Heat Top 76ers to Clinch Playoff Berth With 17th Straight WinNancy Kercheval
LeBron James had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat topped the Philadelphia 76ers 102-93 to clinch a playoff berth with their 17th straight National Basketball Association victory.
The Heat (46-14) lead the league, one-half game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs (48-15).
The Heat trailed at the half and were behind by as much as nine points in the third quarter before James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Miami a 76-75 lead. The team went on a 17-4 run in the fourth period to secure the win and match the 12th longest winning streak in NBA history.
Dwyane Wade had 22 points and Chris Bosh added 16 for the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
Thaddeus Young led the 76ers with 25 points followed by Dorell Wright with 14 points.
Philadelphia (23-38) is in last place in the Eastern Conference’s five-team Atlantic Division, 15 games behind the New York Knicks.