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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bullets Kill Pacers' 7-Year Run, Eye Playoffs

LANDOVER, Maryland -- The Washington Bullets ended Indiana's seven-year playoff run and enhanced their own chances of qualifying for postseason play by beating the Pacers 103-90.


Rod Strickland had a season-high 34 points and 13 assists Thursday night as the Bullets maintained a one-game lead over Cleveland in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers kept pace by beating Orlando.


Washington, vying to end an eight-year playoff drought was set to host Orlando on Friday before closing the season Sunday in Cleveland.


Juwan Howard scored 25 points for the Bullets, who never trailed in the second half. Chris Webber, playing at center for the injured Gheorghe Muresan, had 20 points and 12 rebounds.


Heat 102, Bulls 92. The Miami Heat picked up its franchise-record 60th win and denied the Chicago Bulls their 70th victory of the season with a 102-92 triumph in a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday.


Jamal Mashburn had 23 points, Tim Hardaway added 22 and Alonzo Mourning 21 as Miami coach Pat Riley reached the 60-win plateau for the seventh time with his third different team.


"Against Chicago, you have to have your best players playing well. I think Jamal had an extraordinary night, along with 'Zo and Tim," Riley said.


(AP, Reuters)


(For other results, see Scorecard.)