Heat survive Celtics for 23rd consecutive win

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BOSTON — LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead Miami to its 23rd consecutive victory, 105-103 over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

Boston's Avery Bradley shoots between Miami's Chris Bosh (left) and Dwyane Wade during the first quarter.  MICHAEL DWYER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MICHAEL DWYER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Boston's Avery Bradley shoots between Miami's Chris Bosh (left) and Dwyane Wade during the first quarter.

It’s the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, surpassing the 22 in a row that Houston won in 2007-08 and trailing only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

James scored 37 with 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 has the flu and a left thigh strain.

Paul Pierce had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Celtics. But he missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left that could have given Boston the win.

MAVERICKS 127, HAWKS 113

In Atlanta, Darren Collison scored 24 points as hot-shooting 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 final period.

Dallas made 57.3 percent of its shots (51 of 89). The Hawks also had a strong night on offense, shooting 56 percent from the field with eight scorers in double figures, but could come no closer than 11 points in the second half.

PACERS 111, CAVALIERS 90

In Cleveland, Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana.

David West missed the game with a sprained lower back sustained Saturday against Philadelphia, but the Pacers dominated without their second-leading scorer.

NUGGETS 119, BULLS 118 (OT)

In Chicago, Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent Denver to its 12th consecutive win.

Reserve Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 35 points, Corey Brewer added 16 and Ty Lawson 13.

NETS 119, PISTONS 82

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes as Brooklyn routed hapless Detroit in the opener of its eight-game road trip.

Detroit lost its ninth in a row and fell to 2-13 since the All-Star break.

BOBCATS 119, WIZARDS 114

In Charlotte, Gerald Henderson had 27 points, Kemba Walker came up big late and the Bobcats snapped the Wizards’ three-game win streak.

GRIZZLIES 92, TIMBERWOLVES 77

In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley had 20 points and six assists and the Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak.

Conley was 8 of 14 from the field and connected on 3 of 6 from beyond the arc to help Memphis its 10th win in a row in the series.

76ERS 101, TRAIL BLAZERS 100

In Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead the 76ers.

The Sixers wasted a 14-point lead and Portland took the lead late in the fourth. Holiday rallied the Sixers and stretched the lead to 101-97 on a pair of free throws.

WARRIORS 93, HORNETS 72

In New Orleans, Stephen Curry scored 30 points, David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Golden State thumbed the Hornets.


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