The Charlotte Bobcats couldn't even beat a new York Knicks team resting most of its starters, finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history after a 104-84 loss at home on Thursday night.
J.R. Smith scored 22 points for the Knicks, who pulled away in the second half to clinch the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed and a first-round playoff matchup against No. 2 Miami beginning Saturday.
Gerald Henderson had 21 points for the Bobcats, whose 23d consecutive loss left them with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The record was set 39 years ago, when the 1972-73 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.
The Knicks held out Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis, while Amar'e Stoudemire had 21 points over two quarters.
John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points, Joakim Noah had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs with a 107-75 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau took no chances in the regular-season finale, resting Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Kyle Korver. Chicago will host the 76ers on Saturday.
Elsewhere: Playing without LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for the second straight game, the Miami Heat suffered their worst defeat of the season, a 104-70 loss on the road to the Washington Wizards. . . . Paul Pierce scored all 12 of his points in the first half despite missing most of it with a sprained toe and Rajon Rondo had 15 assists as the host Boston Celtics closed the regular season with a 87-74 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Marc Gasol scored 22 points, Rudy Gay added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies claimed the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with an 88-76 win at home over the short-handed Orlando Magic. . . . Josh Smith scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched home-court advantage in the first round, racing to a 23-point lead in the opening quarter on the way to a 106-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.