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February 20. 2013 4:21AM
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PHILADELPHIA — Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, Nick Young had 18 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 92-84 Wednesday night.


Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 14 points to help the Sixers win for just the fourth time in 13 games and seventh in 24.


Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Nene scored 16 and Martell Webster got 15 for Washington.


The Wizards dropped to 6-5 since John Wall returned from a knee injury. They were 5-28 without him and entered with the second-worst record in the NBA. Wall had nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.


The Sixers are three games into an eight-game homestand and need to use the home-court advantage to make up some ground in the playoff race. They entered three games behind Boston for the final spot in the East.


Heat 105, Nets 85

NEW YORK — LeBron James had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat blew out Brooklyn in the second half for a victory, their 13th in a row over the Nets.


Dwyane Wade added 21 points and Chris Bosh had 16 for the Heat, who outscored the Nets 56-36 in the second half after it was tied at halftime.


In their first game since falling in double overtime Sunday at Boston, the Heat made sure this would be a much easier night. James, Wade and Bosh were all on the bench long before the end, and Miami shot 52 percent from the field and made 11 of 19 3-pointers.


Brook Lopez, chosen to his first All-Star team Wednesday, scored 21 points for the Nets, who had their eight-game home winning streak snapped.


Pacers 98, Pistons 79

INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a win over Detroit Pistons.


David West scored 14 points and Lance Stephenson added 12 points and 11 boards to help the Pacers snap a three game skid.


Greg Monroe had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of the last five.


The Pacers went on an 18-2 run in the second quarter. Stephenson made a 3-pointer and a free throw to help the Pacers take a 54-36 lead at halftime.



Knicks 113, Magic 97

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points to set a team-record with his 30th straight 20-point game, leading the New York Knicks to a 113-97 victory over the reeling Orlando Magic.


Anthony's scoring tended to overshadow outstanding games by New York big men Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire who combined for 35 points on 17 of 18 shooting from the field against the Magic, who lost their seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.



Celtics 99, Kings 81

BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 16 points and the Boston Celtics won their second game since losing Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury, beating the Sacramento Kings.


The Celtics charged to a 59-38 halftime lead as they hit 62.5 percent of their shots. They led by at least 14 points the rest of the way against the team that allowed an NBA-worst average of 103.2 points going into the game.


Boston won despite losing another starter when forward Jared Sullinger left just over four minutes into the game with back spasms and didn't return.



Hawks 93, Raptors 92

ATLANTA — Al Horford scored 22 points, including a go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors.


Longtime Raptors guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis gave farewell hugs to their teammates about an hour before the game as word leaked of a trade that will send small forward Rudy Gay from Memphis to Toronto.


DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points. John Lucas added a season-high 19 points, Alan Anderson had 15 points and Aaron Gray had eight points and 11 rebounds.



Clippers 96, Timberwolves 90

MINNEAPOLIS — Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 12 boards to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Caron Butler had 19 points, and Jamal Crawford scored 17 for the Clippers.


Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had coach Rick Adelman on the sideline for the first time since Jan. 5. Adelman missed the previous 11 games while his wife sought treatment for seizures. Tempers flared in the first half when Matt Barnes was ejected and Wolves center Greg Stiemsma floored Grant Hill. But the Clippers got physical and handed the Wolves their fifth straight loss.


Bulls 104, Bucks 88

MILWAUKEE — Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter, leading the Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Jimmy Butler, a second-year pro from Marquette, had 18 points and five rebounds in a return to the arena where he played college basketball.


Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and seven rebounds.




AP Source: Rudy Gay headed to Toronto


Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto in the latest and most dramatic move in the Memphis Grizzlies makeover, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.


The Grizzlies agreed to trade their star swingman to the Raptors on Wednesday, parting with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.


The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in the deal, and another person familiar with the negotiations said the Grizzlies were in discussion with the Detroit Pistons to swap Calderon for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.


The moves surprised many around the league, including Calderon.


It's been my home for eight years, Calderon said in Atlanta, shortly before leaving the arena. I've done everything possible for this team. It's tough. The fans have been with me since Day 1. It's tough.


Prince and Daye were both listed as inactive for the game against the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday night, but a Pistons spokesman decline to comment.


Gay, averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, signed a five-year, $82 million maximum contract in July 2010 with Memphis. The 6-foot-8 small forward is due $16.5 million this season with $37 million more over the next two years. That's a big number for new owner Robert Pera, who took over the franchise last November and has quickly started addressing the team's salary situation.


Just over a week ago, the Grizzlies sent valuable reserve Marreese Speights and two other players to Cleveland in a move that cleared $6.4 million in salary and avoided a $4 million luxury tax hit this season. Team officials said that move put the Grizzlies in position not to have to make a move this season.


Memphis coach Lionel Hollins had been lobbying to keep his five starters together the rest of this season, but he apparently lost that fight. It's a significant move for a team that was fourth in the Western Conference and three games behind the third-place Clippers.





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