LeBron James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 19, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 25 games by pulling away in the second half and beating the visiting Detroit Pistons, 103-89, on Friday night.
Miami shook off a slow start to move within eight of tying the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA's longest winning streak.
James added eight rebounds and eight assists for Miami, whose magic number for clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference is now three.
Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, and the New York Knicks clinched a playoff berth with a 99-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. It was the Knicks' 41st win. That guaranteed they'll reach the playoffs for the third straight season, something they hadn't done since a 14-year streak of postseason appearances from 1988 to 2001.