Pacers eliminate 3 teams from playoff contention by beating Rockets

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Thanks to the Indiana Pacers, the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and Milwaukee Bucks have officially been eliminated from postseason contention.

With Sunday's 104-101 win over the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers extinguished the last glimmer of hope the three teams had of possibly sneaking into the playoffs.

2015-16 Eastern Conference Standings (March 27, 2016)

Seed Team Record PCT GB
5 Miami Heat 42-30 0.583 9.5
6 Charlotte Hornets 42-31 0.575 10
7 Indiana Pacers 39-34 0.534 13
8 Detroit Pistons 39-35 0.527 13.5
9 Chicago Bulls 36-36 0.500 15.5
10 Washington Wizards 35-37 0.486 16.5
11 Orlando Magic 30-43 0.411 22
12 Milwaukee Bucks 30-44 0.405 22.5
13 New York Knicks 30-44 0.405 22.5

The Magic have the longest playoff drought of the group, with this being the fourth straight season they've failed to qualify. The Bucks fell to the Chicago Bulls in the opening round last season, while the Knicks advanced to the second round during their last trip in 2012-13.

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