Once the Toronto Raptors lost their cool, they lost any chance of ending the Miami Heat's home winning streak.
Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and Dwyane Wade added 27, leading the Heat to a 103-91 win last night in a game marred by the fourth-quarter ejections of Raptors forward Morris Peterson and Coach Sam Mitchell.
The Clippers' Shaun Livingston, right, ties up the Cavaliers' Eric Snow during Cleveland's 94-84 victory.
(Mark Duncan -- AP)
Damon Jones added 14 points for Miami, which trailed by two with 10 minutes remaining before outscoring the Raptors 24-10 down the stretch and extending its franchise-best home winning streak to 17 games.
Rafer Alston had 19 points and Chris Bosh had a 16-point, 13-rebound game for the Raptors, who also got 15 points from Peterson.
Miami led by six with 3 minutes 46 seconds left when Wade drove the lane and was fouled by Peterson. The two got tangled up, exchanged words and were separated -- but Peterson kept shouting as O'Neal tried to intervene.
"He fouled me pretty hard and after the play, he fouled me again," Wade said. "I let him know, pretty much, that you can't do that."
Wade was called for one technical; Peterson was called for two, drawing the second after his shouting fit. Mitchell was thrown out with 1:47 remaining after arguing a foul called against Jalen Rose.
LAKERS 117, KNICKS 107: Los Angeles broke its eight-game losing streak when Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 32 points in the second half to beat road-weary New York.
New York's Stephon Marbury had a season-high 45 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists in defeat. He scored 34 points in the second half, shooting 9 of 13 from the floor and 10 of 11 from the foul line.
CAVALIERS 94, CLIPPERS 84: LeBron James, playing on a sore left ankle, scored 22 points to lead host Cleveland past Los Angeles. James shot just 7 for 20, but he hit two key three-pointers down the stretch. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland, which pulled within 1 1/2 games of Washington for fourth place overall in the Eastern Conference.
SUPERSONICS 102, GRIZZLIES 99: Seattle clinched a playoff berth in the West with the win in Memphis. The Sonics were led by Ray Allen and Jerome James with 22 points each. Seattle is 49-21 and holds a 10 1/2-game lead over Denver in the Northwest Division.