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WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 20 points, and the Washington Wizards avenged two of their biggest losses of the season Friday night, never trailing in a 91-78 win over the cold-shooting, turnover-prone Indiana Pacers.


Marcin Gortat added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Al Harrington added 12 points, including a personal 10-0 run in the second quarter, for the Wizards, who dropped their first two games against the Pacers this season by a combined 47 points. Of Washington’s three losses by 20-plus points this season, two have been against Indiana.


But Indiana was due for a letdown, two nights after a big win over the Miami Heat in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers committed five turnovers in the first four minutes Friday and shot 35 percent overall.


Paul George scored 19 points for the Pacers, who have lost a season-high four straight road games.


Raptors 105, Celtics 103


TORONTO — Amir Johnson scored the winning basket with seven seconds left, and the Toronto Raptors clinched their first playoff berth in six seasons by beating the Boston Celtics.


DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Raptors won for the 18th time in 24 home games. Terrence Ross had 17 points, Greivis Vasquez scored 15 and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13.


The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors last reached the playoffs in 2007-08, losing in five games to Orlando in the first round. This is their sixth playoff berth in 19 seasons.


Heat 110, Pistons 78


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LeBron James had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Miami Heat build a big lead, and then he rested in the fourth quarter of a victory against the Detroit Pistons.


The banged-up Heat had little trouble even though they were without Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Greg Oden. Udonis Haslem scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter, when James already had seven assists.


Greg Monroe and Will Bynum each had 12 points for the Pistons, who honored their 1989 championship team at halftime.


Nets 108, Cavaliers 97


NEW YORK — Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Brooklyn Nets quickly pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory.


Joe Johnson added 14 points for the Nets, who played three straight overtime games on their road trip, losing the last two of them. But things were much easier back home, where they won for the 19th time in their last 21 games.


They are hoping to open the playoffs here, but still have work to do to catch either Toronto or Chicago for home-court advantage in the first round.


Magic 110, Bobcats 105


ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson had five points in overtime as the Orlando Magic edged the Charlotte Bobcats.


Aaron Afflalo, who finished with 17 points, sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining as Orlando won its second straight.


In overtime, Nelson’s 3-pointer with 2:26 left put Orlando ahead for good.


Trail Blazers 91, Bulls 74


CHICAGO — Mo Williams scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as the Portland Trail Blazers won on the road for a second straight night with a rout of the Chicago Bulls.


Damian Lillard had 16 points, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez each had 13, Wesley Matthews had 11 and Thomas Robinson added 10 for the Blazers, who won in Atlanta on Thursday after dropping the first three games of their road trip.


The Blazers got past the Bulls easily, despite a quiet night from All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who was playing just his second game after missing two weeks with a back injury. He had five points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes after having points and 16 rebounds in Atlanta.


Thunder 94, Kings 81


OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 29 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings.


Durant has scored at least 25 points in 37 consecutive games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan’s 40-game run for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season. Durant could have done more damage, but he sat for good with 1:25 left in the third quarter.


Russell Westbrook had 18 points and six assists and Jeremy Lamb added 13 points for the Thunder, who have won five of six.


Timberwolves 143, Lakers 107


MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double and the Minnesota Timberwolves hammered the woeful Los Angeles Lakers.


Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting in his first game back from an ankle injury and Love hit three of five 3-pointers in just three quarters. Kevin Martin scored 17 points for the Wolves, who led by 19 points in the first quarter, 37 in the second and 40 in the third.


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