Pacers, Heat fallUNDATED (AP) - The Heat still lead the NBA's Eastern Conference by percentage points over the Indiana Pacers, even after Miami lost a heartbreaker to Minnesota.
Corey Brewer hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in double-overtime to push the Timberwolves past the Heat 122-121. A third overtime appeared imminent after Chris Bosh canned a 3-pointer with 10.8 remaining, but Brewer went to the line after being fouled by Norris Cole.
Kevin Love finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, Chase Buddinger had 24 points and Ricky Rubio chipped in 13 points and 14 assists for the winners.
LeBron James had a game-high 34 points for the Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade once again.
Toronto won for the fifth time in six games as Terrence Ross, Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan each scored at least 20 points to lead the Raptors' 102-94 win against Indiana. Ross finished with 24 points, Valanciunas had 22 and nine rebounds, while DeRozan contributed 20 points to help the Raptors deal the Pacers their fourth loss in five games.
The Raptors still lead the Atlantic Division by 2 1/2 games over Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, Houston clinched a playoff berth while damaging Oklahoma City's hopes of grabbing the No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs.
James Harden scored 39 points and the Rockets ended a three-game skid by downing the Thunder 111-107. Harden hit two free throws to close the scoring and was 17 of 20 from the line. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists as the Rockets dropped the Thunder 3 1/2 games behind the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Thunder. It's his 40th straight game with at least 25 points, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan also did it 40 consecutive times in 1986-87.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
- Golden State's Klay Thompson scored 21 points in a 102-69 pounding of Sacramento. Stephen Curry had 13 points and five assists for the Warriors, who led 59-27 at halftime and 75-33 early in the third quarter.
- Gerald Green came off the bench to score 18 of his 32 points in the second half of the Suns' 109-93 victory over Portland. Eric Bledsoe finished with 30 points and Goran Dragic added 19 as Phoenix pulled into a tie with Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff slot.
- The Mavericks were 107-95 winners over the Lakers in Los Angeles as Dirk Nowitzki provided 27 points and nine rebounds. Nowitzki is 32 points behind Oscar Robertson for 10th on the all-time list.
- Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich had 17 points apiece in Chicago's fourth straight win, 102-90 against Milwaukee. Joakim Noah was among seven Bulls to score in double-figures, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
- The Nets' franchise-record home winning streak now stands at 15 games after they drained seven straight 3-point attempts in the second quarter of a 116-104 trouncing of Detroit. Shaun Livingston had a team-high 23 points and Mirza Teletovic made six 3-treys and added 20 points.
- Charlotte is another step closer to a playoff berth after Al Jefferson had 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 91-80 win against Orlando. Kemba Walker added 13 points and 10 assists for the Bobcats, who at 38-38 are back at .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.
- Marc Gasol had 24 points and Memphis bolstered its playoff hopes with a 100-92 win against Denver. Mike Conley scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Zach Randolph chipped in 20 points and 15 rebounds.
- Atlanta set a season high with 39 first-quarter points and never trailed in a 117-98 rout of Cleveland, which leaves the Cavaliers three games out of a playoff berth. Mike Scott dropped in 26 points, while Jeff Teague delivered 20 points and 12 assists as the Hawks won for only the second time in nine games to take a one-game lead over New York for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
- Bradley Beal made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 28 points in Washington's 90-89 topping of the Knicks. J.R. Smith scored a season-high 32 points for the Knicks, but Carmelo Anthony added just 10 and committed nine turnovers.
- Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Henry Sims had career-highs with 24 points and nine rebounds in Philadelphia's 111-102 triumph in Boston.
- Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward each scored 21 points and Utah halted a five-game skid by downing New Orleans 100-96.
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