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  • Miami's 'B' squad clinches home court

  • WASHINGTON — Ray Allen scored 23 points, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench, and Miami's B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, clinching the best record in the NBA with a 103-98 win over Washington on Wednesday.
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  • WASHINGTON — Ray Allen scored 23 points, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench, and Miami's B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, clinching the best record in the NBA with a 103-98 win over Washington on Wednesday.
    With James (right hamstring) and Wade (sprained ankle and bruised knee) looking like two guys sitting at a bus stop, and Chris Bosh at home with flu-like symptoms, plus Udonis Haslem getting the night off because of a sore right ankle, the what-was-left-over of the Heat committed 25 turnovers but still managed the win that assured they'll finish better than the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs.
    The Heat, who have won four straight, also set a franchise record for victories with 62, moving one ahead of the 1996-97 team. They also improved to 14-1 on the second night of back-to-backs.
    A.J. Price tied a career high with 23 points and John Wall had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who had won nine straight at home.
    Nuggets 96, Spurs 86
    At Denver, Wilson Chandler scored 29 points and Corey Brewer had 28 as Denver overcame a slow start to post its franchise-record 21st straight home win.
    The Nuggets (54-24) also tied their franchise record for victories in an NBA season, with four games remaining, including two at home, where they improved to a league-best 36-3.
    Nets 101, Celtics 93
    At Boston, Deron Williams had 29 points and 12 assists to lead Brooklyn over Boston.
    Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 20 for Brooklyn, which won for the 12 time in 18 games overall and beat the Celtics for the third time in four meetings this season.
    Suns 102, Mavericks 91
    At Dallas, P.J. Tucker scored 17 points, including two key baskets in the closing minutes, and Phoenix helped eliminate Dallas from postseason contention for the first time since 2000.
    The Suns blew a 14-point lead in the second quarter and almost did it again in the fourth before hanging on to snap a 10-game losing streak that was their longest in 16 years.
    Clippers 111, Timberwolves 95
    At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 19 points apiece, and Los Angeles beat Minnesota for its franchise-record 31st home win of the season.
    Paul added 11 assists, and Willie Green had 15 points in breaking the old mark of 30 wins by the 1974-75 team, when it was known as the Buffalo Braves. The Clippers improved to 31-9 at home, three days after clinching their first Pacific Division title in franchise history.
    Hawks 124, 76ers 101
    At Philadelphia, Josh Smith had 28 points and 12 rebounds, John Jenkins added 21 points and Atlanta blitzed Philadelphia.
    Mike Scott contributed 17, Al Horford had 16 and Jeff Teague 13 for the Hawks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 43-36.
    Magic 113, Bucks 103, OT
    At Orlando, Fla., Nik Vucevic had a career-high 30 points and 20 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 30 points and 19 rebounds, and Orlando rallied for an overtime victory over Milwaukee.
    The Magic overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, sending it to OT on a 3-pointer by Harris with 1.9 seconds left. Vucevic and Harris combined for nine points in the extra period to help Orlando snap a five-game losing streak.
    Pistons 111, Cavaliers 104
    At Cleveland, Andre Drummond scored a career-high 29 points and Detroit won a second straight game for the first time in two months.
    Greg Monroe's basket with 38.8 seconds remaining gave Detroit a 105-103 lead and the Pistons, who hadn't won consecutive games since Feb. 8-9, swept the four-game season series from the Cavaliers. Detroit has beaten Cleveland six straight times.
    Drummond also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Monroe scored 23 points and Rodney Stuckey added 18.
    Kings 121, Hornets 110
    At Sacramento, Calif., John Salmons had 22 points, and Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton each added 20 to help Sacramento snap a four-game losing streak.
    The Kings led by 17 at the half and surpassed the 100-point mark early in the fourth quarter when they stretched the lead to 28 points against the struggling Hornets.
    The victory halted a season-high five-game home losing streak for the Kings, who have a 20-20 record at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings haven't had a .500 or better home record since the 2007-08 season, when they went 26-15.
    Isaiah Thomas had 15 points and DeMarcus Cousins 11 for the Kings. Eric Gordon scored 23 points for the Hornets.
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