CHARLOTTE ó Gerald Wallace scored 29 points, including the final four of the game, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Raymond Felton scored a career-high 32 points and the Bobcats recovered after blowing a 20-point lead to improve their faint playoff hopes.
Charlotte moved within 21/2 games of idle Detroit for the final playoff spot with four games left. The Pistons hold the tiebreaker.
Coach Larry rown lifted his sweater before the game to reveal a Tar Heel blue T-shirt, a night after his alma mater won the national title.
Hornets 93, Heat 87, OT
MIAMI ó Rasual Butler hit a game-tying 3-pointer with no time remaining in regulation, David West hit the winning jumper with 8.8 seconds left in overtime, and the Hornets stunned the Miami Heat 93-87.
Chris Paul finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Peja Stojakovic added 24 points for the Hornets (48-29), who not only clinched their postseason berth but stayed thickly in the hunt for home-court advantage in the first round in the West.
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points before getting ejected with 1.4 seconds remaining and Michael Beasley added 25 for Miami (41-37), which remained a half-game ahead of Philadelphia in the race for the No. 5 spot in the East postseason chase.
Hawks 118, Raptors 110
TORONTO ó Josh Smith had 25 points and seven rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks used 11-for-22 shooting from 3-point range to beat the Toronto Raptors.
The Hawks (44-34), trying to secure the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, also got 25 points from Joe Johnson and 17 from Maurice Evans.
Chris Bosh had 21 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth consecutive double-double and 40th this season, but the Raptors lost their second in a row after winning six straight.
Spurs 99, Thunder 89
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Tim Duncan had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Drew Gooden provided a needed lift off the bench as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-89.
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