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Heat puts away 76ers, Celtics are next

MIAMI -- Not easy. But over.

For the first time since 2006, the Miami Heat have won a playoff series -- and, finally, can start thinking in earnest about another showdown with the Boston Celtics.

Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals by topping Philadelphia, 97-91, on Wednesday night and ousting the 76ers in five games.

Mario Chalmers scored 20 points off the bench and LeBron James finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Miami. Joel Anthony made a pair of free throws with 16.8 seconds left for the Heat, who will face Boston starting Sunday afternoon in Miami.

It's the first series win for the Heat since the 2006 NBA finals.

Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand each scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which got 13 from Thaddeus Young, 12 from Jodie Meeks and 10 from Jrue Holiday.


Around the league

*Keith Smart is out as the Golden State Warriors coach after one season. The Warriors, 36-46 this past season, announced that they won't pick up Smart's option.

*The New York Knicks will keep point guard Chauncey Billups and his $14.2 million salary rather than waive him and pay him only $3.7 million.

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