Heat pulls away from Raptors, wins 22nd straight-A A +A
Monday, March 18, 2013
TORONTO -- The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history Sunday, 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 equaled the mark set by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets. The record is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Miami will try to move into sole possession of second on Monday when it visits the Boston Celtics — who ended the Rockets' run five years ago.
Lakers forward Antawn Jamison scored 27 points and Metta World Peace added 22 as Los Angeles beat the Sacramento Kings 113-102 without Kobe Bryant for their sixth victory in seven games.
Bryant missed his first game of the season to rest his sprained left ankle, making a game-time decision to rest his aching joint.
Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points and Patrick Patterson had 22 for the Kings.
At Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored a season-high 39 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter, to rally the Milwaukee Bucks past the Orlando Magic 115-109.
Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which ended a three-game losing streak. Brandon Jennings had 15 points and 14 assists.
Arron Afflalo had 24 points and rookie Maurice Harkless had a career-high 23 for the Magic.
Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists at Los Angeles and Caron Butler added 14 point as the Clippers beat injury-depleted New York Knicks 93-80.
Blake Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who steadily pulled away in the second half of their first home win over the Knicks since February 2009.
The Golden State stayed ahead of Houston in the Western Conference standings as Stephen Curry scored 29 points, and Klay Thompson had 26 with six 3-pointers to lead the Warriors past the Houston Rockets 108-78
James Harden and Jeremy Lin scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets, who now trail the Warriors by 1½ games for the No. 6 seed in the West.
In other games, the Minnesota Timberwolves edged the New Orleans Hornets 97-95, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-101 and the Atlanta Hawks downed the Brooklyn Nets 105-93. (AP)