Heat 108, Raptors 91: Back where their winning streak started on Super Bowl Sunday, the Miami Heat kept rolling right into March Madness. The Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter yesterday to defeat host Toronto for its 22nd consecutive victory.
Heat 108, Raptors 91: Back where their winning streak started on Super Bowl Sunday, the Miami Heat kept rolling right into March Madness.
The Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter yesterday to defeat host Toronto for its 22nd consecutive victory.
"It's a special ride right now that we're on," LeBron James said. "The best thing about it is we're doing it together."
James had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his career-best 32nd double-double of the season, Dwyane Wade had 24 points and nine assists and Ray Allen got 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the reigning NBA champion.
Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets' run of 22 straight victories. The NBA's longest streak is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Miami will try to move into sole possession of second place tonight when it visits the Boston Celtics - who ended the Rockets' run five years ago and have won 11 in a row at home.
"If there's any group that would be motivated in a circumstance like this, it's that team in green," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I don't know if the streak will be a big factor but they love playing against us, and vice versa."
The Heat has faced the Celtics twice this season. Miami won 120-107 at home in the season opener and lost 100-98 in double-overtime on the road on Jan. 27, the day Boston learned that Rajon Rondo needed knee surgery.
Winners of two straight, the Celtics might be without veteran forward Kevin Garnett tonight. Garnett sat out Saturday's victory over Charlotte because of a strained left thigh and is day-to-day.YESTERDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
Thunder 107, Mavericks 101: Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Russell Westbrook finished with 35 points, including the go-ahead jumper with a minute left, for visiting Oklahoma City.
Durant was 3 of 9 from the floor before hitting seven shots in a row during a stretch in the fourth quarter.
Westbrook connected on a 17-footer to give the Thunder a 103-101 lead. With a chance to tie on the next possession, Durant forced Dallas into a shot-clock violation when he blocked Mike James' jumper.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, including two free throws for the Mavericks to tie the score at 101 with 1:20 left.
Clippers 93, Knicks 80: Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, Caron Butler added 14 points and Los Angeles defeated New York at home for the first time since February 2009.
J.R. Smith scored 17 points and Raymond Felton 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.
Bucks 115, Magic 109: Monta Ellis scored a season-high 39 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter, for host Milwaukee.