Heat clinch early playoff berth, down slumping Sixers

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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat have already clinched a spot in the playoffs.

The Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter Friday to earn their 17th straight win, this time a 102-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers to mark the earliest date they have ever earned a postseason berth.

LeBron James totaled 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and scored six points on a pivotal run early in the final frame that turned a close contest into an inevitable outcome -- a 13th straight win over the struggling Sixers.

Dwyane Wade chipped in 22 points and Chris Bosh added 16 in the victory.

Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 25 points, Dorell Wright followed with 14 and Spencer Hawes finished with 13 points and 10 boards in Philadelphia's 12th consecutive road loss.

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