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Heat Escapes New York With Playoff Spot; Iverson Suffers Thumb Injury

Associated Press
Wednesday, March 16, 2005; Page D07

Dwyane Wade hit a 22-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer, extending Miami's winning streak to 10 and making the Heat the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a 98-96 victory over the Knicks last night in New York.

Miami also became the first team in the league to reach 50 wins. Miami, which had a 14-game winning streak earlier this season, became the first Eastern Conference team since the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls to have two double-digit winning streaks in a single season.

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Wade finished with 24 points and five assists, Shaquille O'Neal scored 23 and Damon Jones made six three-pointers for 18 points.

Stephon Marbury led New York with 24 points.

• 76ERS 108, LAKERS 91: Allen Iverson outperformed Kobe Bryant, scoring 36 points in Philadelphia.

Iverson helped pull the 76ers (31-33) within four games of Boston for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Iverson, though, chipped a bone in his left thumb sometime during the game and will be fitted for a cast. He is listed as day-to-day.

Bryant -- who came in trailing Iverson by nearly two points in the league scoring race -- led the Lakers with 20 points.

• TIMBERWOLVES 100, MAVERICKS 91: Kevin Garnett scored 11 of his 25 points to key the win in Dallas.

The Timberwolves welcomed Sam Cassell, Michael Olowokandi and Eddie Griffin back to the lineup. Cassell had missed seven straight, and 22 of the last 33, with a strained right hamstring. Olowokandi (knee) and Griffin (hand) had missed the last nine games.

Dallas Coach Don Nelson returned from a three-game absence while caring for his wife to see his team lose at home for the fifth time in nine tries.

• CAVALIERS 92, JAZZ 73: LeBron James scored 36 points in 34 dominant minutes against Carlos Boozer's new team, leading host Cleveland to its third straight victory.

Drew Gooden, acquired by Cleveland in a trade last summer to replace Boozer, added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Boozer, sidelined with a sprained foot, didn't make the trip to Cleveland.

• KINGS 105, MAGIC 94: Mike Bibby scored 10 straight fourth-quarter points with three three-pointers to hand Orlando its fifth consecutive defeat and 10th straight loss at Arco Arena.

Orlando forward Stacey Augmon was suspended for one game by the NBA for cursing and throwing lotion at a member of the media after a loss to the New Jersey Nets. He sat out last night's game.

• SUPERSONICS 99, BULLS 93: Rashard Lewis scored 30 points and Ray Allen had 17 points and seven assists to lead Seattle's road win.

Howard Out Four Weeks

Houston Rockets forward Juwan Howard will be sidelined for at least four weeks after spraining his right knee during a collision with a teammate against Golden State on Monday night.


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