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NBA: Philadelphia  Suffers Important Loss; Winners Include Bulls, Trail Blazers, Suns, Jazz


Philadelphia's chances of making the National Basketball Association playoffs moved a step away Saturday, after the 76ers fell 101-69 to the Miami Heat.

Miami's Dwayne Wade and Eddie Jones each scored 17 points to lead the Heat at home. The loss is the 76ers fourth in a row as they continue to struggle to clinch the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Central Division leading Indiana Pacers 99-95. James Posey scored seven of his 16 points in the final two minutes to boost host Memphis.

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs beat Boston for the 12th time in a row, with a 103-87 rout of the Celtics. Tim Duncan returned from a nine-game absence with an injured knee to score 26 points and make 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who are chasing Minnesota for the lead in the Midwest Division.

Other winners in the NBA Saturday were the Bulls, Trail Blazers, Suns and Jazz.

Chicago's Jamal Crawford scored 25 points in the Bulls' 87-81 win over the New York Knicks. The Portland Trail Blazers enjoyed a 92-73 romp over the Orlando Magic. The Phoenix Suns snapped a five-game losing streak with a 123-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. And Utah's Andrei Kirilenko and Raja Bell each had 18 points as the Jazz beat the Atlanta Hawks 87-81.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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