LeBron James scored 27 points in his return from a strained right hamstring, five other Miami players reached double figures and the Heat...
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 27 points in his return from a strained right hamstring, five other Miami players reached double figures and the Heat moved closer to securing home-court advantage for the entire NBA playoffs by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 106-87 on Saturday night.
Rashard Lewis scored 14 and Norris Cole had 13 for the Heat, whose magic number for clinching the league’s best regular-season record was trimmed to two.
Miami moved to 60-16, one win shy of matching the franchise season record. The Heat got there after outscoring Philadelphia 29-11 in the fourth quarter.
Jrue Holiday scored 18 points for Philadelphia. Former Husky Spencer Hawes had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
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James had missed Miami’s last three games, was cleared to return after some pregame testing and shot 12 for 17 from the field. Miami was without Dwyane Wade (sore ankle and knee) and Chris Bosh (sore right knee).
• Rick Adelman became the eighth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games when host Minnesota beat Detroit 107-101.
Former Kentwood High star Rodney Stuckey had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons.
• John Wall scored 37 points in a display of speed and flair to lead Washington to a 104-85 victory over visiting Indiana on a night the Wizards celebrated the 35th anniversary of the franchise’s only title. Wall made 16 of 25 shots.
• Tim Duncan had 31 points and 14 rebounds to help short-handed San Antonio edge visiting Atlanta 99-97. The Spurs were without Tony Parker (neck) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring strain), who sat out the game with injuries. They also lost Boris Diaw, who left midway through the second quarter with back spasms.
• Wilson Chandler scored 21 in place of injured Danilo Gallinari to help Denver beat Houston 132-114 for its 20th consecutive win at home, matching a team record.