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Heat wins for eighth time in nine games

POSTED March 27, 2011 11:32 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James had 33 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade shook off a bruised tailbone to finish with 30 points and 11 boards as the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 125-119 on Sunday for their eighth win in nine games.

It was the first time since February 1961, when Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman and Wayne Embry — Hall of Famers all — did it for the Cincinnati Royals in a loss to the Philadelphia Warriors, that three teammates had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a non-overtime.

Kevin Martin scored 29 points, Luis Scola added 28 and Kyle Lowry — who tweaked an ankle late — had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets. Chase Budinger scored 16 for Houston, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Grizzlies 111, Spurs 104

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tony Allen and Zach Randolph had 23 points apiece, and Memphis sent San Antonio to its third straight loss.

Randolph also grabbed 11 rebounds for Memphis, which currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the Grizzlies earn the No. 8 seed, they will likely face the NBA-leading Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs.

O.J. Mayo added 17 points for Memphis, Mike Conley had 12 and Marc Gasol 11.

George Hill matched his career high with 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Spurs. Tony Parker had 20 points and six assists, and Richard Jefferson scored 13 for the Spurs, who played the bulk of the second half without leading scorer Manu Ginobili (left quad contusion).

Celtics 85, Timberwolves 82

MINNEAPOLIS  — Paul Pierce had 23 points and seven rebounds, and Boston nearly gave away another huge lead in a victory over Minnesota.

Kevin Garnett had 13 points, 13 rebounds and thousands of fans who turned out to cheer for the former face of the Timberwolves franchise. The Celtics led by 25 early in the second quarter, but trailed by two midway through the fourth before Pierce lifted them to the victory.

Michael Beasley had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were missing All-Star Kevin Love for the third straight game because of a strained left groin.

Thunder 99, Trail Blazers 90

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook hit three 3-pointers down the stretch, including the clincher with 21 seconds left, and Oklahoma City overcame a 40-point night by Gerald Wallace to beat Portland and clinch its second straight playoff berth.

Westbrook's 3 from the left wing gave the Thunder a 97-90 lead and, after Wallace missed a jumper with 16 seconds remaining, the Thunder could finally breathe easy. They are now 3-0 against Portland, with the previous two victories coming by a combined three points.

Wallace was unguardable at times in the second half as he carried the Trail Blazers back from a 14-point halftime deficit. His total, on 16-of-28 shooting, was a season high and just two points shy of his career best.

Westbrook scored 28 and Kevin Durant finished with 21, although he was only 5 of 18 from the field. Oklahoma City won its third straight and ninth in the past 10. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 for Portland.

Hawks 99, Cavaliers 83

CLEVELAND — Marvin Williams scored a season-high 31 points and Al Horford added 20, leading Atlanta over Cleveland.

Atlanta played without leading scorer Joe Johnson, but never trailed. Johnson, who averages 18.5 points, sprained his right thumb Saturday, but the Hawks didn't need him to defeat the Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the NBA.

Williams took advantage of his increased playing time by shooting 9 of 14 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and 8 of 9 from the foul line in 43 minutes. Josh Smith scored 13 points and had a season-high 18 rebounds.

Baron Davis, who is expected to move into Cleveland's starting lineup soon, came off the bench and scored 19 points. Ramon Sessions added 13 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost nine of 11.

Kings 114, 76ers 111, OT

PHILADELPHIA — Marcus Thornton scored 32 points and former Philadelphia center Samuel Dalembert made two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime for Sacramento.

Beno Udrih made a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes, too, and the Kings won their third straight.

Jason Thompson added 15 points and Dalembert finished with 13.

The Sixers were led by Jrue Holiday's 28 points and Jodie Meeks added 22. Philadelphia missed a chance against one of the NBA's worst teams to make up ground on fifth-place Atlanta.

Warriors 114, Wizards 104

OAKLAND, Calif. — Monta Ellis had 37 points and 13 assists, leading Golden State past road-weary Washington.

Ellis played the entire game and added seven rebounds, and David Lee had a season-high 33 points to help the Warriors to their second straight victory. Ellis was three rebounds short of his first career triple-double entering the fourth quarter and never came closer.

JaVale McGee had a career-high 28 points and tied his career best with 18 rebounds, and Maurice Evans scored 23 points for the Wizards, who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11 games. They also dropped to 1-35 on the road this season.


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