This season was supposed to be the start of a "new era" for the Sacramento Kings, as owner Vivek Ranadive proclaimed over and over again when he took over last year.

LeBron James' jersey remains the most popular in the NBA.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This might not be how Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson planned it, but playing the Miami Heat suits him just fine.

In the regular-season finale, a game that meant nothing, the Hawks accomplished one thing. They escaped uninjured.

In what civic leaders and elected officials called a game-changer and a new era for Milwaukee, former Sen. Herb Kohl announced the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks to two New York hedge-fund investors for $550 million, and said he and the new ownership team each will commit $100 million toward a new, multipurpose arena.

Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.

The seismic event that needed to occur to make a new multipurpose arena and the Bucks' viability in Milwaukee seem more than plausible happened Wednesday.

The Golden State Warriors will face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, with the best-of-seven series beginning at Staples Center on Saturday.

The message was made clear nearly a year ago when Michael Malone was hired as coach.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Los Angeles Clippers played out the string of an 82-game regular-season schedule on Wednesday night, knowing before they tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers that their playoff opponent had been set.

At Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City on Wednesday night

Will Barton dropped in a career-high 23 points as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-104, on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams.

Jordan Crawford netted a career-best 41 points and the Golden State Warriors will head into the postseason with momentum following a 116-112 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

The Phoenix Suns surpassed all their preseason projections. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to earn a playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference.

Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman beat a hasty retreat following Wednesday night's 136-130 double-overtime loss to Utah, making a direct exit toward the locker room while his players threw T-shirts into the Target Center crowd on fan appreciation night - the final night of a long season that seemingly refused to end.

Mike D'Antoni might have coached his last game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Or he might return for the final guaranteed year of his contract.

Fresh legs beat fatigue.

Leaving the Trail Blazers' locker room following the regular-season finale, Wesley Matthews was wished well in the playoffs.

A season-ending victory proved meaningless for the Phoenix Suns, who will be remembered for having one of the best records in NBA history that wasn't good enough to make the playoffs.

On a day that was focused on the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks and the future of the organization, the team closed the book on the worst season in franchise history with a 111-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in front of an announced crowd of 13,111 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The NBA announced Wednesday that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was suspended one game without pay for getting his 16th technical foul of the season.

Finally.

One play typified the Orlando Magic's approach to their season finale Wednesday night.

A long season that saddled the Memphis Grizzlies with a number of unexpected twists yielded a couple of desired results in the regular-season finale.

New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat's quest for a three-peat begins Sunday.

The Dallas Mavericks poured heart and soul into Game 82, the finale of an overachieving season. They just couldn't get the payoff they wanted and felt they deserved.

And now begins the second season.

They rose as one, 12 strong, and exhaled before walking into the visitors' locker room.

Mike Conley corralled a Monta Ellis miss with seven seconds remaining in overtime and took off the other way. Like a running back, he put his head down, tried to split four Mavericks on a drive to the basket and drew a foul. Conley hit the subsequent free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 106-105 win over Dallas that clinched them the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Following a Dallas timeout, Ellis, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, hit the back of the rim on a jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer. Memphis (50-32), which began the season 13-17 while dealing with a plethora of injuries, finished 37-15 and will face the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. The Grizzlies knocked off the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals last season before getting swept by San Antonio in the West Finals. Zach Randolph had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol tallied 19 points, nine boards and nine assists and Conley added 22 points and five helpers in the triumph. Dallas (49-33), meanwhile, will clash with their in-state rival Spurs in the first round. Dirk Nowitzki netted a game- high 30 points in defeat.

For all that the Cavaliers endured this season, coach Mike Brown didn't want the final impression of this team to be the way it gave up over the last week after it was officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Joakim Noah, the floor is yours.

The Timberwolves stepped to the threshold of their first winning season in nearly a decade and ... then fell back again, for the 14th and final time this season with a 136-130 double overtime loss to Utah on Wednesday night in a season that just refused to end.

Mike Conley corralled a Monta Ellis miss with seven seconds remaining in overtime and took off the other way.

Trey Burke tallied 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, helping the Utah Jazz to a 136-130 double- overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the regular season finales for both teams.

Rick Adelman trudged off the basketball court for maybe the final time in his professional life and he couldn't hide the disappointment.

The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason.

The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.

With J.R. Smith's 30 points leading the way, the New York Knicks wrapped up a disappointing 2013-14 season on a high note by rallying for a 95-92 victory over the playoff-bound Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks lingered on the court, soaking in the cheers from the fans wearing those giveaway orange shirts that were probably meant for the playoffs.

The playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets sat all of their starters and some key reserves in a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mike Scott scored 17 points to help the Atlanta Hawks in a 111-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

For Philadelphia, the season finale was about what's coming next year. For Miami, it's about what's coming next week.

Anthony Bennett sprinted down the floor in transition Wednesday, caught a pass from Matthew Dellavedova and finished with a terrific dunk in the lane. A few minutes later, he badly missed on a jumper that completely missed the rim.

Tyreke Evans' sore right knee — and long-term contract — gave him every reason to sit out the final two games of a losing season with the Pelicans.

Bradley Beal scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Washington Wizards cruised to a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday to clinch the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists as the New Orleans Pelicans ended their season on a high note with a 105-100 win over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers have vastly different reasons to be glad the regular season is over.

The Atlanta Hawks got a confidence boost before the playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks found out they were being sold.

Bradley Beal stood at his locker near the middle of a noisy Washington locker room and expressed a thought that Wizards' players haven't felt for a few years.

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