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Wade runs amok; Heat grab fifth seed

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade goes up for a shot against New York Knicks center Chris Wilcox on Sunday in Miami.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade goes up for a shot against New York Knicks center Chris Wilcox on Sunday in Miami.

MIAMI – As the final moments ticked away in the greatest scoring show of his career, Dwyane Wade was summoned to the New York Knicks’ bench for a quick word.

“It’s kind of ridiculous,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni told him, “that you’re this good.”

Get ready, Atlanta: Wade looks primed for the playoffs.

Wade scored 55 points, one shy of the franchise record, and the Miami Heat wrapped up the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Knicks 122-105 on Sunday night.

The Heat will visit fourth-seeded Atlanta when the opening playoff round starts this weekend.

Wade shot 19-for-30 from the field, set a career high with six 3-pointers, and nearly topped Glen Rice’s record of 56 points before leaving with 1:06 remaining. Some in the crowd – even at least one member of the Heat coaching staff – wanted Wade to get one more chance at the record, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra chose not to take the risk.

“He’s broken every other record,” Spoelstra said. “Let’s leave one of them to Glen Rice.”

Michael Beasley finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who also got 15 points from Mario Chalmers.

Al Harrington and Wilson Chandler each scored 21 points for New York. Quentin Richardson finished with 14 and David Lee had an 11-point, 11-rebound night for the Knicks.

Wade scored for the final time with 5:31 remaining. Only then did the Knicks figure out how to stop him, well after it was too late.

“He just made them all tonight,” Harrington said. “When he is hot, you are in for a long night.”

The worst team in the NBA last season will end this year as the fifth seed in the East, and Wade doesn’t see any reason for Miami to end its turnaround campaign there.

“This wasn’t just another game,” Wade said. “This was a very important game for us.”

Hornets 102, Mavericks 92: At New Orleans, Chris Paul narrowly missed his seventh triple-double with 31 points, 17 assists and nine rebounds.

Raptors 111, 76ers 104: At Toronto, Chris Bosh scored 22 points, Jose Calderon had 11 points and 11 assists, and the Raptors handed the 76ers their season-high fifth straight loss.

Spurs 95, Kings 92: At Sacramento, Calif., Michael Finley’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left counted despite his apparent shot-clock violation and won the game.

Lakers 92, Grizzlies 75: At Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum scored 18 points in his third game back from a knee injury and Los Angeles won.

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