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Spurs still in it, barely

MOVING ON: Heat guard Dwyane Wade scores two of his 26 points as Miami defeats the 76ers, eliminating Philadelphia.

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MOVING ON: Heat guard Dwyane Wade scores two of his 26 points as Miami defeats the 76ers, eliminating Philadelphia.

SAN ANTONIO — Gary Neal caught an inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left and forced overtime with a 3-point heave as time expired, and the Spurs staved off elimination by stunning the Grizzlies 110-103 on Wednesday.

Neal's straightaway 3-pointer, from about 27 feet away, was the second of two remarkable San Antonio baskets in the final 2.2 seconds of regulation. Manu Ginobili, who scored 33, hit the other with a long corner jumper while falling out of bounds to keep top-seeded San Antonio alive. Ginobili's shot came after he grabbed the ball on a botched, up-for-grabs inbounds pass

The eighth-seeded Grizzlies lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and will host the Spurs on Friday.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Was Neal's 3-pointer the biggest shot the rookie has ever hit?

"Yeah," Neal said. "By far."

Heat ousts 76ers

MIAMI — For the first time since 2006, the Heat won a playoff series and, finally, can start thinking about another showdown with the Celtics.

Dwyane Wade had 26 points and Chris Bosh added 22 points and 11 rebounds as Miami advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals by topping Philadelphia 97-91, ousting the 76ers in five games.

Mario Chalmers scored 20 off the bench and LeBron James had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Miami. Joel Anthony hit two free throws with 16.8 seconds left for the Heat, who will face Boston starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Miami.

It's the first series win for the Heat since the 2006 NBA Finals.

"We're going to be ready," Wade said. "Philly got us ready."

"You can't take it for granted, winning a series in the playoffs. Now we move on to a series that everybody will be excited about," Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said.

Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand each had 22 points for Philadelphia.

The Heat's double-digit lead was cut to one in the final minute. Philadelphia had a chance to tie with 1:10 left, but Evan Turner missed a baseline jumper and James grabbed his 10th rebound.

Spurs 110, Grizzlies 103, OT

MEMPHIS (103): Young 7-12 3-3 18, Randolph 10-17 6-7 26, Gasol 5-14 1-1 11, Conley 9-20 2-2 20, Allen 2-6 3-4 7, Arthur 2-7 0-0 4, Battier 2-5 1-2 6, Mayo 3-4 2-2 9, Vasquez 1-2 0-2 2, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-87 18-23 103.

SAN ANTONIO (110): Jefferson 2-7 1-1 6, Duncan 5-13 3-4 13, McDyess 2-6 0-0 4, Parker 9-20 6-9 24, Ginobili 10-18 9-10 33, Hill 3-7 6-6 12, Bonner 2-6 0-0 5, Neal 3-5 0-0 7, Splitter 3-3 0-2 6. Totals 39-85 25-32 110.

Memphis 14 28 26 29 6— 103

San Antonio 20 30 15 32 13— 110

3-Point GoalsMemphis 3-10 (Mayo 1-1, Young 1-2, Battier 1-4, Allen 0-1, Conley 0-2), San Antonio 7-22 (Ginobili 4-9, Neal 1-2, Jefferson 1-4, Bonner 1-4, Hill 0-1, Parker 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 55 (Gasol 17), San Antonio 49 (Duncan 12). AssistsMemphis 19 (Randolph 6), San Antonio 23 (Parker 9). Total FoulsMemphis 28, San Antonio 18. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second. A18,581 (18,797).

Heat 97, 76ers 91

PHILADELPHIA (91): Iguodala 10-14 2-4 22, Brand 10-17 2-2 22, Hawes 2-7 0-0 4, Holiday 3-9 4-5 10, Meeks 4-8 2-2 12, Turner 2-10 0-0 4, Young 6-8 1-3 13, Williams 2-8 0-1 4, Battie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 11-17 91.

MIAMI (97): James 5-13 4-5 16, Bosh 7-16 8-10 22, Ilgauskas 0-1 0-0 0, Bibby 0-1 0-0 0, Wade 10-25 5-6 26, Anthony 0-0 4-4 4, Chalmers 7-14 0-0 20, Jones 3-7 0-0 9, House 0-3 0-0 0, Howard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-80 21-25 97.

Philadelphia 23 19 25 24— 91

Miami 27 18 27 25— 97

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 2-10 (Meeks 2-6, Holiday 0-1, Williams 0-1, Iguodala 0-2), Miami 12-30 (Chalmers 6-12, Jones 3-6, James 2-5, Wade 1-5, House 0-1, Bosh 0-1). Fouled OutBrand. ReboundsPhiladelphia 50 (Turner, Iguodala 10), Miami 52 (Bosh, Wade 11). AssistsPhiladelphia 20 (Holiday 8), Miami 17 (James 8). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 18, Miami 12. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second, Bosh, Miami Coach Spoelstra, Wade. A19,896 (19,600).

Report: Magic going to keep coach, GM

Coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith both will return next season, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide told the paper that he and owner Rich DeVos' family feel comfortable and confident in Van Gundy and Smith regardless of whether Orlando wins its first-round series against Atlanta. Smith and Van Gundy received contract extensions last summer through the 2012-13 season.

LATE TUESDAY: Lakers star Kpbe Bryant scored 19 points on a sprained left ankle to lead host Los Angeles past the Hornets 106-90 in Game 5 for a 3-2 series lead.

WARRIORS OUST SMART: The Warriors parted ways with coach Keith Smart, choosing not to renew his one-year contract after a 36-46 season.

WNBA: Reigning MVP Lauren Jackson of Seattle will skip the first half of the 2012 season to focus on training with the Australian national team in preparation for the London Olympics.

Spurs still in it, barely 04/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 1:12am]
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