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Knicks 95, Raptors 92

Knicks 95, Raptors 92: J.R. Smith erupted for 30 points as host New York ended a difficult season with a win over Atlantic Division-champion Toronto. Smith knocked down 13-of-19 attempts from the field while Cole Aldrich added 13 points, a career-best 16 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Knicks, who were without regulars Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points off the bench while Toure’ Murray contributed 15 as New York finished 37-45.

NBA: Heat loss allows Pacers to grab top seed

Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Washington Wizards cruised past the defending champion Miami Heat 114-93 at Verizon Center on Monday. Miami suffered its fourth loss in the last five contests which means they surrendered the Eastern Conference's top seed to the Indiana Pacers. The Heat, who rested both reigning NBA MVP LeBron James and centre Chris Bosh in their second to last game of the regular season, will be the number two seed when the postseason starts this weekend.

Preview: Heat at Wizards

The Miami Heat will need two victories and a little help if they hope to lay claim to the top seed in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage throughout the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs. They'll look to handle their end of the process beginning Monday as they visit the Washington Wizards, who also have something left to play for. The Wizards can claim fifth in the East with two wins and a pair of losses by the Brooklyn Nets.

NBA: Hawks beat Heat to clinch playoff spot

The Atlanta Hawks clinched the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference Saturday as Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 98-85 win over the defending champion Miami Heat. Lou Williams scored 23 points for Atlanta who claimed the final playoff berth in their conference. Atlanta had a 25-21 record on February 4 but went into a 6-20 tailspin before winning six of its last eight National Basketball Association games. "It's satisfying to get a win and be in a groove that we're in," Williams said.

Hawks beat Heat to get seventh straight playoff berth

Hawks beat Heat to get seventh straight playoff berth ATLANTA -- The longest streak of consecutive playoff appearances in the Eastern Conference belongs to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks clinched their seventh straight playoff berth and delivered a blow to the Miami Heat's hopes of earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 98-85 win over the defending champions Saturday at Philips Arena.

Atlanta claim final Eastern Conference playoff berth

(Reuters) - The Atlanta Hawks qualified for the National Basketball Association playoffs for the seventh straight season on Saturday with a 98-85 win over the Miami Heat. The Hawks claimed the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with the win, a result which eliminated the New York Knicks from the playoffs race. Atlanta, who hold the longest streak of postseason appearances in the East, will meet either Miami or Indiana in the first round of the playoffs.

Haslem's grit inspirational in Heat win over Pacers

Haslem's grit inspirational in Heat win over Pacers MIAMI -- Forward LeBron James' 36 points in the Miami Heat's 98-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena were no surprise. But forward Udonis Haslem's gritty performance -- 11 points, nine rebounds, numerous charges taken and loose balls retrieved -- was an inspiration to Miami.

Timberwolves 122, Heat 121 (2OTs)

Timberwolves 122, Heat 121 (2OTs) MIAMI -- The Minnesota Timberwolves, despite being out of the playoff hunt, battled mightily and snapped the Miami Heat's four-game win streak, earning a 122-121 double-overtime win Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Minnesota forward Corey Brewer, who drew a foul on Heat guard Norris Cole, made one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in double overtime to win the game. Heat guard Ray Allen missed a shot at the buzzer to end it.

NBA: James triple-double leads Heat over Pistons

LeBron James notched his first triple-double of the season to lead the short-handed Miami Heat to a 110-78 NBA rout of the Detroit Pistons on Friday. James scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 12 assists for the 37th triple-double of his career but his first of the current campaign. "He was aggressive," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who rested James in the fourth quarter.

Preview: Rockets at Heat

The Miami Heat are experiencing their worst stretch of the season and will try to regain their touch when they host the Houston Rockets in Sunday’s nationally televised contest. Miami has lost five of its last six games and is threatening to fall out of the derby with the Indiana Pacers for top seed in the Eastern Conference. Houston was playing superbly until losing its last two games and is in fourth place in the Western Conference.
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