Heat secure playoff berth

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Miami's LeBron James scored 41 points as the Heat defeated the 76ers by six on Tuesday.  WILFREDO LEE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami's LeBron James scored 41 points as the Heat defeated the 76ers by six on Tuesday.

MIAMI — LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

James scored 14 consecutive Miami points in the fourth quarter, helping the Heat finish off a four-game season sweep of Philadelphia and extend their home-court winning streak to 16 games. Chris Bosh scored 17 points and Udonis Haslem grabbed 11 rebounds for Miami, which won despite Dwyane Wade sitting out with a bruised left knee.

Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia, which fell 1½ games behind Boston in the Atlantic Division.

PACERS 112, KNICKS 104

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and Indiana rallied from 17 points down in the second half to beat New York.

The Pacers outscored the Knicks 40-17 in the final 12 minutes.

Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Knicks.

New York played without forward Amare Stoudemire (back) for the fifth straight game, and point guard Jeremy Lin is out for the regular season after having surgery on his left knee.

PISTONS 102, MAGIC 95

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 22 points and 11 rebounds, leading Detroit over depleted Orlando.

The Magic were without starters Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson because of injuries.

Ben Gordon added 18 points for the Pistons.

SPURS 125, CAVALIERS 90

In Cleveland, Danny Green scored 19 points against a Cleveland team that released him last season and Tony Parker added 19 and the San Antonio coasted to its eighth consecutive win.

Green played his rookie season for Cleveland, which cut him at the end of training camp in 2011. He’s found a new home with the Spurs, who built a 22-point lead in the first half and rested Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for most of the fourth quarter.

Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 13 points for the Cavs in his return after missing one game with a sprained right shoulder.

RAPTORS 92, BOBCATS 87

In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 20 and Toronto beat Charlotte, snapping a six-game losing streak to the lowly Bobcats.


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