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Bosh pushes Heat minus James, Wade

Miami’s Chris Bosh lets out a yell after hitting the winning 3-pointer over San Antonio’s Tim Duncan with 1.9 seconds left.

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Miami’s Chris Bosh lets out a yell after hitting the winning 3-pointer over San Antonio’s Tim Duncan with 1.9 seconds left.

SAN ANTONIO — Often the forgotten member of Miami's "Big Three," Chris Bosh stepped up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sitting out to get the Heat a big win and move closer to securing homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.

Bosh had 23 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Heat beat San Antonio 88-86 on Sunday night with James, Wade and Mario Chalmers watching from the locker room as they sat out with injuries.

"We are the defending champs no matter who we put out there," Bosh said. "We are still the Miami Heat. We believe in ourselves. Each one of these guys is a professional. We played bigger roles in other cities, but we came together and accepted lesser roles to win a championship here. We can still tap into that."

Ray Allen added 14 points, Norris Cole had 13 and Mike Miller 12 for Miami (58-15), which swept the season series with San Antonio (55-18). By earning the head-to-head tiebreaker, the Heat has a four-game cushion with nine remaining for the league's best record. Miami beat San Antonio 105-100 on Nov. 29 when the Spurs opted to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green. All but Ginobili (strained right hamstring) played Sunday.

Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, whose seven-game home winning streak ended. Green and Parker added 12 points apiece, and Stephen Jackson had 11.

Bosh was 3-for-5 on 3s, including the final shot from straightaway over Duncan in the closing seconds. He let out a loud yell after making the shot and celebrated with teammates when Parker's jumper bounced off the backboard as the buzzer sounded.

"He's a heck of a player, No. 1, but he's also a (great) shooter," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He knocked down a big shot. Timmy contested it, and he hit a big shot to win the game. Give him credit."

James and Wade were surprise late scratches. Chalmers did not play Friday in New Orleans and was listed as day-to-day with a sprained right ankle.

The Heat said James strained his right hamstring in the first half of the 108-89 victory against the Hornets on Friday. He continued to play despite the injury, however, scoring 36 points in 32 minutes before sitting out late.

Wade injured his right ankle in Wednesday's 101-97 loss at Chicago, which ended the Heat's 27-game winning streak. Wade had 17 points and nine assists in 33 minutes Friday.

The three Heat players who sat out did not join their teammates on the bench. None was available for comment.

Game highlights: Luol Deng had 28 points and Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson each added 16 as the host Bulls beat Detroit 95-94 to extend their winning streak against the Pistons to 18. Detroit has not beaten Chicago since Dec. 23, 2008. The Bulls rallied from a 13-point deficit to tie the score at 78 with 9:27 left on Butler's dunk after a steal. Later, Deng and Robinson each hit 3s to give Chicago a 91-84 lead. Chicago also rallied from 17-point deficits in each of its two previous games against Detroit this season. … Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Knicks extended their winning streak to eight with a 108-89 victory over the Celtics. New York moved closer to ending Boston's hold on the Atlantic Division title. The Knicks lead Brooklyn by 41/2 games. The Celtics, 81/2 games back with nine to play, are on the brink of elimination in the division race. Boston has won all five division titles since acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007. … Former Florida star Bradley Beal scored 24 in his return, leading the Wizards to a 109-92 victory over the Raptors. Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington, which won its seventh straight at home and moved into a tie with Toronto for 10th in the Eastern Conference. After missing five straight games, and 11 of 13, with a sprained left ankle, Beal shot 8-for-14, including a career-high six 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

Heat 88, Spurs 86

MIAMI (88): Lewis 3-11 0-0 7, Haslem 4-7 0-0 8, Bosh 9-15 2-2 23, Cole 4-12 5-7 13, Miller 4-8 0-0 12, Battier 2-5 0-0 6, Allen 6-12 0-0 14, Andersen 1-1 2-4 4, Anthony 0-0 1-2 1, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-71 10-15 88.

SAN ANTONIO (86): Leonard 8-13 0-0 17, Duncan 8-15 1-3 17, Splitter 2-4 3-6 7, Parker 4-14 4-4 12, Green 4-14 1-3 12, Diaw 1-2 0-0 2, Neal 2-8 0-0 5, De Colo 1-1 0-0 3, Jackson 5-8 0-0 11, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-79 9-16 86.

Miami 22 18 31 17— 88

San Antonio 24 21 19 22— 86

3-Point GoalsMiami 12-28 (Miller 4-6, Bosh 3-5, Battier 2-4, Allen 2-5, Lewis 1-6, Cole 0-2), San Antonio 7-24 (Green 3-9, De Colo 1-1, Jackson 1-2, Leonard 1-3, Neal 1-5, Diaw 0-1, Parker 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 37 (Bosh 9), San Antonio 57 (Duncan 12). AssistsMiami 23 (Miller, Allen 5), San Antonio 26 (Parker 8). Total FoulsMiami 15, San Antonio 13. A18,581 (18,797).

Bulls 95, Pistons 94

DETROIT (94): Singler 3-4 1-1 8, Monroe 7-12 4-6 18, Drummond 4-7 0-3 8, Calderon 4-8 2-2 11, Knight 2-6 0-0 5, Jerebko 2-3 1-2 5, English 0-0 0-0 0, Villanueva 4-13 4-4 14, Stuckey 10-19 3-4 25, Middleton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-72 15-22 94.

CHICAGO (95): Deng 7-18 11-17 28, Boozer 5-11 1-2 11, Mohammed 0-4 0-0 0, Hinrich 1-5 1-1 3, Butler 4-7 7-9 16, Gibson 3-6 5-8 11, Cook 3-7 2-3 10, Robinson 7-18 0-0 16, Teague 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-76 27-40 95.

