NBA roundup: Heat win again, streak at 27
By The Associated Press
Published: Monday, March 25, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. — LeBron James left one rebound shy of a triple-double, feigning a bit of frustration as he checked out of the game.
That's about all the Heat could complain about these days.
James finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Heat won their 27th straight game by running away in the final minutes to beat the Magic, 108-94, Monday night.
Mario Chalmers scored 17, and Chris Bosh and Ray Allen each added 12 for Miami, which broke open a tie game with a 13-0 run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters. Miami eventually pushed the lead to 20 before Heat coach Erik Spoelstra emptied the bench.
The Heat now are within six games of matching the 1971-72 Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history.
A 20-2 run over 4½ minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters was all it took for Miami to take control for good.
It's now the second-longest winning streak in American major sports, behind only the Lakers' run. Baseball's New York Giants won 26 straight games in 1916, the New England Patriots took 21 consecutive NFL games in 2003 and 2004, and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins won 17 consecutive times in 1993.
Wizards 107, Grizzlies 94 — In Washington, D.C., John Wall scored a career-high 47 points and added eight assists, and Emeka Okafor had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the undermanned Wizards.
Wall shot 13 of 22 from the field and made a career-high 19 free throws on 24 attempts.
Pacers 100, Hawks 94 — In Indianapolis, Gerald Green scored 19 points, and Roy Hibbert finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the short-handed Pacers.
The Pacers (44-27) extended their Central Division lead to five games over Chicago with 11 games to play. They did it despite playing without Danny Granger, George Hill, Lance Stephenson or David West. All four sat out with injuries.
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