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NBA: Heat set record for home wins

PLAYOFF BOUND:LeBron James and Dwyane Wade starred for Miami, while Jeremy Lin scored 15 points as the Rockets cruised in their final regular-season game at home

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Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets drives with the ball against the Sacramento Kings in their NBA game at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.

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LeBron James scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 as the Miami Heat set a club 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, who improved to a 36-4 mark at home — topping the 35-6 record set by the 2004-2005 Heat.

Miami held Chicago without a two-point basket for the first 16 minutes of the second half, with the Bulls relying almost exclusively on three-pointers.

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 have wrapped up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

ROCKETS 121, KINGS 100

In Houston, Texas, James Harden had 29 points and nine assists, while Omer Asik had 10 points and 12 rebounds as Houston cruised to a win over Sacramento in their regular-season home finale.

Jeremy Lin added 15 points for the Rockets, who have won nine of their past 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 were facing Phoenix yesterday and they finish the regular season against the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow.

John Salmons scored 14 points, while Isaiah Thomas had 10 points and 10 assists for the Kings.

LAKERS 91, SPURS 86

In Los Angeles, Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds, helping Los Angeles rally in the fourth quarter to beat San Antonio in their first game since losing Kobe Bryant for the season.

Steve Blake scored 23 points for the Lakers (44-37), who lead Utah (42-38) by 1.5 games for the eighth post-season spot in the West after their seventh win in eight games.

Bryant limped off the Staples Center floor with a torn Achilles tendon on Friday night.

Tim Duncan had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who have lost six straight road games.

San Antonio (58-22) are likely to finish second in the West behind Oklahoma City (59-21), who hold the tiebreaker.

NUGGETS 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 109

In Denver, Colorado, Andre Iguodala scored 28 points as Denver beat short-handed Portland to set an NBA franchise record with their 55th win.

Rookie Evan Fournier 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 1987-1988 and 2008-2009, when they reached the conference finals. They are 37-3 at home — also a team best since joining the NBA 37 years ago.

Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points.

KNICKS 90, PACERS 80

In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points as New York clinched the No. 2 seed in the East for the playoffs with a victory over Indiana — the Knicks’ 15th win in the past 16 games.

Chris Copeland added 20 points and J.R. Smith had 15 for the Knicks, who host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend.

New York are guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points, while David 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-placed Brooklyn lost in Toronto.

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