Basketball

76ers lock up playoff spot against Pistons

Wanting to clinch a playoff berth at home, Philadelphia Coach Tony DiLeo relied on Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller, and they came though for the 76ers in a 95-90 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Playing the entire second half, Iguodala scored 16 of his season-high 31 points, and Miller added a triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the 76ers advanced to the playoffs for the second straight season.

"We took a little gamble playing Andre and Andre the whole second half, but we felt we had to do it," DiLeo said. "Miller had a great game with the triple-double and Andre Iguodala had the high score, so those two guys really stepped it up."

Detroit's loss, combined with the Bulls' win over New Jersey, put the Pistons a half-game behind the Nets for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Detroit still leads Charlotte for the eighth and final spot.

■ Detroit's Tayshaun Prince took a nasty fall after being fouled by Philadelphia's Theo Ratliff late in the game. Prince went high for a layup, and was met by Ratliff under the basket. Prince landed hard and remained on the floor for several minutes, attended to by Pistons medical personnel. He remained in the game and had 10 points.

Saturday's highlights

Magic 88, Hawks 82: Dwight Howard scored 21 points and tied a season high with 23 rebounds, helping visiting Orlando pull within a half-game of tying for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Howard's performance marked the ninth time this season, and 23rd of his five-year career, that he's had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. He also had five assists and four blocked shots.

Coming off a blowout home victory over East-leading Cleveland on Friday, the Magic have won two straight, eight of nine and 11 of 13. They are four games behind the Cavaliers and trail the second-place Celtics by percentage points.

Joe Johnson scored 21 points for the Hawks, who have dropped three straight and six of eight. Atlanta dropped to 29-10 at home, where it has lost three of four.

Heat 118, Wizards 104: Dwyane Wade scored 33 points, and Miami broke a franchise record with eight three-pointers in the fourth quarter to put away host Washington.

Wade and James Jones each made three three-pointers in the final period, finally blowing open the game after the last of several Wizards comebacks. Miami made a season-high 14 three-pointers in 32 attempts.

The Heat have a thing about making three-pointers against the Wizards. The last two times they made the previous franchise mark of seven in a quarter came at Washington — the last time exactly a year ago on April 4, 2008.

Bulls 103, Nets 94: Ben Gordon scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, John Salmons added 17 and host Chicago beat New Jersey for its eighth win in 11 games. Gordon missed his first 10 shots and was just 3-for-14 overall, but he hit a key three-pointer and two free throws during a game-ending 10-0 run.

Raptors 102, Knicks 95: Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points, Chris Bosh had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and visiting Toronto extended its winning streak to six.

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