NBA Recap: Shorthanded Miami Heat blow out Pistons; Raptors clinch playoff spot

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Heat 110, Pistons 78

LeBron James had a 17 point-12 rebound-10 assist triple-double, in leading the Heat to its most lopsided win of the year.

James sat out the fourth quarter of the 32-point win.

The Heat were without Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, and Greg Oden due to injury. 

Udonis Haslem scored 17 points for Miami, and Chris Bosh added 15. 

Will Bynum and Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 12 points each. 

Miami is just one game back of Indiana in the loss column for the top seed in the east, with the two set to meet once more this season, on April 11 in Miami.

Wizards 91, Pacers 78

The Indiana Pacers continued to struggle offensively in the loss to the Washington Wizards. 

Despite the win over the Miami Heat, Indiana has not been playing well recently, having lost four of its last six games, and only topping 90 points once in that stretch while averaging 81 points per game over their last six.

Washington inched closer to the playoffs with the win. Marcin Gortat led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and John Wall score 20 points in the win.

Lance Stephenson has 13 points and 14 rebounds, just a day after being ejected from the Miami game. 

Raptors 105, Celtics 103

Amir Johnson hit a game winning shot, off a Kyle Lowry miss with seven seconds left to lift the Raptors over the Celtics, and into the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

All-star guard DeMarr DeRozan had 30 points for the Raps, and Johnson finished just eight points but had the biggest bucket of the game.

For the Celtics, Jerryd Bayless added 20 points off the bench and Rajon Rondo had 11 points and eight assists.

Nets 108, Cavaliers 97

Brooklyn won its 12th straight home game, as Paul Pierce led the way with 22 points.

Pierce scored 17 of the 22 in a perfect first quarter where he went 4-of-4 for the field, all from three point range, and was 5-of-5 at the free throw line.

Every Nets player scored at least two points, with six, including Pierce, in double figures.

Dion Waiters and Luol Deng led the Cavs with 20 points each. 

Kyrie Irving was out of the lineup for the seventh straight game with a biceps injury. He is expected to play again this regular season, and the Cavs have just eight games remaining.

Magic 110, Bobcats 105

Nikola Vucevic had a huge night with 24 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Magic to an overtime win.

It was the first 20-rebound game for Vucevic this season, and the most he's had in a game since he set the team record with 29 boards on in December of 2012 against the Miami Heat.

Aaron Afflalo added  17 in the win. The Magic and the Raptors currently share the longest winning streaks in the eastern conference, with both teams having won their last two games.

Josh McRoberts and Kemba Walker each had 24 points for the Bobcats in the loss.


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