March 25 (Bloomberg) -- The Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 26 games with a 109-77 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats, as LeBron James had 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to help erase an 11-point first-quarter deficit.
The Heat improved their record to 55-14 and pulled within seven wins of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest run in National Basketball Association history.
The Bobcats, who were outscored 62-38 in the second half, have an NBA-worst 16-54 record.
The Heat overcame the absence of All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, who sat out last night’s game because of a sore right knee. Chris Bosh and Norris Cole each scored 15 points for Miami, which hasn’t lost since Feb. 3 and now goes on the road for games in Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans and San Antonio.
“This team is built around a lot of depth, veterans, guys who are going to be able to step in,” James told reporters. “The feeling that D-Wade was out was that, ‘OK, we’ll find someone to step up.’ It wasn’t a big thing.’”
The San Antonio Spurs have the NBA’s second-best record at 53-17 after last night’s 96-95 loss to the Houston Rockets.
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