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NBA roundup: Big 4th quarter lifts Heat to victory over 76ers

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 25 2011 11:48 p.m. MDT

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, LeBron James finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds of his own, and the Miami Heat went on two huge scoring runs to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-99 on Friday night.

Chris Bosh added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who went on a 23-2 run in the second quarter to erase what was a 16-point deficit, then put it away with a 24-5 burst in the fourth.

Louis Williams scored 24 points for Philadelphia, which got 15 more from fellow reserve Thaddeus Young. Jodie Meeks added 14 for Philadelphia, which was outscored 34-17 in the fourth quarter.

BULLS 99, GRIZZLIES 96: At Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 24 points, including Chicago's last seven, and added seven rebounds and seven assists as the Bulls won their 11th in 12 games.

Rose made two free throws with 2 1/2 minutes left to give Chicago the lead, then drove past Tony Allen and converted over Marc Gasol with 10 seconds remaining to increase Chicago's lead to 97-93. Once again hearing those "MVP!" chants, Rose made the resulting free throw.

Memphis had one last chance after O.J. Mayo connected from long range and Rose had a 1-for-2 trip at the line, but Mike Conley missed a 3-pointer over Joakim Noah as time expired.

Luol Deng scored 23 and Carlos Boozer added 12 points and nine boards for Chicago.

Zach Randolph scored 16 points and Gasol added 14 for Memphis.

BOBCATS 83, CELTICS 81: At Boston, Dante Cunningham hit a go-ahead 15-foot jumper with 34 seconds left and Charlotte erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats outscored the Celtics 30-15 in the final period. Boston's hopes ended when Ray Allen missed a 3-point attempt and Kevin Garnett failed on a jumper in the final 5 seconds.

Charlotte moved two games behind Indiana, which lost to Sacramento, for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston, which began the night a half-game behind Chicago for the best record in the East, lost for the sixth time in 10 games.

DJ White led the Bobcats with a career-high 17 points.

Boston was led by Paul Pierce with 18.

MAGIC 95, NETS 85: At Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Hedo Turkoglu added 20 points and 13 assists to lead Orlando.

Orlando won its fifth straight game and completed a 4-0 season sweep of New Jersey. The Magic have also won 14 of their last 17 meetings overall against the Nets.

Anthony Morrow had 19 points for the Nets, while Jordan Farmar added 15 points and 16 assists. New Jersey lost for the fifth time in six games.

THUNDER 111, TIMBERWOLVES 103: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 23 points and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and five steals for Oklahoma City.

Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double in the past four games, and the Thunder had seven players score in double figures.

Anthony Randolph started in place of Kevin Love for the second straight game and had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota. Love was not with the team because of a groin injury.

Michael Beasley scored 20 points and Darko Milicic had 16 points for Minnesota.

NUGGETS 114, WIZARDS 94: At Denver, Chris Andersen had 11 rebounds and was one of four players to score 17 points for Denver, which improved to 12-4 since trading Carmelo Anthony to New York.

Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson and Al Harrington also had 17, while J.R. Smith added 14 to lead six Nuggets players in double figures.

Jordan Crawford had 19 points, JaVale McGee had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and John Wall had 13 rebounds and six assists for the Wizards.

Washington fell to 1-34 on the road and has two games left on its five-game Western trip.

BUCKS 102, KNICKS 96: At New York, Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 37 points to help Milwaukee send New York to its fifth consecutive loss.

Andrew Bogut added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the third time in four games and pulled within two games of Indiana for the final playoff spot in the East.

Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points for the Knicks, losers of eight of nine and 7-11 since acquiring Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 25.

KINGS 110, PACERS 93: At Indianapolis, DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help Sacramento to its fourth win in seven games.

Samuel Dalembert had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Francisco Garcia scored 16 points and Marcus Thornton added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Kings.

Danny Granger scored 20 points for the Pacers, who missed an opportunity to strengthen their grip on the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

CAVALIERS 97, PISTONS 91: At Cleveland, J.J. Hickson scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Baron Davis hit a critical 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining to lead Cleveland.

The win was only the second in the last 10 games for Cleveland, while Detroit has lost three straight and six of eight. The Cavaliers also broke a seven-game home losing streak.

Davis returned for Cleveland after missing three games because of back spasms. He scored 16 points and had five assists in 24 minutes.

Tayshuan Prince and Richard Hamilton scored 15 points apiece for Detroit.

HORNETS 106, SUNS 100: At Phoenix, Carl Landry, starting in place of injured David West, scored 19 points and the New Orleans Hornets pulled out a victory over Phoenix, sinking the Suns further out of the Western Conference playoff race.

The Hornets, who lost leading scorer West for the season with a knee injury in a victory at Utah on Thursday night, won for the fifth time in six games to stay in a virtual tie with Portland for the No. 6 spot in the West.

Chris Paul led five Hornets in double figures with 22 points. Jarrett Jack added 17, Trevor Ariza 16 and Willie Green 15.

Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes before leaving the game with a broken nose with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. Grant Hill also scored 18, while Jared Dudley and Aaron Brooks added 17 apiece.

TRAIL BLAZERS 98, SPURS 96: At Portland, Ore., Nicolas Batum scored over Tony Parker at the buzzer and the Portland Trail Blazers edged the San Antonio Spurs.

Batum finished with 21 points for the Blazers, who won their sixth straight game at the Rose Garden, and their sixth in a row at home against the Spurs.

San Antonio led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter but Portland pulled within one at 91-90 after a pair of free throws from Batum. Parker answered with a layup and Manu Ginobili made a 3-pointer to put San Antonio in front 96-90 with 1:21 left.

Andre Miller made two straight layups before Batum added another pair of free throws to tie it with 0.9 seconds left.

WARRIORS 138, RAPTORS 100: At Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis had 27 points and 10 assists, Dorell Wright finished with 26 points and the Golden State Warriors scored an NBA season-high 84 points in the first half in a rout of the Toronto Raptors.

Stephen Curry added 23 points and eight assists to help the Warriors snap a six-game losing streak in blowout fashion. The first-half point total topped this season's previous high of 80 set by Denver in a victory over Cleveland.

DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa and Ed Davis scored 19 points each in a demoralizing defeat for a Toronto team also assured of missing the playoffs. They trailed by 26 points at the half, by 47 in the fourth quarter and were never competitive.

The Raptors also lost Jose Calderon to a strained left hamstring.

LAKERS 112, CLIPPERS 104: At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 37 points and Pau Gasol added 26 for the Lakers.

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