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Monday, April 23, 2012

LeBron sits, Wade hurt as Heat lose to Wizards


MIAMI — With the playoffs a week away, Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat arena Saturday night with his swollen finger in a splint — and considered himself lucky.

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With authority: Phoenix's Shannon Brown dunks against Denver on Saturday. The Nuggets won 118-107. AP

Wade played less than 3 minutes before dislocating his left index finger but avoided serious injury as the Heat lost 86-84 to the woeful Washington Wizards.

A doctor reset Wade's finger, and X-rays were negative.

"I'm not going to cry about it," he said. "When I was sitting on the table before they could put it back in, the worst-case scenario was surgery, and the best-case scenario was this. Obviously it will be sore for a couple of days, but I'll be ready to go when the playoffs start, for sure."

The Heat fell two games behind the Chicago Bulls in the loss column in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference, with only three games remaining.

"Second place is not a bad place to be," Wade said.

His injury was ironic because coach Erik Spoelstra has made getting healthy a priority late in the regular season. As a result, LeBron James sat out for only the second time this season Saturday, and Chris Bosh was also rested.

Bulls 93, Mavericks 83

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

The victory gave Chicago (48-16) a 2½ game lead over Miami for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bulls have two regular-season games left, against Indiana and Cleveland.

Nuggets 118, Suns 107

In Phoenix, Ty Lawson went 5 of 5 on 3-pointers and had 29 points and 10 assists to lead Denver to a win over the Suns that clinched a playoff berth for the Nuggets.

Phoenix fell a half-game behind Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Rockets 99, Warriors 96

In Houston, Courtney Lee scored 20 points, Goran Dragic added 18 points and seven assists and the Rockets snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Golden State.

Luis Scola had 13 points and Chase Budinger added 11 for Houston, which came into the game in the 10th spot in the Western Conference, one game behind Utah and Phoenix.

Bucks 106, Nets 95

In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 30 points to lead the Bucks to a victory over New Jersey that kept their slim playoff hopes alive.

Jennings, who hit three straight 3-pointers late in the game, was 9 of 18 from the field and finished with six rebounds, six assists and four steals.

76ers 109, Pacers 106 (OT)

In Indianapolis, Elton Brand scored 20 points and Lou Williams added 19 to help Philadelphia beat the Pacers in overtime, stopping Indiana's winning streak at seven games.

Jrue Holiday scored 17 points and Andre Iguodala added 16 for the 76ers, who inched closer to clinching a playoff berth.

Grizzlies 93, Trail Blazers 89

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 21 points and had a key block in the final seconds as the Grizzlies beat Portland for their fourth straight victory.

Gay, who was 9 of 16 from the field, blocked Wesley Matthews' 3-point attempt with about 5 seconds left to seal the win and send the short-handed Trail Blazers to their fifth straight loss.

Jazz 117, Magic 107 (OT)

In Salt Lake City, Devin Harris scored 21 points and had a key block that forced overtime to help Utah defeat Orlando and keep its lock on the final Western Conference playoff spot.

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