LeBron James scored 29 as Miami crept within eight of tying the 1971-72 Lakers for the longest NBA win streak ever.


MIAMI - It's becoming almost commonplace now, this trend of the Miami Heat getting off to slow starts and having to dig their way back from double-digit deficits.

Apparently, they do not mind.

LeBron James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 19 and the Heat extended their winning streak to 25 games by pulling away in the second half and beating the Detroit Pistons 103-89 on Friday night.

Miami trailed by as much as 11 in the first half before moving within eight of tying the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history. The Heat also won at home for the 16th straight time.

"We don't get caught up in things like that, saying that we're untouchable," said James, who also finished with eight assists and eight rebounds. "We know we can be beat by anybody, any night, if we don't come in with the mindset to play our game."

Maybe they don't always come in with that mindset in perfect order, but the Heat clearly find a way to get to that place. Just this week alone, they rallied from 17 points down to win at Boston, then pulled off the wild 27-point, second-half comeback to prevail at Cleveland.

Greg Monroe finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which dropped its 10th straight game.

• Timberwolves 117, Suns 86: In Phoenix, Andrei Kirilenko scored 20 points and Minnesota routed the slumping Suns to snap a nine-game road losing streak.

Reserve Dante Cunningham added 18 points, Greg Stiemsma had 14 and four others were in double digits for the Timberwolves, who won for the fourth time in 16 games.

Luis Scola had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 13 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who have lost six of seven and eight of their past 10.

Phoenix's last three losses have come by an average of 21 points.

Minnesota extended an 11-10 lead to 29-14 with 1:24 left in the first quarter.

• Thunder 97, Magic 89: In Orlando, Fla., Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook had 19 points and Oklahoma City won.

• Pacers 102, Bucks 78: In Indianapolis, Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Indiana.

• Knicks 99, Raptors 94: In Toronto, Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and New York clinched a playoff berth with its 41st victory.

• Trail Blazers 104, Hawks 93: In Atlanta, Wesley Matthews scored 28 points to lead three teammates with at least 20 points and Portland beat Atlanta for its second road win in as many nights.

• Spurs 104, Jazz 97, OT: In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 22 points in his return from an eight-game absence, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 16 rebounds and the Spurs escaped.

• Mavericks 104, Celtics 94: In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, and Shawn Marion had a double-double in his return from a calf injury.

• Rockets 116, Cavaliers 78: In Houston, James Harden scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik added 13 points apiece and the Rockets won.

• Hornets 90, Grizzlies 83: In New Orleans, Robin Lopez had 23 points, including a key putback and a pair of free throws in the final 1:11, and the Hornets won.

• Wizards 103, Lakers 100: In Los Angeles, Trevor Ariza hit a career-high seven three-pointers on his way to 25 points, John Wall added 24 points and Washington rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to win.