Chris Bosh plays hero role for Heat in win over Spurs

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Miami's Chris Bosh shoots over San Antonio's Tiago Splitter during the Heat's win Sunday night. Bosh, a former Georgia Tech star, had 23 points.  ERIC GAY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami's Chris Bosh shoots over San Antonio's Tiago Splitter during the Heat's win Sunday night. Bosh, a former Georgia Tech star, had 23 points.

SAN ANTONIO — Chris Bosh scored 23 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 88-86 on Sunday night with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and sitting out because of injuries.

Ray Allen had 14 points, Norris Cole added 13 and Mike Miller 12 for Miami (58-15), which swept the season series with San Antonio (55-18). By earning the head-to-head tiebreaker with San Antonio, the Heat essentially have a four-game cushion with nine remaining for the league’s best record and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.

Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who a seven-game home winning streak snapped.

Danny Green and Tony Parker added 12 points apiece and Stephen Jackson had 11.

KNICKS 108, CELTICS 89

In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to eight games and moved closer to ending Boston’s hold on the Atlantic Division title.

The Knicks beat the Celtics for the second time this week and won the season series for the first time since 2003-04, when they also went 3-1 against Boston. New York climbed back into a tie with Indiana in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, which would currently mean a playoff meeting with the Celtics.

Jeff Green scored 27 points, and Paul Pierce had 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Celtics had a two-game winning streak snapped. Boston has won the last five division titles since acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007.

The Knicks haven’t won the division since the 1993-94 season.

BULLS 95, PISTONS 94

In Chicago, Luol Deng scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson each added 16, and the Bulls beat Detroit to extend their winning streak to 18 in a row against the Pistons.

Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Greg Monroe added 18 points for the Pistons, who have not beaten Chicago since Dec. 23, 2008. The Pistons last defeated the Bulls at the United Center on Feb. 24, 2006.

HORNETS 112, CAVALIERS 92

In New Orleans, Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead the Hornets to a win over Cleveland.

Anthony Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Brian Roberts scored 15 and Eric Gordon 14 for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing streak, including a blowout loss to Miami
on Friday.

Davis’ double-double was his 17th, tops among NBA rookies.

WIZARDS 109, RAPTORS 92

In Washington, Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his return to the lineup, leading the Wizards over Toronto.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington. The Wizards, who came in having lost two in a row on the road, won their seventh straight at home and moved into a tie with Toronto for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.


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