Indiana Pacers’ playoff hopes with a 95-83 victory Wednesday night.

Memphis earned the Western Conference’s fifth seed with the victory and home-court advantage in a series with fourth-seeded Portland, winners of the Northwest Division.

Zach Randolph finished with 18 points for the Grizzlies, while Jeff Green scored 14 as Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak.

C.J. Miles led the Pacers with 26 points, while George Hill added 20, but Indiana was edged out by the Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Rodney Stuckey scored 11 points, but was 3 of 13 from the field.

Memphis built its lead in the second quarter and maintained a comfortable lead through the rest of the game, Indiana getting no closer than seven points in the fourth.

After Brooklyn won at Orlando earlier Wednesday, the Pacers’ fate was set on the outcome of their game against the Grizzlies. And at about that time, Memphis was putting together a second-quarter run that included 14 straight points to build a 46-33 lead.

Gasol, who was questionable after turning his ankle over the weekend against the Clippers, controlled inside and converted mid-range jumpers. By halftime, Gasol had 19 points as Memphis took a 54-41 lead to the locker room.

Miles had 18 for Indiana at that point, hitting 7 of 12 shots, including 4 of 7 outside the arc.

While the Pacers were facing their only chance at making the postseason, Memphis was playing for seeding, and possible homecourt advantage in the opening round.

Memphis was able to maintain its double-digit advantage through much of the third as Randolph scored nine points and Gasol eight, allowing Memphis to hold a 73-61 lead entering the fourth.

Indiana pulled within seven points on a couple of occasions in the fourth, but couldn’t threaten Memphis’ lead.


Pacers: Indiana wore its throwback jerseys. The Pacers had won all seven previous games wearing them this season. … The Pacers had gone to the playoffs four straight years before Wednesday night’s elimination. … Paul George left in the fourth quarter with a sore left calf, not the right leg he injured leading to him missing most of the season. He did not return.

Grizzlies: Memphis played its fourth straight game without starting point guard Mike Conley, who had a sprained right foot. Guard Tony Allen missed his ninth straight game with a left hamstring strain. … Memphis will enter the playoffs for the fifth straight season. … It was Gasol’s fifth game of at least 30 points this season.


Pacers: Season over.

Grizzlies: Host Portland in opening round of Western Conference playoffs.

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