Miami exit spoils Dwyane Wade farewell as Detroit edge closer to playoff spot

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, hugs Derrick Jones Jr. after Wade’s final NBA basketball game, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami. Wade is retiring. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Dwyane Wade was given an emotional send-off in his final home game with the Miami Heat on Tuesday but results elsewhere eliminated the Florida team from playoff contention.The 37-year-old three-time NBA champion delivered a 30-point display as the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by 122-99 at the American Airlines Arena. ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Charlotte need to beat Orlando on Wednesday and hope that Detroit slip up against the Knicks to leapfrog the Pistons into the postseason.Against Cleveland on Tuesday the Hornets were led by Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb with 23 points each.The Pistons recovered from a sluggish start which saw them trail by 22 points at one stage before recovering for the win.Ish Smith scored 22 points off the bench while Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds to rescue Detroit.Blake Griffin was restricted to five points in 18 minutes. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magic Johnson on abrupt resignation as Lakers chief: ‘I want to go back to having fun’ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated But the Detroit Pistons’ 100-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies ended Miami’s slender hopes of progressing to the playoffs.Wade gave a heartfelt salute to his fans in a pre-game ceremony in Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I love y’all, man,” Wade told the crowd. “I thank you guys for dancing with me this year. I thank y’all for your patience this year. I thank y’all for the love.“I’m thankful for this moment. I’m thankful for this entire season.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Wade, a 13-time NBA All-Star, was also honored with video tributes throughout his home finale, with former US President Barack Obama leading the plaudits.“D-Wade! Congratulations on a great run. Now, I know what you’re going through, because saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy,” Obama said. “I’ve been there. In my case though, I didn’t really have a choice. My knees were shot so I had to give up basketball forever,” he joked. Detroit, meanwhile, can seal their playoff berth from the Eastern Conference with victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday in the final round of regular season games.The Charlotte Hornets also have a slender chance of progression after demolishing the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-97.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img