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Wizards down Celtics, sew up No. 5 seed in East
(L-R) Bradley Beal and Phil Pressey
The Wizards won their last four games of the regular season.
Boston, MA ( - 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.

The Wizards (44-38) won their last four games of the regular season for their best record in nine years and will face the Chicago Bulls on the road Sunday in their first playoff game in six years.

The Celtics (25-57) went 3-16 in their last 19 games to finish with their worst record since going 24-58 in 2006-07, the season before they added Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and won the team's first NBA championship in 22 years.  continue>>

Coaches headed to the unemployment line
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
Philadelphia, PA ( - Wednesday will mark the end of the NBA regular season and thus the end of some head-coaching tenures.

It's as inevitable as the sunrise and in some cases truly warranted. We could debate the merits of firing these men, but let's deal in realities. There are going to be vacancies, so let's take a look at those who are definitely gone, and those who should check the caller ID before answering the phone on Thursday.  continue>>