NBA roundup: Heat extract a little revenge on Bulls

Published: Sunday, April 14 2013 11:58 p.m. MDT

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Miami Heat set a franchise record for home wins in a season, beating the Chicago Bulls 105-93 on Sunday.

Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 15 for Miami, which improved to 36-4 at home — topping the 35-6 mark by the 2004-05 Heat.

Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped Miami's 27-game winning streak last month. Chicago finished with 29 field goals and 30 fouls, allowing the Heat to shoot a season-high 41 free throws.

The loss keeps Chicago in the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference. Miami has wrapped up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

NUGGETS 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 109: At Denver, AndreIguodala scored 28 points and Denver beat short-handed Portland to set an NBA franchise record with its 55th win.

Rookie EvanFournier added 24 points for the Nuggets, who also extended their franchise-best winning streak at home to 22 straight to move a game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis for the third seed in the West.

The Nuggets went 54-28 in both 1987-88 and 2008-09, when they reached the conference finals. They are 37-3 at home — also a team best since joining the NBA 37 years ago.

Rookie DamianLillard led Portland with 30 points.

KNICKS 90, PACERS 80: At New York, CarmeloAnthony scored 25 points and New York clinched the No. 2 seed in the East with a victory over Indiana — the Knicks' 15th win in the last 16 games.

ChrisCopeland added 20 points and J.R. Smith had 15 for the Knicks, who will host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend. New York is guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference.

LanceStephenson scored 22 points and West had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who came into the game with a chance to catch the Knicks for second but settled for the No. 3 seed after fourth-place Brooklyn lost at Toronto.

RAPTORS 93, NETS 87: At Toronto, DeMarDeRozan scored 36 points, RudyGay had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Toronto never trailed in beating Brooklyn for its third straight victory.

AmirJohnson had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who hadn't won three straight since a five-game winning streak from Feb. 8 to 19.

DeRozan scored 14 in the fourth quarter and finished 9-for-9 at the free throw line, converting a vital pair in the final 15 seconds.

DeronWilliams scored 30 points, BrookLopez had 16 and AndrayBlatche 15 for the Nets, who will be the No. 4 seed in the East.

76ERS 91, CAVALIERS 77: At Philadelphia, DorellWright scored 15 points and ThaddeusYoung had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Philadelphia over Cleveland.

SpencerHawes and JrueHoliday each added 14 points for the 76ers, who raced to a 19-point lead in the first half and sent the Cavaliers to their fourth straight loss.

TristanThompson had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. KevinJones had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while All-Star guard KyrieIrving had only four points in 18 minutes.

The Sixers finished 23-18 at home and are 33-47 overall a year after winning 35 games and a round in the playoffs during the lockout-shortened season.

ROCKETS 121, KINGS 100: At Houston, JamesHarden had 29 points and nine assists, OmerAsik had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Houston cruised to a win over Sacramento in its regular-season home finale.

JeremyLin added 15 points for the Rockets, who've won nine of their last 12 home games heading into the playoffs.

The Rockets climbed to sixth place in the Western Conference. They have the same record as Golden State (45-35) but own the tiebreaker after winning the season series with the Warriors 3-1. Houston plays Phoenix on Monday and finishes the regular season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

JohnSalmons scored 14 points and IsaiahThomas had 10 points and 10 assists for the Kings.

MAVERICKS 107, HORNETS 89: At New Orleans, ShawnMarion had 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting and DirkNowitzki scored 19 to lead Dallas past New Orleans.

BrandanWright and VinceCarter added 16 points for Mavericks (40-40), who reached the .500 mark for the first time since they were 11-11 in mid-December. They had lost by double digits in their three previous chances to even their record.

RyanAnderson led the cold-shooting Hornets with 20 points, but he was only 8-of-20 from the floor. EricGordon added 15 points, and RobinLopez had 10 points and 13 rebounds. New Orleans shot 39.7 percent in its final home game and trailed by as much as 27.

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