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March 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Heat 105, Pacers 91
The Miami Heat won their 18th consecutive game, defeating the Indiana Pacers 105-91 Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat raced to a 23-point lead midway through the third quarter and held on for the win.
Miami was led in scoring by Mario Chalmers, who had 26 points, while Chris Bosh added 24 and Dwyane Wade 23.
LeBron James scored 13 points - his lowest output during the streak - but added seven assists and six rebounds.
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Lakers 90, Bulls 81
After two huge comebacks in a week, the Los Angeles Lakers lived easy on Sunday in a 90-81 win over the visiting Chicago Bulls.
As they push toward a playoff berth that at one point seemed a faint possibility - moving into the Western Conference No. 8 seed, a half-game better than idle Utah - the Lakers could use the relaxation.
Four days after a 25-point comeback in a win at New Orleans and two days after a 15-point comeback against the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles glided to the win behind a balanced offensive effort and the defense of Dwight Howard.
Six Lakers scored in double-figures, led by Kobe Bryant's 19, and Howard scored 16 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked four shots.
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Thunder 91, Celtics 79
Kevin Durant scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City beat Boston 91-79 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Trailing by 14 with 2:45 left in the game, Boston tried to make one last run. Jason Terry drained consecutive 3-pointers to cut lead to 87-79 with 2:10 on the clock.
The Celtics (34-28) came up with another defensive stop and set Jeff Green up for a 3-pointer. But with a defender flying at him, his shot was off the mark.
The Thunder (47-16) got the rebound and Russell Westbrook ran the clock down to 37 seconds before feeding Serge Ibaka for an easy layup that pushed the deficit back to 10 and sealed a Thunder victory.
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Hornets 98, Trail Blazers 96
Ryan Anderson took a shovel pass from Greivis Vasquez in the lane and made a layup that he turned into a three-point play with 1.8 seconds left to lift the New Orleans Hornets to a 98-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
In beating the Blazers for the second time at home in a month, the Hornets (22-42) snapped a three-game losing streak and dealt the Blazers' playoffs hope a blow, especially considering Portland was coming off a 30-point road victory over San Antonio on Friday night.
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Raptors 100, Cavaliers 96
Kyle Lowry drained a fade-away jumper with 14.2 seconds remaining, and the Toronto Raptors picked up a 100-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lowry finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Alan Anderson had a team-high 18 points for Toronto.
Cleveland's Dion Waiters finished with a game-high 21 points.
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Magic 99, 76ers 91
Jameer Nelson had 24 points and 10 assists to lead the Orlando Magic to a 99-91 victory over the road-weary Philadelphia 76ers.
The victory snapped the Magic's seven-game, home-court losing streak, but it also extended the Sixers' road losing streak to 13 games, their longest in 24 years.
(Editing by Julian Linden)