LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn't win in Boston in the regular season. And now they might have to do it in the playoffs.
Rajon Rondo had a triple-double and James missed a crucial free throw with 12.5 seconds left in the Celtics' 85-82 victory over visiting Miami Sunday. Boston, 3-0 against the Heat this season, took back the top spot in the East and clinched the potential tiebreaker for home-court advantage in the playoffs. The teams will play again in Miami on April 10.
"They are the defending Eastern Conference champions. You have to go through them, and they ain't going to make it easy," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
"This is classic, typical bigger brothers," the Heat's Dwyane Wade said. "You've got to get over the hump. We're getting closer and closer, but we're not there yet. It can happen at any time. It can happen in the playoffs."
Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds and James had 22 points for Miami.
Magic 89, Lakers 75: Dwight Howard had 31 points and 13 rebounds as host Orlando earned its first victory over a winning team in more than a month. Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum each had 17 points to lead the Lakers, who had won four straight.
Wizards 115, Cavaliers 100:Nick Young scored 31 points and John Wall had 19 points and 14 assists as Washington snapped its road winless streak at 25 games. It was the 37th loss in 39 games for the Cavs, who ended their skid at 26 games Friday. Antawn Jamison had 21 points and J.J. Hickson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.
Grizzlies 116, Nuggets 108: Darrell Arthur scored 24 points and Rudy Gay had 23 for host Memphis, which erased a 17-point third-quarter deficit and outscored Denver 34-18 in the fourth quarter. Tony Allen had 17 points and Zach Randolph scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth. The Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony finished with 28 - his sixth game in the last seven with at least 25 points.
Raptors 98, Clippers 93: Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points and Ed Davis had a career-high 14 rebounds for host Toronto. Blake Griffin had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Baron Davis scored 20 points for Los Angeles.
Trail Blazers 105, Pistons 100: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 36 points and Wesley Matthews added 24 for the Trail Blazers. Portland, which has won four straight, also got 15 points and 12 assists from Andre Miller.- AP