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Philadelphia dodge losing record

‘WITH FIRE’:With 26 losses, the 76ers had already matched the longest slump of any major North American sports team, but beat the Pistons, who have lost 18 of 22

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Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scored 15 points each, Patty Mills added 13 and Tim Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds.

San Antonio (57-16) extended their lead to 3.5 games over Oklahoma City (53-19) for the league’s best record.

Reserve guard Brian Roberts had 18 points to lead New Orleans (32-41), who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Austin Rivers added 16 points, Tyreke Evans had 11 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had eight points and 10 rebounds.

New Orleans was without Anthony Davis, its leading scorer and rebounder. Davis is day-to-day after injuring his left ankle four minutes into the Pelicans’ victory over Utah on Friday night.

WIZARDS 101, HAWKS 97

In Washington, John Wall scored 25 points, while Drew Gooden had 16 as Washington inched closer to their first playoff spot since 2008 with a win over free-falling Atlanta.

Washington entered the game needing a win and a loss by the New York Knicks yesterday to make the playoffs.

Wall scored 13 points in the last 7:16 of the third quarter and the Wizards finally escaped the pesky Hawks, who have lost six straight and 20 of 26.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points and Paul Millsap 17 for Atlanta.

Washington followed up a 13-point win over Eastern Conference leader Indiana on Friday with a win over the Hawks, who lead the Knicks by 1.5 games for the final playoff berth in the East.

MAVERICKS 103, KINGS 100

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points as Dallas avoided a potentially serious blow to their playoff hopes by rallying in the fourth quarter to beat Sacramento.

The Mavericks blew a 17-point lead and trailed by five in the fourth quarter, before recovering for their 20th straight regular-season win at home against Sacramento, the longest against any opponent in franchise history.

Dallas (44-30) is in a virtual tie with Memphis (43-29) for eighth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Phoenix. The Mavericks have eight games left and finish the regular season at the Grizzlies.

Rudy Gay scored 30 for the Kings.

Monta Ellis had 17 points and six assists, while Sam Dalembert added 15 as Dallas avoided a second loss to a West also-ran on a franchise-record eight-game home stand that ends tomorrow night against Golden State.

HEAT 88, BUCKS 67

In Milwaukee, Chris Bosh scored 14 points, LeBron James had 13 as short-handed Miami wrapped up their three-game trip through the Midwest with a dominant victory over Milwaukee.

James Jones added 10 for Miami in place of star guard Dwyane Wade, sidelined a second straight game with a sore hamstring. The Heat also played without Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers.

It did not matter against the team with the NBA’s worst record.

The Heat led 46-29 at halftime and held the Bucks to a season low for points in a half and in a game.

John Henson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee.

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