Knicks clinch playoff spot on night off

Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson.
CHRIS TROTMAN/GETTY IMAGES

It’s always nice to let someone else do the work for you.

The Knicks clinched their second straight playoff appearance Thursday night and they didn’t even have to step on the floor to do so. The Bucks, currently in the No. 9 spot in the East, lost to the Pacers 118-109, meaning even if they win their final four games and the Knicks (33-29) lose their remaining four the Knicks will make the playoffs. New York holds that tiebreaker thanks to a 2-2 season series tie and a better record against Eastern Conference playoff teams (the third tiebreaker).

The Bucks (29-33) have now lost three straight games at the most inopportune of times.

Milwaukee and New York met in a critical game on April 11 in the Bucks’ home arena. The Knicks came out with a 111-107 win behind 32 points from Carmelo Anthony and clutch shooting from J.R. Smith. The Bucks are 1-3 since. They do still have a small chance of making the playoffs, but they’ll need a lot of help from the Sixers.

The Knicks currently have a one-game lead on those Sixers for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has four games left all on the road. They start at Indiana Friday night and then at New Jersey, at Milwaukee and at Detroit to finish out the schedule.

The Knicks play at Cleveland Friday, at Atlanta, vs. the Los Angeles Clippers and at Charlotte. They are three games back of Orlando, who just lost Dwight Howard for the season, in the No. 6 spot.

The Bulls currently hold a lead on the No. 1 seed over the Heat, but the two played Thursday night and Miami won 83-72, trimming Chicago’s lead to just 1.5 games.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New Apple devices include default kill switch

By Marina LopesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Apple Inc phones include a theft deterrent system that enables users to lock their devices and wipe them clean…

National

PHOTO: Photographer comes face-to-face with deadly crocodile

A deadly crocodile comes face-to-face with a courageous photographer, who manages to take a set of jaw-dropping pictures of the teeth-baring reptile.

Local

Brooklyn packed for annual West Indian Day Parade

Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway was packed Monday with an estimated one million people showing up on Labor Day to celebrate West Indian culture.

Local

James Michael Tyler on Gunther, Central Perk and…

We spoke with Gunther (James Michael Tyler) at the preview for new pop-up Central Perk, based on the cafe in "Friends."

Movies

Review: Bickering family dramedy 'This is Where I…

A talented cast sits Shiva in the bickering family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You," although it's more sap than yuks.

Movies

Review: Desert-walking movie 'Tracks' would be better as…

Mia Wasikowska walks 1700 miles across Australia's deserts in "Tracks," in a story that defies triumph-of-the-spirit cliches but gets some of them anyway.

Movies

Review: 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is the…

Liam Neeson's latest thriller actually has a respected source and writer-director, but it's still very much a Liam Neeson thriller.

The Word

The Word: Avril Lavigne not such a Nickelback…

Say it ain't so! After recently celebrating a year of wedded bliss — and showing off a gaudy 17-carat diamond ring to mark the occasion,…

NFL

Eric Decker 'unlikely to play' against Bears: Source

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker's status for Monday night’s game against the Bears is in doubt after he missed practice again Wednesday.

NFL

Preston Parker, not Odell Beckham, will replace Jerrel…

Tom Coughlin noted the next man up will be unheralded veteran Preston Parker.

NFL

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL

Fantasy football: Run with Knile Davis, Khiry Robinson,…

Fantasy football: Run with Knile Davis, Khiry Robinson, Donald Brown

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…