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Heat beat Lakers, clinch playoff spot

Heat beat Lakers, clinch playoff spot

The Miami Heat staged a form reversal to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 94-88 on Thursday and clinch an NBA playoff berth.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 20 as Miami ended a five-game losing skid and clinched a postseason berth earlier than at any time in its history.
Kobe Bryant scored 24 points for the Lakers, whose eight-game winning streak was snapped.
Mavericks 127, Knicks 109
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points to lead Dallas over New York.
Shawn Marion had 22 for Dallas, which responded to coach Rick Carlisle calling his Mavericks "soft" after they blew a seven-point lead in the final minute in New Orleans the night before. With something to prove, Dallas sprang out to a season-best 72 points in the first half on their way to their highest total for a game all season.
Amare Stoudemire scored 36 points for the Knicks, who had won three straight. Stoudemire also picked up his 16th technical foul, which would trigger an automatic one-game suspension if it's upheld. It was a marginal call and could be rescinded; he's already had two wiped out this season.
Nuggets 116, Suns 97
In Phoenix, Denver beat Phoenix for the first time in 13 tries.
Coach George Karl ended an even longer drought. The Nuggets coach had not won in Phoenix since 1997 when he was with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Nene scored 22 points in 26 minutes for the Nuggets, who converted the Suns' 20 turnovers into 32 points and shot 52 percent to Phoenix's 41.
Ty Lawson added 20 points and 11 assists for the Nuggets, who led by 24 after three quarters.


Updated : 2021-10-23 00:32 GMT+08:00