Heat clinch NBA playoff spot

The Miami Heat edge the Washington Wizards to the playoffs while the Philadelphia 76ers continue losing streak.

    LeBron James led with 23 points as Miami ended a three-game losing streak [AP]
    LeBron James led with 23 points as Miami ended a three-game losing streak [AP]

    LeBron James led with 23 points as the Miami Heat edged the Washington Wizards 99-90 to clinch an NBA playoff spot.

    Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Miami ended a three-game losing streak and moved within one game of Indiana in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

    Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Martell Webster added 17 and Drew Gooden scored 15 for the Wizards.

    Elsewhere, the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 to send the Philadelphia 76ers to their 17th straight loss.

    Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Tony Wroten also had 23 points for the struggling 76ers.

    Los Angeles power forward Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out as the Clippers won their eighth straight game 112-105 over the Phoenix Suns.

    At Charlotte, Al Jefferson scored 26 points and Kemba Walker added 24 as the Bobcats beat the Denver Nuggets 105-98 for their seventh straight home win.

    The Milwaukee Bucks downed the Orlando Magic 105-98 after Brandon Knight scored 24 points and sparked Milwaukee's rousing rally from an 18-point deficit with a dunk, while the Brooklyn Nets edged the Toronto Raptors 101-97.

    SOURCE: AP


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