3/10 NBA Recap: Heat stop slide; Knicks closing on eighth place

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Heat 99, Wizards 90

The Miami Heat pulled to within one game of the top spot in the eastern conference with a win over the Wizards.

The win snapped a three game losing streak for the Heat. Washington came in having won eight of its last nine games.

LeBron James led the way for the Heat with 23 points, and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both had 22. 

Marcin Gortat was the top performer for the Wiz with 14 points and 18 boards.

Miami and Indiana are tied in the loss column, but the Pacers have played and won two more games than the Heat thus far. The top two teams in the east meet twice more before the season closes.

Knicks 123, 76ers 110

Amar'e Stoudemire had a throwback night with 23 points, including two thunderous dunks, reminiscent of his days in Phoenix, as the Knicks cruised to a win over the lowly 76ers.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. led the Knicks with 28 off the bench and Carmelo Anthony score 22 points.

Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double in the losing effort with 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Its the second triple-double of the year for the rookie, Carter-Williams, who has been one of the lone bright spots for Philadelphia this season.

The loss was the 17th in a row for Philly, just three shy of the club record of 20 straight losses in the 1972-93 season. 

Clippers 112, Suns 105

The L.A. Clippers are the hottest team in the NBA. Winners of eight in a row after dispatching of the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.

The stars were out for the Clippers, as Blake Griffin had 37 points, DeAndre Jordan, the league's leading rebounder at 13.9 per game, had 17 boards, and Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 assists.

The Clippers are in a virtual tie with Houston for the three-seed in the west, and both are just two and a half back of the Spurs for the top spot.

Goran Dragic had 23 points to lead the Suns who are a half game back of Memphis for the final playoff spot in the west.

Nets 101, Raptors 97

Paul Pierce hit a tie breaking three to give Brooklyn a 97-94 lead with just over a minute to play, and the Nets held on for a tight win over Toronto.

Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each had 18 points to lead the Nets, who are in sixth place in the east, three games back of the Raptors for the three-seed.

Kyle Lowry had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the loss, and Demar DeRozan had 15 points.

Bucks 105, Magic 98

Brandon Knight had 24 points and six assists, and Khris Middleton had 21 points and seven assists to lead the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Orlando Magic.

Milwaukee has the worst record in the NBA at 13-50, two games worse than Philadelphia, and five games worse than Orlando.

For the Magic, seven players reached double figures, led by Moe Harkless with 14. Nik Vucevic had 12 points and 12 boards. Its the 14th double-double for Vucevic in 17 games since February 1st.

Bobcats 105, Nuggets 98

Al Jefferson continued his quest to make an All-NBA team with a 26 point-13 rebound performance against the Denver Nuggets.

Jefferson is in the top-15 in the league in scoring, and top-10 in rebounding as the best player on a team that is likely to make the playoffs for just the second time in its 10-year history.

Kemba Walker added 24 for the Bobcats and he was 12-of-12 from the free throw line.

Ty Lwason led the Nuggets with 24 points.

Hawks 112, Jazz 110

Atlanta ended a six game slide, picking up a road win in Utah.

Paul Millsap returned to his old stomping ground for the first time, and had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks. Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 26 points, including 4-of-4 from three point range.

The Hawks have been in a free fall for the past month and a half, dropping 14 of their last 17 games, and they are clinging to the eight spot in the east.

The Jazz are well out of playoff contention, but got a good night from Trey Burke with 23 points on 9-of-15 from the floor. 

Miami Heat
Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards
New Jersey Nets
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
L.A. Clippers
Atlanta Hawks
Utah Jazz
Milwaukee Bucks
Charlotte Bobcats
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