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|Friday, 08 March 2013 18:24|
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Ray Allen added 12 and Shane Battier scored 11 for the Heat, who matched the 12th-longest winning streak in NBA history and became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot this season.
Down by nine in the third quarter, the Heat took a 76-75 lead when James beat the buzzer to end the period with a 3-pointer, then took control with what became a 17-4 run over a 5-minute stretch of the fourth.
Thaddeus Young scored 25 points, for the 76ers, who lost their 12th straight on the road and 13th straight regular-season game against Miami.
NETS 95, WIZARDS 78
NEW YORK (AP) - Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Washington Wizards.
Williams made his first eight shots behind the arc, became the first player in a decade to match the opposing team's score in the first half, and was one shy of the NBA record of 12 3-pointers as the Nets opened a huge early lead and coasted.
He missed from straightaway with 1:08 left in the game, leaving him one shy of the record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
John Wall had 16 points for the Wizards, who played without rookie guard Bradley Beal, their leading scorer, because of a sprained left ankle and lost for the fourth time in five games.
THUNDER 116, BOBCATS 94
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Bobcats for their fourth straight victory.
Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha both had 13 points for the Thunder, who blew open a close game with 19-0 run to start the second quarter. Serge Ibaka scored 12 points, and Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin each chipped in with 11.
The Thunder shot 59 percent from the field in the first three quarters to build a 90-66 lead and rested their starters the rest of the way.
Gerald Henderson scored 21 points to lead the Bobcats, who have lost nine straight overall and 22 of their last 24 games at home.
PACERS 115, MAGIC 86
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Paul George had 25 points and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 and the Indiana Pacers used a big first half to roll past the Orlando Magic.
Indiana scored 30 points off 21 Orlando turnovers and also connected on 11 3-pointers in the victory.
The Pacers ended a three-game regular-season losing streak to the Magic. It was also their second straight game without forward Danny Granger, who is expected to miss a week resting a sore left knee.
Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 19 points. The Magic have lost five of their past six and haven't posted a home win since Feb. 10.
GRIZZLIES 103, CAVALIERS 92
CLEVELAND (AP) - Marc Gasol scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies held off a late run for a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Memphis, which strengthened its hold on the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, has won 11 of 12 and is 12-4 since trading star forward Rudy Gay to Toronto on Jan. 30. The Grizzlies' previous victory in Cleveland came on Nov. 29, 2003, LeBron James' rookie season with the Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving, who missed Cleveland's morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, scored a team-high 24 points.
Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless each scored 17 points and Grizzlies pulled away after the Cavaliers cut the lead to 88-84 with 5:21 to play.
MAVERICKS 102, PISTONS 99
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - O.J. Mayo scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat the Detroit Pistons when Charlie Villanueva missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
The Mavericks blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing Detroit to go ahead 97-96 on a 3-pointer by Khris Middleton.
Dirk Nowitzki made two straight shots to put Dallas ahead by three. It was 100-99 after Villanueva caught Jose Calderon's airball and made a layup with 6 seconds left.
Darren Collison made two free throws for the Mavericks, and Villanueva missed from the left corner.
BULLS 89, JAZZ 88
CHICAGO (AP) - Marco Belinelli made a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bulls over the Utah Jazz.
Belinelli missed a potential tying jumper, but got a second chance when Joakim Noah grabbed the rebound. Jimmy Butler then swung the ball back out to Belinelli in the corner, and he connected on the fallaway 3 to put Chicago in front to stay. Gordon Hayward missed a jumper on the other end for Utah, and Butler secured the rebound as the horn sounded.
Belinelli and Carlos Boozer had 22 points apiece for Chicago.
Al Jefferson scored 23 points in his return to the lineup for the Jazz.
TRAIL BLAZERS 136, SPURS 106
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Damian Lillard had 35 points and nine assists and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs to set a record for most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and J.J. Hickson had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which handed San Antonio its worst loss this season. Eric Maynor added 20 points off the bench and Wesley Matthews had 15 points.
Tim Duncan had 18 points to lead the Spurs, who were playing their third straight game without All-Star point guard Tony Parker. San Antonio had difficulty keeping pace with Portland's athleticism in losing for only the fourth time in 29 home games this season.
CELTICS 107, HAWKS 102
BOSTON (AP) - Jason Terry hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime and the Boston Celtics rallied after blowing a big lead in regulation and beat the Atlanta Hawks.
The Celtics blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed by four in overtime before outshooting the Hawks from beyond the arc in overtime.
Jeff Green, Paul Pierce and Terry all hit 3-pointers in the OT and the Celtics held the Hawks without a point for the final 1:20 to clinch Boston's fifth straight win. Pierce finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Garnett had 17 points and eight rebounds and Terry scored 19, 11 more than Atlanta's reserves combined.
Josh Smith scored 32 points and Jeff Teague had 26 points and nine assists for the Hawks, who outscored the Celtics 48-32 in the paint.