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Wade's 55 lock up fifth seed for Heat

Associated Press / April 13, 2009
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Dwyane Wade scored 55 points, one shy of the franchise record, and the Heat wrapped up the No. 5 spot in the East playoffs by beating the New York Knicks, 122-105, last night in Miami.

The Heat will play the fourth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the first round.

Wade shot 19 for 30 from the field, set a career high with six 3-pointers, and nearly topped Glen Rice's record of 56 points before leaving with 1:06 remaining.

Michael Beasley finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who also got 15 points from Mario Chalmers.

Wade, who was diving on the floor for loose balls, finished with nine rebounds, and dominated the Knicks in Miami for the second time this season.

Spurs 95, Kings 92 - Michael Finley's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left counted despite his apparent shot-clock violation, and visiting San Antonio came from behind to beat Sacramento.

Tony Parker had 25 points and the Spurs moved into a tie with Houston atop the Southwest Division with two games left. The Rockets and the Spurs are battling it out for the third seed in the West playoffs.

San Antonio kept Tim Duncan out of uniform to rest his sore knees, and the NBA-worst Kings led for most of the night before Finley's winner - even if television replays appeared to show the ball still in Finley's hands with the shot clock at zero.

Referee Dan Crawford's crew explained that shot-clock violations are unreviewable to irate Kings coach Kenny Natt.

Lakers 92, Grizzlies 75 - Andrew Bynum scored 18 points in his third game back from a knee injury and host Los Angeles rolled past Memphis.

The Lakers' chances of finishing with the best record in the league and earning home-court advantage through the finals all but mathematically ended earlier when Cleveland, with two games remaining, beat the Celtics to improve to 65-15. With one game left, Los Angeles is 64-17.

The 7-foot Bynum, who missed 32 games after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Jan. 31, played 25 minutes, shooting 6 of 10 from the floor and grabbing five rebounds.

Hornets 102, Mavericks 92 - Chris Paul scored 31 points, dished out 17 assists, and grabbed 9 rebounds as host New Orleans defeated Dallas.

David West scored 31 points to help the Hornets move a game ahead of Dallas for the sixth playoff seed in the West. Each team has two games left.

Raptors 111, 76ers 104 - Chris Bosh scored 22 points, Jose Calderon had 11 points and 11 assists, and host Toronto handed Philadelphia a season-high fifth straight loss. The loss drops Philadelphia into a battle with Chicago and Detroit. The 76ers can finish as high as sixth and as low as eighth. They host the Celtics tomorrow and visit Cleveland Wednesday to close the regular season.

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