Washington's John Wall heads for the rack and two of his game-high 19 points in the Wizards' 88-79 victory over the Suns in Phoenix.


CLEVELAND - Miami's winning streak was in danger of disappearing - in the most unimaginable setting.

LeBron James wouldn't give up.

"That guy right there doesn't want to lose in this building," teammate Dwayne Wade said, nodding toward James. "Not tonight."

James scored 25 points as the Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the third quarter and won their 24th straight game, 98-95 over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night to extend the second-longest winning streak in NBA history to 24 games.

The Heat are within nine games of matching the record of 33 consecutive wins held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

• Wizards 88, Suns 79: In Phoenix, John Wall scored 19 points and Washington Wizards won in Phoenix for the first time in in more than six years.

Washington snapped a five-game losing streak in Phoenix and swept the Suns for the first time since 2001-02. Earlier this season, Milwaukee snapped a 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.

Wesley Johnson and Goran Dragic scored 18 points apiece and Luis Scola added 11 in a reserve role for the Suns, who have lost five of six.

Phoenix, already without center Marcin Gortat, saw backup center Jermaine O'Neal leave the game with 1:05 left with an apparent left leg injury.

• Knicks 106, Magic 94: In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points after missing the previous three games with a knee injury to lead the Knicks.

• Nets 113, Mavericks 96: In Dallas, Brook Lopez scored 38 points and Deron Williams had 31 in his first visit to Dallas since spurning his hometown team in free agency.

• Rockets 100, Jazz 93: In Houston, James Harden had 29 points and the Rockets improved their positioning in the Western Conference race. They are No. 7 in the West and lead the Lakers by 1 1/2 games and are three ahead of the sliding Jazz.

• Grizzlies 90, Thunder 89, OT: In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol tipped in Zach Randolph's miss with less than a second left in overtime for Memphis.

• Hornets 87, Celtics 86: In New Orleans, Anthony Davis outreached Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green for a last-second tip-in, and the Hornets snapped a four-game skid .

• Spurs 104, Warriors 93: In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks as the Spurs beat Golden State.

• Bobcats 107, Raptors 101: In Charlotte, N.C., Byron Mullens scored 25 points as Charlotte won consecutive games for the first time since mid-November.

• Hawks 98, Bucks 90: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 27 points and Al Horford had 26, taking control after a sluggish first quarter to lead Atlanta past Milwaukee.

• Clippers 101, 76ers 72: In Los Angeles, Chris Paul scored 19 points, Caron Butler added 14 and the Clippers bounced back to win a day after losing in Sacramento. Los Angeles improved to 27-8 at home. The Clippers won three in a row against Philadelphia for the first time since 2006-07.

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• Former UA star Chase Budinger, rehabbing a knee injury for Minnesota, practiced five-on-five Wednesday for the first time since he tore the meniscus in his left knee in January. If his knee responds well this morning, he plans to play tonight in Sacramento.