Miami keep heat on Brooklyn

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The Heat would have been eliminated from the play-off race with a loss ??? or if Brooklyn Nets had beaten Chicago Bulls.

And, at one stage, Miami led by 22 points but needed to hold off a late Magic surge to post only their second win in eight contests.

Dwyane Wade added 22 points, while Luol Deng potted 14 for Miami who have not missed a post-season since 2007-08.

A realistic Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said: “I don’t know what the percentage is now but at least it’s gone up a couple of ticks.”

The four-time reigning Eastern Conference champions will have to win their final regular season match on Wednesday in Philadelphia to have any chance of reaching post-season.

Orlando managed to outscore Miami 27-16 during the final quarter but were unable to close the gap??at the American Airlines Arena.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn were beaten 113-86 at home by??Chicago for whom rookie forward Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points.

Chicago out-pointed their opponents during every quarter, including 30-15 in the third.

Mirotic passed 20 points for the 11th time and, with the Nets losing, the idle Boston Celtics clinched a spot in the post-season schedule.

Elsewhere, New York edged past Atlanta Hawks 112-108.

Rookie guard Langston Galloway enjoyed a career-high 26 points, as the Knicks beat the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

New York???s Jason Smith, who netted 20 points, hit two clinching free throws with 9.3 seconds remaining to help the Knicks register their 17th triumph of the season.

And??New Orleans moved one step closer to their first play-off appearance since 2011, as the Pelicans saw off Minnesota Timberwolves 100-88.

Anthony Davis poached 24 points as the Pelicans made it five wins in six.?????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????

Monday???s NBA results

Houston 100 CHARLOTTE 90????

CLEVELAND 109 Detroit 97????

Milwaukee 107 PHILADELPHIA 97????

NY Knicks 112 ATLANTA 108??

Chicago 113 BROOKLYN 86????

MIAMI 100 Orlando 93????

New Orleans 100 MINNESOTA 88????

OKLAHOMA CITY 101 Portland 90????

UTAH 109 Dallas 92

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