NBA - LeBron leads Heat to huge win, Raptors make playoffs

Round-up: LeBron James recorded his first triple double of the season plus the rest of Friday's NBA action.

NBA - LeBron leads Heat to huge win, Raptors make playoffs

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Heat 110, Pistons 78

Forward LeBron James recorded his first triple-double of the season and 37th of his career with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists and the short-handed Miami Heat rolled to a 110-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Center Udonis Haslem scored a season-high 17 points for the Heat while power forward Chris Bosh added 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Heat (49-22) played without three starters, shooting guard Dwyane Wade (sore Achilles tendon and hamstring), point guard Mario Chalmers (thigh bruise) and center Greg Oden (back spasms), as well as top reserve Ray Allen (stomach virus).

Power forward Greg Monroe and reserve point guard Will Bynum had 12 points each for Detroit (26-46).

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Thunder 94, Kings 81

Forward Kevin Durant scored 29 points on nine-of-11 shooting from the field to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 94-81 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Durant extended his streak to 37 straight games with at least 25 points and is now three games from tying Michael Jordan's record of 40.

In the past, Oklahoma City allowed teams to get back into games but against the Kings (25-47), the Thunder (53-19) brought out the big bats and never stopped swinging.

Leading 54-38 to start the second half, Oklahoma City went 12-for-16 from the field in the third quarter but even more impressive was the Thunder holding the Kings to five field goals in 12 minutes from which the Kings never recovered.

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Wizards 91, Pacers 78

Guard John Wall scored 20 points and center Marcin Gortat had 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Washington Wizards picked up a rare victory over the Indiana Pacers, winning 91-78.

Forward Al Harrington had 12 points for the Wizards (37-35), who had lost two straight and four of five overall.

Washington never trailed, and opened double-digit leads in both halves, including 77-56 midway through the second half.

The Wizards had lost 11 of 12 to the Pacers dating to 2008, including the first two matchups this season.

Forward Paul George scored 19 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers (52-21).

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Raptors 105, Celtics 103

Guard DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 30 points as the Toronto Raptors clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 105-103 win over the Boston Celtics.

With just 7.1 seconds remaining in the fourth, Raptors center Amir Johnson had his off-balance put back drop sealing the Toronto victory.

Johnson finished with eight points in the win. Guard Terrence Ross had 17 points while guard Greivis Vasquez had 15 points off the bench as the Raptors snap a five year playoff absence.

Toronto (41-31), who lead Brooklyn by 2.5 games for the Atlantic Division lead, can win their first division title since 2007.

Boston (23-49) have lost nine straight on the road and are now 8-27 away from home this season.

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Nets 108, Cavaliers 97

The Brooklyn Nets continued their near-impeccable play at the Barclays Center with a 108-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The victory was the Nets' 12th straight at home and snapped a two-game losing streak after overtime losses in New Orleans and Charlotte.

Guard Paul Pierce used a big first half on his way to a team-leading 22 points. Forward Luol Deng led the Cavaliers with 20 points and six assists.

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Magic 110, Bobcats 105

Center Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and pulled down 23 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic to a 110-105 overtime win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Guard Arron Afflalo scored 17 points and forward Tobias Harris added 15 each for the Magic, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since February 9.

Rookie guard Victor Oladipo had 14 points and guard Jameer Nelson finished with 11 points and eight assists. Charlotte got 24 points apiece from forward Josh McRoberts and guard Kemba Walker.

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Timberwolves 143, Lakers 107

In his first game back since missing six with an ankle injury, Timberwolves' burly center Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points in 29 minutes, leading a high-octane, record-breaking Minnesota attack in a 143-107 beating of the beat-up Los Angeles Lakers.

The Wolves' 143 points and their 67.1-percent shooting were both franchise records and the best marks in the NBA this season.

Forward Kevin Love had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.

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Pelicans 102, Jazz 95

Forward Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and guard Anthony Morrow 20 as the New Orleans Pelicans overcame an early injury to All-Star forward Anthony Davis to defeat the Utah Jazz 102-95.

Forward Al-Farouq Aminu added 13 points for the Pelicans, who won a season-high fifth consecutive game.

Guard Austin Rivers and forward Darius Miller scored 12 points each and center Alexis Ajinca, filling in for Davis, had nine points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

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Spurs 133, Nuggets 102

Guard Marco Belinelli scored 27 points, forward Tim Duncan had 20 and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to 16 with a 133-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The Spurs' streak is the second longest in franchise history during the regular season.

They won 17 straight in 1995-96 and two years ago, San Antonio won the last 10 of the regular season and the first 10 of the playoffs before being eliminated by Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals.

Forward Kenneth Faried had 18 points and 13 rebounds and guard Randy Foye scored 20 points for Denver, which has lost four of its last five.

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Suns 112, Knicks 88

Guard Goran Dragic scored 18 of his 32 points in the first quarter and the Phoenix Suns combined 14 three-pointers with 26 fast-break points to rout the New York Knicks 112-88.

Guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Markieff Morris added 16 points each for the Suns, who have won a season-high six straight games and held on to a playoff spot in the tightly packed Western Conference race.

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Warriors 100, Grizzlies 93

Golden State point guard Stephen Curry capped a 33-point night with two hoops, including a three-pointer, in a 14-0 run to close the game as the Warriors rallied from seven down to stun the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93.

The win pushed Golden State (45-27) two games ahead of Memphis (43-29) in the race for the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference and tied the teams' season series, a potential first playoff-position tiebreaker, at 2-2.

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Trail Blazers 91, Bulls 74

Playing their fourth game in five nights, all on the road, the Portland Trail Blazers opened a big lead in the third quarter and cruised to a 91-74 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Portland continued to enjoy the return of LaMarcus Aldridge, who produced five points and 13 rebounds. After going 4-9 over a 13-game stretch, the Blazers (47-27) are now winners of two in a row.

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