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Wade scores 55 points in Heat's win over Knicks

DWYANE Wade scored 55 points, one shy of the franchise record, and the Heat wrapped up the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the New York Knicks 122-105 last night.

Miami will play fourth-seeded Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs.

Wade shot 19-for-30 from the field, set a career high with six 3-pointers, and nearly topped Glen Rice's team record of 56 points before leaving with 1:06 remaining.

Michael Beasley finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who also got 15 points from Mario Chalmers.

Al Harrington and Tyson Chandler each scored 21 points for New York.

Hornets 102, Mavericks 92

At New Orleans, Chris Paul narrowly missed his seventh triple-double with 31 points, 17 assists and nine rebounds. David West scored 31 points to help New Orleans (49-31) move a game ahead of Dallas for the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference. Each team has two games left in the regular season.

Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had pulled even with New Orleans on Friday by beating the Hornets in Dallas.

Cavaliers 107, Celtics 76

At Cleveland, LeBron James made five 3-pointers and scored 29 points as the Cavaliers beat the NBA champions to move within one win of matching the 1985-86 Celtics for the best home record in league history.

At 39-1, the Cavs can tie Boston's mark against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

The Cavs led 31-9 after the first quarter, opened a 30-point lead in the second and turned a possible playoff preview into a rout.

It was Cleveland's most lopsided win ever in 173 games against the Celtics.

Raptors 111, 76ers 104

At Toronto, Chris Bosh scored 22 points as the Raptors handed the 76ers their season-high fifth straight loss.

Anthony Parker scored 18 points, Andrea Bargnani had 17 and Shawn Marion had 14 for the Raptors, who won for the first time in five games.

Louis Williams had 23 points and Andre Iguodala had 21 for the 76ers, with Samuel Dalembert adding 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Andre Miller and Marreese Speights each had 10 points for the 76ers, who have their first five-game losing streak since dropping seven in a row between Jan. 2-14, 2008.

Spurs 95, Kings 92

At Sacramento, California, Michael Finley's 3-pointer won the game with 1.3 seconds left despite his apparent shot-clock violation.

Tony Parker had 25 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who moved into a tie with Houston atop the Southwest Division with two games left.

San Antonio kept Tim Duncan out of uniform to rest his sore knees, and the NBA-worst Kings led for most of the night before Finley's winner - even if television replays appeared to show the ball still in Finley's hands with the shot clock at 00.

Referee Dan Crawford's crew explained that shot-clock violations are unreviewable to irate Sacramento coach Kenny Natt, whose Kings lost their eighth straight.

Lakers 92, Grizzlies 75

At Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum scored 18 points in his third game back from a knee injury to help the Lakers to victory.

Kobe Bryant took just nine shots, made seven, and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Pau Gasol, often matched against his brother Marc in the middle, scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds.

The 7-foot Bynum, who missed 32 games after tearing a ligament in his right knee on Jan. 31, played 25:03 against the Grizzlies. He went 6-of-10 from the floor and had five rebounds.

O.J. Mayo led the Grizzlies with 20 points, and Marc Gasol had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists.


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