The NBA roundup …
PHILADELPHIA ó Thaddeus Young scored 22 points, Elton Brand had 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers clinched a playoff spot with a 115-90 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.
Jrue Holiday scored 17 points and Andre Iguodala had 14 to lead the Sixers back to the postseason after missing out last year. The Sixers won 27 games last season.
Enter coach Doug Collins. He came out of the TNT broadcast booth to shape the Sixers into winners again. The Sixers have gone 37-23 since a 3-13 start and can finish with a winning record for the first time since 2004-05. Philadelphia hasn’t won a playoff series since 2003.
Heat 111, Tíwolves 92
MINNEAPOLIS ó Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, LeBron James added 27 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, and Miami turned a tight game into a rout in the third quarter.
Chris Bosh added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who trailed at halftime but opened the third quarter with a staggering 25-1 run to take control. Miami reduced its magic number for clinching the Southeast Division to one, with Orlando’s victory over Charlotte on Friday preventing the Heat from wrapping it up.
Kevin Love had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost nine games in a row.
Rockets 119, Spurs 114, OT
HOUSTON ó Kevin Martin scored 33 points, including nine in overtime, and Houston extended San Antonio’s losing streak to six games.
The Spurs hadn’t dropped six in a row since April 10-20, 1997.
Pacers 89, Bucks 88
INDIANAPOLIS ó Danny Granger scored 17 points and Indiana solidified its playoff position while pushing Milwaukee to the brink of elimination in the Eastern Conference race.
Indiana is currently in the final playoff spot in the East, two games ahead of Charlotte and four ahead of Milwaukee with five to play.
Wizards 115, Cavaliers 107
WASHINGTON ó Andray Blatche tied a career high with 36 points and had a career-best 19 rebounds, Jordan Crawford added 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and short-handed Washington beat Cleveland.
The Wizards played without John Wall, who was suspended for one game due to his part in a scuffle against Miami earlier this week.
Bulls 101, Pistons 96
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Derrick Rose scored 13 of his 27 points in the first quarter and had a key assist in the final minute to lead Chicago.
The Eastern Conference-leading Bulls enjoyed a comfortable lead for much of the game but the lowly Pistons pulled within three a couple times late in the final period.
Rose made a perfect pass to set up Ronnie Brewer’s layup for a six-point lead with 34 seconds left and the MVP candidate made two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Chicago’s Carlos Boozer had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Grizzlies 93, Hornets 81
NEW ORLEANS ó Zach Randolph scored 28 points, Tony Allen added 17 and Memphis held New Orleans to a season-low 12 points in the first quarter.
Randolph and Marc Gasol had double-doubles, both finishing with 10 rebounds. Gasol had 13 points.
Hawks 88, Celtics 83
ATLANTA ó Al Horford capped his 35th double-double with a key tip-in with 7.9 seconds remaining to lift Atlanta.
The Hawks’ lead was only three points when Horford tipped in a miss by Joe Johnson.
Jamal Crawford had 20 points and Johnson had 19 despite making only 4 of 20 shots from the field. Horford had 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 25 points. Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 10 points and 10 rebounds.