Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards small forward Martell Webster (9) in the second half at American Airlines Arena. Photo by Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Heat 99, Wizards 90
The two-time NBA champion Miami Heat snapped a rare three-game losing streak, beating the Washington Wizards 99-90.
LeBron James led the Heat with 23 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. However, he did not shoot a free throw for the second straight game, the first time that has happened since his rookie year.
Dwyane Wade, playing on back-to-back nights despite his sore knees for just the third time in 12 opportunities this season, looked fresh in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 22 points.
The Heat (44-17) trails the Indiana Pacers by one game in the battle for the best record in the Eastern Conference. But the teams are tied in the loss column.
The Wizards fell to 33-30.
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Knicks 123, 76ers 110
The New York Knicks won their fourth straight game to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, turning back the Philadelphia 76ers.
Amar'e Stoudemire matched his season best with 23 points, and rookie guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points for New York (25-40), which started the night two games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Michael Carter-Williams registered a triple-double, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia (15-48), which has lost 17 straight games, its longest losing streak since a franchise-high 20-game span in 1973.