The Miami Heat matched the second- longest winning streak in National Basketball Association history at 22 games by pulling away for a 108-91 road win over the Toronto Raptors.
LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who outscored the Raptors 31-14 over the final 11 minutes yesterday in Toronto to snap a 77-77 tie. Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points during the fourth quarter.
Miami improved its NBA-best record to 51-14 and tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-best winning streak in league history. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers set the all-time record with 33 consecutive victories.
“It’s a special ride right now that we’re on and I think the best thing about it is we’re doing it together,” James told reporters. “We’re doing it for one another and just want to try to keep it going.”
The Heat have won 10 straight road games during their run, which dates back to Feb. 3. They next play tonight in Boston against the Celtics (36-29), who five seasons ago ended the Rockets’ run of 22 straight wins.
The New York Knicks lost on the road by more than 10 points for the fourth straight time, falling 93-80 yesterday to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists to lead the Clippers (46-21) in the matchup of division leaders. The Knicks (38-26), who played without the injured Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire, remained one game ahead of Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division as the Nets lost 105-93 yesterday to the Atlanta Hawks.
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