Heat prevail over the Bucks
Milwaukee's loss gave the Bucks a two-game lead on the 76ers for the worst record in the NBA
James Jones added 10 for Miami in place of star guard Dwyane Wade, sidelined a second straight game with a sore hamstring. The Heat also played without Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers.
It didn't matter against the team with the NBA's worst record. Milwaukee tried to match Miami's energy, but couldn't keep with the more talented opponent - even one without two all-stars.
Wizards 101, Hawks 97 - John Wall scored 25 points, Drew Gooden had 26, and host Washington inched closer to their first playoff spot since 2008 with the win over Atlanta.
Washington entered the game needing a win and a loss by the New York Knicks on Sunday to make the playoffs.
Wall scored 13 points in the last 7 minutes, 16 seconds of the third quarter and the Wizards finally escaped the Hawks.
Jeff Teague scored 19 points for Atlanta.
Clippers 118, Rockets 107 - Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, Jamal Crawford added 22 points, and visiting Los Angeles beat Houston to clinch its franchise-record third straight playoff appearance.
The loss broke a five-game winning streak for Houston, which was without two of its starters as Dwight Howard and Pat Beverley sat out with injuries.
But it wasn't all good for Los Angeles, as Blake Griffin left in the first quarter with back spasms and didn't return, and Glen Davis missed the second half for disciplinary reasons after throwing a temper tantrum in the second quarter.
- Associated Press