Cavaliers-Pistons, Raptors-Pacers set as first-round playoff matchups

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The Pistons’ loss to the Heat on Tuesday sealed Detroit as the eighth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, setting up a matchup with the top-seeded Cavaliers.

The Pacers, who beat the Knicks earlier in the night, also locked in the seventh seed and a first-round series against the second-seeded Raptors.

Dwyane Wade got off to his slowest start offensively in a decade and finished with 14 points, helping the Heat to a 99-93 win.

Miami will win the Southeast Division and earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs if it closes the regular season Wednesday night by beating Boston on the road.

Wade didn’t score until there was 4:14 left in the first half. He had not been scoreless that long at the start of a game since March 17, 2006, against Charlotte, according to STATS. Wade broke his scoreless start with a three-point play and had seven points in a 50-second stretch.

Joe Johnson scored 25 points, including consecutive 3-pointers to help the Heat take a seven-point lead midway through the fourth. He made another shot from beyond the arc with 46.5 seconds left to put them up by seven again.

Miami’s Goran Dragic scored 16 points, Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and nine rebounds while Luol Deng had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pistons were without their leading scorer, Reggie Jackson, who missed the game with an abdominal strain.

Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris each scored 16. Steve Blake scored 10, starting in Jackson’s place. Andre Drummond had nine points and 18 rebounds.

Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 points for the Pacers, who beat New York 102-90 to win their final home game of the regular season.

Trailing 64-62, the Pacers (44-37) finished the final seven minutes of the third quarter with a 17-6 run that gave Indiana a 79-70 lead heading into the final period.

New York (32-50) led at the end of the first and second quarters before the Pacers rallied in the third quarter.