NBA roundup: Road-warrior Nets top 76ers

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 13 2012 11:48 p.m. MDT

PHILADELPHIA — Gerald Green scored 23 points, and Kris Humphries had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 95-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Deron Williams had 11 points and 10 assists, MarShon Brooks scored 22 points and Jordan Williams had 13. New Jersey's 13 road wins are four more than they have at home.

Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 19 points, Evan Turner had 18 and Thaddeus Young 13.

The Sixers snapped a two-game winning streak and suffered a big blow in their push up the Eastern Conference standings. They started the game clinging to seventh place and play six of their final seven games on the road. This was a game they could not afford to lose.

The Sixers, who started 20-9, have not won three straight games since March 7-11.

HEAT 105, BOBCATS 82: At Miami, LeBronJames had 19 points and nine rebounds and ChrisBosh had 18 points and seven rebounds to help Miami complete a three-game season-series sweep of Charlotte.

Miami led by 22 after three quarters and rested James, who also had five assists, the entire final period.

The Heat, playing without DwyaneWade again due to an ankle injury, improved to 11-1 in the star guard's absence. He is expected back for Sunday's game at New York.

DerrickBrown had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Charlotte, which lost its 15th straight. The Bobcats trailed 33-19 after the first quarter and got no closer than 15 points in the second half.

PACERS 102, CAVALIERS 83: Indianapolis, DannyGranger scored 18 points to help Indiana clinch a playoff berth.

TylerHansbrough scored 16 points, GeorgeHill had 15 and seven assists, LeandroBarbosa scored 13 points and RoyHibbert added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won seven of eight. The Pacers have won all three games Hill has started at point guard while DarrenCollison has recovered from a sore groin.

Indiana (37-22) matched its win total from last season. The Pacers are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

OmriCasspi matched a season high with 14 points and SamardoSamuels had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Cleveland shot just 35 percent from the field.

The Pacers, best known for their defense, scored more than 100 points for the eighth time in nine games. Indiana won the season series 3-1.

RAPTORS 84, CELTICS 79: At Toronto, DeMarDeRozan scored 13 of his 22 points in the third quarter and made four pivotal free throws down the stretch.

DeRozan was a perfect 13-for-13 from the line as the Raptors ended a four-game losing skid despite being without two of their top players.

Big man AndreaBargnani was shut down for the rest of 2011-12 with an aggravation of a lingering left calf injury that had forced him to miss nearly half the season, while point guard JoseCalderon was still feeling the effects of a right eye bruise and was kept out as a precaution.

PaulPierce's 18 points paced the Celtics (34-25), who nearly wiped out a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit but ultimately fell shot in the opener of a dizzying stretch that will see them play six games in six different cities over an eight-day span. Boston remained three games ahead of Philadelphia atop the Atlantic Division after the 76ers dropped a 95-89 decision to the New Jersey Nets.

HAWKS 109, MAGIC 81: At Orlando, Fla., JanneroPargo hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and JoeJohnson,JoshSmith and MarvinWilliams each had 16.

The Hawks earned their third straight win over the Magic this season and have now won six consecutive regular-season meetings over their division mates.

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