NBA | Heat wins 23rd in row for 2nd-longest streak
LeBron James, who had 37 points and 12 assists, knocks the ball away from the Celtics’ Paul Pierce in the second quarter.
Heat 105, Celtics 103: LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead visiting Miami to its 23rd consecutive victory, the second-longest streak in NBA history.
The Heat surpassed the 22 straight that Houston won in 2007-08 and trails only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
James finished with 37 points and 12 assists as the Heat won in Boston in the regular season for the first time in 11 tries despite a career-high 43 points from Jeff Green. The Celtics were without Kevin Garnett, who had the flu and a strained left thigh.
Paul Pierce had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Boston, but he missed a three-point attempt with three seconds left that could have given the Celtics the victory.
Mario Chalmers scored 21 points for Miami, which has not lost since Feb. 1.
Boston led by as many as 17 in the first half, but the score was tied at 103 when Miami got the ball with 33 seconds left. James dribbled down the shot clock before putting up a jumper from the right wing to take the lead.
Green drove into the lane for Boston, but he was stuffed by Shane Battier; the ball went out of bounds and, after replay, was given to the Celtics with 7.1 seconds left.
Courtney Lee found Pierce for an open three-point try, but the ball bounced long off the rim and Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who scored 16 points, tipped the rebound to the corner and then grabbed it.
The game came exactly five years — to the day — after Boston ended Houston’s 22-game winning streak.
LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
Pacers 111, Cavaliers 90: Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Indiana. West missed the game because of a sprained lower back, but the Pacers dominated without their second-leading scorer.
C.J. Miles had 21 points for the Cavaliers, who lost guard Dion Waiters after the first quarter because of a sore left knee. They also were without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for the fourth straight game because of a sprained left shoulder.
The bad blood that has developed between the teams this season surfaced again late in the third quarter when Cavaliers center Marreese Speights was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 on Paul George, who was driving for a fast-break layup when Speights grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the floor. Speights was ejected.
The teams had an altercation in their first meeting when Tristan Thompson and Hansbrough had to be separated after Thompson caught Hansbrough’s younger brother, Ben, with an errant elbow. Tyler Hansbrough and Daniel Gibson exchanged words when the teams met in December.
Thompson had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which has lost three in a row.
Mavericks 127, Hawks 113: Darren Collison scored 24 points and visiting Dallas set season highs for points in a half and a game. Dallas led 68-55 at halftime and kept adding to the lead in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki, who had 22 points, hit two free throws as the Mavericks reached 100 with their first points of the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his knees today.