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NBA: Heat clinch playoff berth, extend home win streak

A RECORD BECKONS:The Heat notched up their 16th consecutive home victory, edging them closer to their longest home winning streak of 18 games in 2005

AP and AFP, MIAMI

The Miami Heat won their 16th consecutive home game, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 99-93 on Tuesday to clinch their fourth straight NBA playoff berth.

LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points for the Heat, who are an NBA best 22-2 at home this season. James also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Heat, who have not lost at home since Jan. 22 against Milwaukee.

The Heat’s longest home winning streak is 18 games, set between January and April of 2005.

Miami were scheduled to continue their five-game home stand against the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday, before taking on Memphis, Detroit and Boston.

Mario Chalmers had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists as Miami rebounded from a one-sided 19-point loss to the Celtics in Boston on Sunday.

James scored 14 consecutive Heat points in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh finished with 17 points, while Udonis Haslem had 11 rebounds.

Miami played without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, who missed the game with an injured left knee. The Heat are 9-1 without Wade, who could return to play against the Thunder.

Evan Turner finished with 26 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers, who are 1.5 games behind Boston for first place in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia have lost five of their last half-dozen road contests.

Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala had 11 points before leaving the game in the third quarter after being poked in the eye.

Turner scored 15 points in the first half as the 76ers led 54-51 at halftime. Philadelphia led 11-6 in fast-break points and shot 53 percent from the field in the opening half.

PACERS 112, KNICKS 104

In Indianapolis, Indiana, the hosts came from 17 points down in the second half to overrun New York.

Danny Granger scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Pacers outscored the Knicks 40-17 in the final 12 minutes.

Paul George scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who are in a close fight for a playoff spot, while missing Amare Stoudemire (back) and Jeremy Lin (knee).

SPURS 125, CAVALIERS 90

In Cleveland, Ohio, San Antonio coasted to their eighth straight win by smashing Cleveland.

Danny Green scored 19 points against the team that released him last season, while Tony Parker added 19 for the Spurs, who built a 22-point lead in the first half and rested Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for most of the fourth quarter.

Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 13 points for the Cavs in his return after missing a game with a sprained right shoulder.

Cleveland have lost eight straight and been outscored by 72 points in their past two home games.

PISTONS 102, MAGIC 95

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Greg Monroe had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Detroit over undermanned Orlando.

The Magic were without starters Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson because of injuries.

Ben Gordon added 18 points for the Pistons, who shot 12 of 18 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Glen Davis, who started at center in Howard’s place, led Orlando with a career-high 31, but the Magic lost their fourth straight — their worst skid of the season.

GRIZZLIES 98, WARRIORS 94

In Memphis, Tennessee, the hosts overcame a lackluster performance with a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Golden State.

O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Mike Conley added 18 for the Grizzlies, who trailed by 12 early in the fourth quarter, but went on a 13-0 run to erase the advantage and fight to their third straight win.

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