Heat extend winning streak to 26 with win over Bobcats

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Miami's LeBron James looks to pass as Charlotte's Jeff Taylor defends. The Heat continued the second-longest winning streak in league history Sunday night.  J PAT CARTER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami's LeBron James looks to pass as Charlotte's Jeff Taylor defends. The Heat continued the second-longest winning streak in league history Sunday night.

MIAMI — LeBron James finished with 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, Chris Bosh added 15 points and the Miami Heat won their 26th consecutive game, topping the Charlotte Bobcats 109-77 on Sunday night.

Norris Cole scored 15 and Ray Allen added 14 for the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade, held from the lineup because of right knee soreness that the team believes is minor. The Heat are now seven wins shy of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the league record of 33.

Charlotte led by 11 in the early going and was within five in the third quarter, but two huge spurts by the Heat were more than enough to put the game away. Miami used a 31-6 run in the first half to erase the deficit, and a 26-5 blitz in the second half finished the job.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 20 points.

ROCKETS 96, SPURS 95

In Houston, James Harden sank an off-balance jumper with 4.5 seconds left to lift Houston to the victory.

Harden scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half as the Rockets rallied from three down in the final minute to snap a four-game losing streak to their state rivals.

Tony Parker scored 23 points for San Antonio.

Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and Asik grabbed 14 rebounds for the Rockets.

BULLS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 97

In Minneapolis, Nate Robinson had 22 points and 10 assists and Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago.

Luol Deng scored 17 points and Taj Gibson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls.

Derrick Williams scored 28 points for the Timberwolves.

THUNDER 103, TRAIL BLAZERS 83

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook fueled a key third-quarter spurt and the Thunder pulled away for the win.

Westbrook finished with 21 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 on 7-of-9 shooting for Oklahoma City (52-19), which moved within 1½ games of San Antonio in the race for the Western Conference’s top playoff spot.

The Blazers fell three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the West’s eighth and final playoff spot.

MAVERICKS 113, JAZZ 108

In Dallas, Mike James scored a season-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and Dallas beat slumping Utah.

Vince Carter and Shawn Marion each had 15 points as the Mavericks moved within two games of the Lakers for the last playoff spot.


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