The Celtics won by drubbing the resting Cavaliers. The Pacers won by overcoming a 54-point performance by the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook.
And the Nets lost to the Bucks, who clinched a playoff berth.
The results of Sunday gave the Celtics a one-game lead for the No. 7 seed and moved the Nets and Pacers into a tie for No. 8. The Nets hold the final playoff spot with a tiebreaker over the Pacers (2-1) with two game remaining in the regular season. They remain the No. 1 Hawks first-round opponent – for now. For those hoping, the Nets can still fall into the lottery (a pick the Hawks own) in the final week.
The Celtics hold the tiebreaker over the Nets (3-1).
The Nets host the Bulls tonight. The long-shot Heat are also in action and would be eliminated with a loss at home to the Magic.
Here’s how things stand in the Eastern Conference for the final two spots:
7. Boston (38-42) 22.0 GB 2 games remaining
8. Brooklyn (37-43) 23.0 GB 2 games remaining
9. Indiana (37-43) 23.0 GB 2 games remaining
10. Miami (35-45) 25.0 GB 2 games remaining
Celtics: 1 home, 1 away – vs. Raptors April 14, at Bucks April 15
Nets: 2 home, 0 away – vs. Bulls April 13, vs. Magic April 15
Pacers: 1 home, 1 away – vs. Wizards April 14, at Grizzlies April 15
Heat: 1 home, 1 away – vs. Magic April 13, at 76ers April 15