NBA: Heat streak reaches 22 in row, matching second-longest ever

2013-03-18T00:00:00Z NBA: Heat streak reaches 22 in row, matching second-longest everThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

TORONTO - The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 for their 22nd consecutive victory.

LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions.

Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The longest is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

• Thunder 107, Mavericks 101: In Dallas, Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Russell Westbrook had 35 including the go-ahead jumper with 1 minute left to pace Oklahoma City.

Westbrook connected on a 17-footer to give the Thunder a 103-101 lead. On the next possession, Durant forced Dallas into a shot-clock violation when he blocked Mike James' desperation jumper.

• Clippers 93, Knicks 80: in Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists and Caron Butler added 14 points as the Clippers won a meeting of division leaders.

J.R. Smith scored 17 points and Raymond Felton had 16 for the Knicks, who played without All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in their fourth straight blowout loss on a five-game trip.

• Timberwolves 97, Hornets 95: In Minneapolis, Derrick Williams scored a career-high 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 with six assists for Minnesota.

The Wolves got a lift in the final seconds from two players who hadn't seen appeared in a game in more than two weeks when Nikola Pekovic hit two free throws to pull Minnesota ahead for good, and Andrei Kirilenko blocked Eric Gordon's driving layup with 4.6 seconds to play.

• Hawks 105, Nets 93: In New York, Al Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Atlanta dominated the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn.

Reggie Evans had a season-high 14 points and grabbed 22 rebounds for the Nets, who headed out for an eight-game road trip on a disappointing note. A victory would have moved them even with the slumping Knicks atop the Atlantic Division.

• Warriors 108, Rockets 78: In Houston, Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 26 with six three-pointers, and Golden State moved 1 1/2 games ahead ahead of Houston in the Western Conference standings.

James Harden and Jeremy Lin scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets.

• Bucks 115, Magic 109: In Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored a season-high 39 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter, as Milwaukee rallied past Orlando.

• Lakers 113, Kings 102: In Los Angeles, Antawn Jamison had 27 points, Metta World Peace added 22 and the Lakers won without Kobe Bryant, who missed his first game of the season to rest his sprained left ankle.

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