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76ers edge Cavaliers in home finale

THE Cleveland Cavaliers lost just the second home game all season and missed a chance to tie an NBA record after Philadelphia 76ers defeated them 111-110 on Wednesday, the final day of the regular season.

The Cavaliers, who long ago secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, elected to rest forward LeBron James, All-Star guard Mo Williams and other regulars for the finale. They then watched the Cavs fall one win short of the 40-1 home record in a season set by the Boston Celtics in 1985-86, as Andre Miller scored 30 points to help the Sixers snap a six-game losing streak.

Despite losing a chance to tie the record, the mood was upbeat as the Cavaliers finished with 66 wins overall, most in the NBA.

"It just shows how good our team is," Cleveland forward Wally Szczerbiak told reporters. "We have guys who don't even see the floor and when they get a chance to show what they can do, they are pretty darn good basketball players.

"We're very confident heading into the playoffs."

James demonstrated that confidence when he addressed the fans before the game from center court.

"We thank you all, and we look forward to you all being here and we're going to bring y'all that championship," James said to cheers.

Heading into the season's final night, six of the 14 games on the schedule directly impacted the first round playoff seedings.

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In San Antonio, Michael Finley forced overtime with a 3-pointer as time expired, then Tim Duncan dominated to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a division-clinching 105-98 win over the New Orleans Hornets.

Coupled with Houston's loss to Dallas, the Spurs clinched the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

In Dallas, Jason Kidd notched a triple-double and Jason Terry was superb in the fourth quarter, powering Dallas to a 95-84 victory over Houston that started the dominoes tumbling in the Western Conference playoff chase. Dallas will be the No. 6 seed and play the Spurs in the playoffs. The Rockets will be fifth and open at Portland.

Kidd had 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Terry scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.

Yao Ming scored 23 points - none in the fourth quarter for Houston.

In Chicago, Shawn Marion scored a season-high 34 points and Toronto ended Chicago's five-game winning streak with a 109-98 win.

In Boston, Eddie House sank five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Boston beat Washington 115-107 without its three top players.

Elsewhere, it was: Magic 98, Bobcats 73; Heat 102, Pistons 96; Grizzlies 98, Hawks 90; Pacers 115, Bucks 108; Kings 97, Timberwolves 90; Knicks 102, Nets 73; Trail Blazers 104, Nuggets 76; Suns 117, Warriors 113; and Thunder 126, Clippers 85.


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