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Wade hurts finger in Heat’s loss

Associated Press / April 22, 2012
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Dwyane Wade dislocated his left index finger in the opening minutes of the Heat’s game Saturday against the Washington Wizards in Miami, but he said he’ll be ready for the start of the playoffs next weekend.

X-rays were negative. Wade’s swollen finger was in a splint after Miami’s 86-84 loss.

“Obviously it will be sore for a couple of days, but I’ll be ready to go when the playoffs start, for sure,’’ Wade said.

Coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t rule out the possibility of Wade playing Sunday against Houston, although that’s unlikely.

“We’ll see,’’ Spoelstra said. “We’ll have to evaluate it each day and see how he responds.’’

With three regular-season games remaining, the Heat are virtually certain to finish second to Chicago in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls beat Dallas Saturday, and Miami trails them by two games in the loss column.

“Second place is not a bad place to be,’’ Wade said. “We’ll go into the playoffs and take it game by game and series by series, and see how we do.’’

LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out the game, resting for the postseason.

Three minutes into the first quarter, Wade appeared to get his finger caught in another player’s jersey and immediately went to the locker room grimacing in pain.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Miami.

Miami’s Mike Miller led a second-half comeback and finished with his first double-double of the season, 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers also scored 16 points, and Udonis Haslem had a season-high 15 rebounds.

The Heat trailed, 57-43, with 19 minutes left and took their first lead of the game on Miller’s follow shot at the start of the fourth quarter.

Miller scored 10 consecutive Heat points - including back-to-back 3-pointers - to put them up, 70-66. Washington responded with a 9-0 run capped by Maurice Evans’s 3-pointer.

76ers 109, Pacers 106 - Elton Brand scored 20 points and Lou Williams added 19 to help Philadelphia stop host Indiana’s seven-game winning streak with an overtime decision.

Jrue Holiday scored 17 points and Andre Iguodala added 16 for the 76ers.

Milwaukee beat New Jersey, meaning Philadelphia’s magic number for securing the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot is one win or a loss by the Bucks.

Jazz 117, Magic 107 - Devin Harris scored 21 points and had a key block that forced overtime in Salt Lake City to help Utah defeat Orlando and keep its hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot.

The Magic (36-27) dropped their second straight and first since All-Star center Dwight Howard had back surgery that will keep him out until next season.

The Jazz trailed by 14 in the first half, by 12 in the third, and by 6 midway through the fourth before rallying.

The Jazz (34-30) moved ahead of Phoenix (33-31) for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference after the Suns lost to Denver earlier.

Nuggets 118, Suns 107 - Ty Lawson went 5 for 5 on 3-pointers and had 29 points and 10 assists to lead Denver to a victory in Phoenix that clinched a playoff berth. The Suns’ Steve Nash had 13 assists and passed Oscar Robertson for fifth place on the NBA’s career list.

Bucks 106, Nets 95 - Brandon Jennings scored 30 points for host Milwaukee, which kept its slim playoff hopes alive by downing New Jersey.

Bulls 93, Mavericks 83 - Luol Deng scored 22 points, Richard Hamilton added 19, and host Chicago held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat Dallas.

Rockets 99, Warriors 96 - Courtney Lee scored 20 points, Goran Dragic added 18 points and seven assists, and host Houston snapped a six-game losing streak.

Grizzlies 93, Trail Blazers 89 - Rudy Gay scored 21 points and had a key block in the final seconds as host Memphis won its fourth straight.

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