The Miami Heat extended the second-longest winning streak in National Basketball Association history to 27 by opening a four-game road trip with a 108-94 victory against the Orlando Magic.
LeBron James had 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Heat, who were tied 68-68 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter in Orlando before taking control with a 20-2 scoring run. James had 18 points in the second half.
Miami improved its record to 56-14 and pulled within six wins of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33-game winning streak, the longest in league history.
Mario Chalmers added 17 points for the Heat, who again played without Dwyane Wade because of a sore right knee.
The Heat next play tomorrow in Chicago against the Bulls (37-31) before visiting the New Orleans Hornets (24-46) on March 29 and the San Antonio Spurs (53-16) two days later. Miami hasn’t lost since Feb. 3.
“We’ve been playing in a lot of competitive games over this streak, so we look forward to going to Chicago and playing against a very well-coached, defensive-minded team,” James said in a televised interview. “We’ll be ready for it and look forward to the challenge.”
Miami’s winning streak is the second-longest in the four major U.S. professional sports. The Heat had been tied with Major League Baseball’s New York Giants, who also won 26 games in a row during the 1916 season.
The Heat continued their run on the same night the Denver Nuggets had their streak of 15 straight NBA wins end with a 110-86 road loss to the Hornets.