Detroit 24 33 17 20— 94

Chicago 20 33 18 24— 95

3-Point GoalsDetroit 7-16 (Stuckey 2-3, Villanueva 2-7, Singler 1-1, Knight 1-2, Calderon 1-2, Jerebko 0-1), Chicago 8-23 (Deng 3-8, Cook 2-5, Robinson 2-6, Butler 1-2, Hinrich 0-2). Fouled OutSingler. ReboundsDetroit 54 (Drummond 14), Chicago 48 (Deng 9). AssistsDetroit 22 (Calderon 5), Chicago 19 (Hinrich 6). Total FoulsDetroit 23, Chicago 18. TechnicalsSingler, Detroit defensive three second, Robinson. Flagrant Fouls—Knight. A21,864 (20,917).

Knicks 108, Celtics 89

BOSTON (89): Green 10-14 5-8 27, Bass 1-4 0-0 2, Wilcox 1-2 0-0 2, Bradley 1-5 0-0 2, Pierce 6-16 8-10 24, Lee 5-11 0-0 10, Terry 3-7 1-1 8, Crawford 3-10 4-4 10, Randolph 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 1-4 0-0 2, D.White 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-74 18-23 89.

NEW YORK (108): Shumpert 3-3 2-2 10, Anthony 9-19 4-4 24, Martin 1-2 1-3 3, Felton 6-10 3-3 18, Prigioni 1-4 0-0 3, Smith 4-12 7-10 15, Kidd 1-4 0-0 3, Novak 4-7 0-0 10, Copeland 6-10 7-9 22, J.White 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-72 24-31 108.

Boston 23 25 21 20— 89

New York 28 37 21 22— 108

3-Point GoalsBoston 7-25 (Pierce 4-7, Green 2-5, Terry 1-5, Bradley 0-1, Williams 0-2, Lee 0-2, Crawford 0-3), New York 14-27 (Copeland 3-3, Felton 3-6, Shumpert 2-2, Novak 2-3, Anthony 2-4, Prigioni 1-3, Kidd 1-4, Smith 0-1, J.White 0-1). Fouled OutBradley. ReboundsBoston 42 (Pierce 15), New York 49 (Smith 12). AssistsBoston 12 (Pierce 5), New York 23 (Prigioni 5). Total FoulsBoston 22, New York 22. TechnicalsBoston Coach Rivers. A19,033 (19,763).

Hornets 112, Cavaliers 92

CLEVELAND (92): Gee 2-6 0-2 4, Thompson 6-9 0-1 12, Zeller 2-5 0-0 4, Irving 11-20 6-6 31, Ellington 5-10 0-0 12, Walton 1-4 0-0 3, Miles 1-9 0-0 3, Gibson 0-4 0-0 0, Speights 6-9 0-0 12, Livingston 4-5 3-3 11, Casspi 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-82 9-12 92.

NEW ORLEANS (112): Aminu 1-2 2-2 4, Davis 5-11 7-11 17, Lopez 1-5 1-2 3, Vasquez 10-14 3-4 25, Gordon 5-11 4-5 14, Anderson 9-14 0-0 23, Harris 0-2 1-2 1, Miller 3-7 0-0 8, Roberts 5-7 2-3 15, Amundson 1-1 0-0 2, Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-74 20-29 112.

Cleveland 21 28 24 19— 92

New Orleans 23 25 36 28— 112

3-Point GoalsCleveland 7-18 (Irving 3-5, Ellington 2-4, Walton 1-1, Miles 1-4, Gee 0-1, Gibson 0-3), New Orleans 12-21 (Anderson 5-7, Roberts 3-4, Vasquez 2-2, Miller 2-4, Harris 0-1, Gordon 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 38 (Thompson 10), New Orleans 52 (Davis 13). AssistsCleveland 20 (Irving 6), New Orleans 23 (Vasquez 9). Total FoulsCleveland 23, New Orleans 19. A11,008 (17,188).

Wizards 109, Raptors 92

TORONTO (92): Johnson 2-7 4-4 8, Gay 4-10 2-3 11, Valanciunas 5-9 8-10 18, Lowry 4-10 4-4 15, DeRozan 6-18 3-4 15, Fields 4-7 0-1 8, Anderson 3-9 0-0 7, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Ross 0-5 0-0 0, Telfair 4-6 0-0 10. Totals 32-81 21-26 92.

WASHINGTON (109): Booker 1-3 1-2 3, Webster 2-9 3-5 7, Okafor 7-14 5-7 19, Wall 7-15 3-4 18, Temple 0-2 0-0 0, Seraphin 6-10 1-2 13, Beal 8-14 2-2 24, Ariza 3-5 2-2 10, Singleton 0-1 0-0 0, Vesely 4-7 1-4 9, Price 3-5 0-0 6, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-85 18-28 109.

Toronto 25 25 26 16— 92

Washington 27 33 30 19— 109

3-Point GoalsToronto 7-19 (Lowry 3-5, Telfair 2-4, Gay 1-3, Anderson 1-5, Ross 0-2), Washington 9-17 (Beal 6-9, Ariza 2-2, Wall 1-3, Price 0-1, Webster 0-2). ReboundsToronto 51 (Johnson 12), Washington 57 (Okafor 10). AssistsToronto 21 (Lowry 7), Washington 24 (Wall 10). Total FoulsToronto 26, Washington 26. Flagrant Fouls—Gay. A14,360 (20,308).

Bosh pushes Heat minus James, Wade 03/31/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 1:14am]
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