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Heat stay on hot streak

Miami cuts down weary Clippers

Damon Jones had a career-high 31 points, and Dwyane Wade had a 28-point, 12-assist outing to help carry the Heat to a 113-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers last night in Miami.

Shaquille O'Neal had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, who won their seventh straight and sent the Clippers to a seventh consecutive loss -- all part of their nine-game road trip, the longest in the league this season.

Jones, who's playing for his ninth NBA club in a seven-year career, was 8 for 10 from 3-point range; he made three in a two-minute span to end the first quarter, then connected on two more in the last 43 seconds of the third quarter to give Miami a 90-75 lead.

Corey Maggette, who was back in the Clippers' starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 20, had 21 points. All five Los Angeles starters reached double figures, but the Clippers couldn't overcome a 53.3 percent shooting performance by the Heat.

Pistons 93, 76ers 75 -- Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton scored 20 points each, leading visiting Detroit past Philadelphia for its fourth straight win.

While Detroit was holding the league's leading scorer, Allen Iverson, to 23 points, Billups was 7 of 8 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

Hamilton was 8 for 16 from the field. The Pistons made half of their 72 shots, going 9 of 17 from the 3-point line. The Pistons also outrebounded the Sixers, 49-42.

Pacers 95, Trail Blazers 87 -- Reggie Miller scored 27 of his season-high 36 points in the second half to lead host Indiana over Portland. Jeff Foster had 14 points and 17 rebounds, and Fred Jones added another 14 points.

All-Star Jermaine O'Neal was held to 10 points on 4-of-19 shooting for Indiana, which won for the third time in its last four games heading into the All-Star break.

Knicks 108, Bucks 90 -- Jamal Crawford scored 23 points to lead six Knicks in double figures, and host New York pulled away from Milwaukee in the fourth quarter.

Stephon Marbury was on the bench as the Knicks began the fourth with an 80-76 lead, and he stayed there for the rest of the game as Crawford directed the offense and Michael Sweetney (18 points) and Jerome Williams controlled the inside.

Cavaliers 111, Hawks 89 -- LeBron James scored 28 points, fellow All-Star Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and host Cleveland reached 30 victories before the All-Star break for just the fourth time with a win over Atlanta.

James finished with six assists and five rebounds in 38 minutes as the Cavaliers completed a four-game season sweep of the Hawks.

Warriors 117, SuperSonics 110 -- Jason Richardson scored 30 points and Derek Fisher had 21, including five 3-pointers, to lead Golden State to victory in Seattle.

Dale Davis had a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Golden State, which ended a three-game losing streak. Speedy Claxton added 17 points for the Warriors.

Nets 96, Kings 85 -- Jason Kidd had his 64th career triple-double (19 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and Vince Carter scored 21 points, leading New Jersey to a home victory.

Bulls 121, Raptors 115 -- Kirk Hinrich had 28 points, Eddy Curry provided 24, and Ben Gordon scored 15 in the fourth quarter and Chicago reached a season high for points in its victory in Toronto.

Bobcats 94, Nuggets 88 -- Kareem Rush scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter as Charlotte snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over road-weary Denver.

Spurs 101, Hornets 78 -- Tim Duncan scored 19 points and visiting San Antonio pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat New Orleans.

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