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Heat Rally Past Celtics for 23rd Straight Win, 2nd-Best NBA Run

Heat Rally Past Celtics for 23rd Straight Win, 2nd-Best NBA Run
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives the ball against Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on March 18, 2013. Photographer: Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

LeBron James scored 37 points and the Miami Heat overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 105-103 and win their 23rd straight game, the second-longest streak in National Basketball Association history.

Miami improved its NBA-best record to 52-14 and broke a tie with the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-best winning streak in league history. Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers have a longer run, with 33 consecutive victories.

Jeff Green scored 43 points for the Celtics, who had a 17-0 run at the end of the first quarter and built a 15-point lead at 53-38 with four minutes left before halftime.

The Heat scored the first eight points of the third period to take a brief lead, only to have the Celtics respond and take a four-point lead after three quarters,

Boston opened the final period with a 14-5 run to rebuild a 13-point lead. Miami responded with an 18-4 run to regain the lead. With the score tied 103-103, James hit a long jumper with 10.5 seconds remaining for the decisive points.

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