Rap­tors beat Heat, put them near elim­i­na­tion

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Lou Wil­liams scored 29 points, De­Mar DeRozan added 24 and the Toronto Rap­tors put the Miami Heat on the brink of play­off elim­i­na­tion with a 107-104 victory Satur­day night. Greivis Vasquez and Kyle Lowry each scored 12 points and Pa­trick Pat­ter­son had 11 for the Rap­tors, who clinched home-court ad­van­tage in the first round of the play­offs.

Dwyane Wade scored 30 points for the Heat, who can only get to 37 wins — the num­ber that Brook­lyn and Bos­ton are al­ready at, putting them in the No. 7 and No. 8 spots in the Eastern Con­fer­ence race. Go­ran Dragic scored 22 points for Miami and Has­san White­side fin­ished with 16 points and 18 re­bounds.

But White­side also missed 12 free throws, go­ing 4 for 16, and as a team the Heat went 24 of 44 from the line.

Wil­liams hit a 3-pointer with 31.2 sec­onds left to put the Rap- tors up by five, and that just about sealed not just the game but Miami’s play­off fate. The Heat must win their last two games, and get a ton of help to reach the post­sea­son for the sev­enth straight year.

The win was Toronto’s 48th of the sea­son and 22nd on the road, both ty­ing fran­chise records.

Pau Ga­sol had 24 points and 13 re­bounds and Der­rick Rose had 22 points and eight as­sists in 28 min­utes in the Chicago Bulls’ 114-107 victory over the Philadel­phia 76ers.

The Bulls re­mained tied with the Toronto Rap­tors for third place in the Eastern Con­fer­ence with two games to go for each team.

The 76ers dressed just nine play­ers, but stayed close with an ag­gres­sive, at­tack­ing style on both ends. Robert Cov­ing­ton led Philadel­phia with 22 points, Ja­son Richard­son had 19, and JaKarr Samp­son 18.

Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 34 points in the first half, Klay Thomp­son made three 3-point­ers in the fi­nal 4 min­utes and the Golden State War­riors set yet an­other fran­chise record in a 110-101 victory over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves.

The War­riors broke their fran­chise record with their 37th home win. They have lost only twice at home and lead the NBA with a 68-15 record.

Curry made five 3- point­ers, went 11 of 21 from the floor and had seven as­sists to help the War­riors com­plete a four-game sweep of the Tim­ber­wolves.

J.J. Redick and Blake Grif­fin scored 18 points each and the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers pulled away to beat the Mem­phis Grizzlies 94-86 to take a step to­ward se­cur­ing home-court ad­van­tage for the play­offs.

De­An­dre Jor­dan had 16 points and 16 re­bounds and Chris Paul had 15 points and 14 as­sists to help the Clip­pers win their fifth in a row.

Zach Ran­dolph had 21 points and 13 re­bounds for the Grizzlies, who lost starter Marc Ga­sol to a sprained left an­kle late in the first quar­ter.

Trevor Booker scored a ca­reer­high 36 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers 111-105, deny­ing Port­land home court ad­van­tage in the first round of the play­offs.

The Blaz­ers won the North­west Di­vi­sion, but the four teams with the best records in each con­fer­ence get home court in the post sea­son and the Blaz­ers can’t catch the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

Else­where, the New York Knicks beat the Or­lando Magic 80-79 in a game that had the low­est-scor­ing quar­ter in NBA his­tory. The teams com­bined to score only 15 points in the sec­ond quar­ter, break­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 18.

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