MIAMI — Mario Chalmers scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 24 and the Miami Heat won their 18th consecutive game, easily topping the Indiana Pacers 105-91 on Sunday night.
The 18-game streak ties the seventh longest in NBA history, and is the league’s best since the Boston Celtics won 19 straight during the 2008-09 season. Miami will try for No. 19 when it hosts Atlanta on Tuesday night.
The win also gave Miami (47-14) a victory over every NBA team this season. The Heat lost both previous meetings with Indiana.
David West scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half for the Pacers, who fell nine games behind Miami in the Eastern Conference standings. Roy Hibbert scored 15, D.J. Augustin had 14 and Paul George scored 10 for Indiana.
LAKERS 90, BULLS 81
In Los Angeles, Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Kobe Bryant chipped in with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Los Angeles.
The Lakers improved to 33-31, the first time this season they have been two games over .500. They also moved one-half game ahead of the Utah Jazz and into sole possession of the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 points, and Joakim Noah had 18 points and 17 rebounds.
THUNDER 91, CELTICS 79
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 15 points and the Thunder stretched their winning streak to five games.
Paul Pierce had 20 points to lead Boston, which had its own run of five straight wins broken. Kevin Garnett chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.
RAPTORS 100, CAVALIERS 96
In Toronto, Amir Johnson scored 17 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds, and Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Cavaliers star guard Kyrie Irving was knocked out by an apparent shoulder injury late in the third quarter as Cleveland lost for the fourth time in five games.
MAGIC 99, 76ERS 91
In Orlando, Fla., Jameer Nelson had 24 points and 10 assists, and Nik Vucevic added 14 points and 17 rebounds. The win ended the Magic’s seven-game home losing streak, their longest skid in Orlando since 2003-04.
HORNETS 98, TRAIL BLAZERS 96
In New Orleans, Ryan Anderson capped a 20-point performance with a layup as he was fouled with 1.8 seconds left, and the Hornets snapped a three-game skid.
MAVERICKS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 77
In Minneapolis, Vince Carter had 22 points and nine rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points for Dallas.
Brandan Wright added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won three in a row.