Heat Rally From 27 Down, Top Cleveland for 24th Straight Victory

The Miami Heat overcame a 27-point second-half deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-95 and win their 24th straight game, extending the second-longest victory streak in National Basketball Association history.

LeBron James had 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who had rallied from a 17-point deficit to win their 23rd straight two nights ago at Boston. The three-time NBA Most Valuable Player also had 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Miami improved its NBA-best record to 53-14. Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers have a longer streak, with 33 consecutive victories.

Cleveland finished the second quarter with a 23-3 run to take a 21-point halftime lead, outscoring the Heat 23-10 in that period.

The Cavaliers led by 27 points with about seven minutes left in the third period before Shane Battier made a trio of 3-pointers to pull Miami within nine points entering the fourth quarter.

James, 28, had eight straight points as Miami opened the final period with a 9-0 run to tie the game 77-77, and he added a 3-pointer to give Miami an 80-79 lead. The Heat, who have not lost since Feb. 3, did not trail again.

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