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Heat topples Magic, wins 27th straight

ORLANDO — LeBron James, one rebound shy of a triple double, feigned frustration as he checked out of the game.

That's about all the Heat could complain about these days.

James finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Heat won its 27th straight game by running away in the final minutes to beat the Magic 108-94 on Monday night.

Mario Chalmers scored 17, and Chris Bosh and Ray Allen each added 12 for Miami, which broke open a tie game with a 13-0 run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters. Miami pushed the lead to 20 before coach Erik Spoelstra emptied the bench in what became his 250th win with the team.

The Heat is within six games of matching the 1971-72 Lakers for the NBA's longest winning streak. It's now the second-longest winning streak in American major sports, behind only the Lakers' run. Baseball's New York Giants won 26 straight games in 1916, the New England Patriots took 21 consecutive NFL games in 2003 and 2004, and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins won 17 consecutive times in 1993.

Jameer Nelson had 27 points and 12 assists for the Magic, who got 20 points from Tobias Harris.

A 20-2 run over 4½ minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters was all it took for Miami to take control for good, and beat the Magic for the third time in three meetings this season — after a pair of earlier nail-biters.

This one, like so many others lately, hardly came easily, with Miami not putting the game away until the second half.

Both teams were missing key components, Dwyane Wade (sore right knee) for Miami and Nik Vucevic (mild concussion) for Orlando.

Wade missed his second straight contest. He said the knee had been bothering him periodically since March 9 and flared up after a collision against Boston last week. He is day-to-day for Wednesday's game at the Bulls.

There was practically a baseball All-Star team in attendance, with Ken Griffey Jr., Detroit slugger Prince Fielder and Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia all near one another opposite the Miami bench. Tigers stars Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were also in the crowd, as was Masters champion Bubba Watson.

wall scores 47: John Wall scored a career-high 47 and added eight assists, Emeka Okafor had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the host Wizards beat the Grizzlies 107-94, Wall shot 13 of 22 from the field and made a career-high 19 free throws on 24 attempts.

around the league: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is expected to miss at least a week with inflammation in his left ankle, meaning he will miss two games against the Knicks (tonight and next Monday). … Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who has missed the past six games with a bulging disc in his neck and bruised knee, said after practice Monday that the knee is healed but the neck remains a problem. His return is unclear. … Royce White is back with the Rockets' developmental league affiliate, five days after he left the team. He said a "miscommunication" was cleared up.

Heat 108, Magic 94

MIAMI (108): James 9-16 6-10 24, Haslem 3-4 0-0 6, Bosh 4-14 4-6 12, Chalmers 4-8 5-5 17, Miller 3-6 1-2 7, Battier 1-5 0-0 3, Allen 4-7 0-0 12, Andersen 3-5 1-2 7, Cole 3-5 0-0 9, Lewis 3-6 2-4 11, Howard 0-1 0-0 0, J.Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-78 19-29 108.

ORLANDO (94): Harkless 3-15 0-2 7, Harris 8-14 2-5 20, O'Quinn 6-7 0-0 12, Nelson 9-20 4-5 27, Moore 6-13 0-0 13, Nicholson 0-0 0-0 0, Udrih 1-9 5-6 7, D.Jones 3-5 0-0 6, Lamb 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 37-86 11-18 94.

Miami 28 27 23 30— 108

Orlando 28 18 22 26— 94

3-Point GoalsMiami 15-28 (Chalmers 4-5, Allen 4-6, Cole 3-4, Lewis 3-5, Battier 1-5, J.Jones 0-1, Miller 0-2), Orlando 9-24 (Nelson 5-10, Harris 2-3, Moore 1-3, Harkless 1-5, Lamb 0-1, Udrih 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 53 (Haslem 10), Orlando 54 (Harkless, Moore 9). AssistsMiami 31 (James 11), Orlando 25 (Nelson 12). Total FoulsMiami 14, Orlando 18. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second 2. A18,846 (18,500).

Hornets 110, Nuggets 86

DENVER (86): Gallinari 5-12 10-10 24, Faried 4-6 5-6 13, Koufos 1-5 1-2 3, A.Miller 3-5 3-4 9, Iguodala 2-5 2-4 6, Chandler 3-10 5-7 11, Brewer 4-12 1-2 9, McGee 1-3 0-0 2, Stone 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 2-7 2-2 7, Fournier 0-1 0-0 0, Randolph 0-0 0-0 0, Mozgov 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 25-66 31-39 86.

NEW ORLEANS (110): Aminu 4-11 5-5 13, Davis 5-8 4-4 14, Lopez 5-11 1-2 11, Roberts 5-10 2-2 13, D.Miller 6-7 0-0 16, Anderson 9-22 0-0 23, Mason 5-8 0-0 14, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Henry 1-4 0-0 2, Amundson 1-4 0-0 2, Thomas 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 41-85 14-15 110.

Denver 18 20 30 18— 86

New Orleans 27 32 27 24— 110

3-Point GoalsDenver 5-16 (Gallinari 4-6, Hamilton 1-2, Iguodala 0-2, Brewer 0-3, Chandler 0-3), New Orleans 14-25 (Anderson 5-11, Mason 4-5, D.Miller 4-5, Roberts 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 42 (Faried 7), New Orleans 52 (Anderson 9). AssistsDenver 14 (A.Miller 6), New Orleans 30 (Roberts 18). Total FoulsDenver 15, New Orleans 24. A11,185 (17,188).

Pacers 100, Hawks 94

ATLANTA (94): Smith 7-10 6-12 20, Petro 0-4 0-1 0, Horford 6-15 1-1 13, Teague 3-10 3-4 10, Jones 1-4 0-0 3, Korver 2-6 1-1 7, Tolliver 2-5 1-2 6, I.Johnson 3-5 0-0 6, Mack 4-9 0-0 10, Jenkins 3-4 2-2 8, Stevenson 3-6 0-0 6, Scott 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 36-80 15-25 94.

INDIANA (100): George 6-13 0-0 13, T.Hansbrough 6-11 0-1 12, Hibbert 8-17 1-1 17, Augustin 1-6 3-3 6, Green 6-10 5-6 19, O.Johnson 6-12 1-1 15, B.Hansbrough 0-0 0-0 0, Mahinmi 0-4 1-2 1, Pendergraph 6-10 1-1 14, Young 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 40-84 12-15 100.

Atlanta 26 17 20 31— 94

Indiana 26 32 27 15— 100

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-21 (Mack 2-4, Korver 2-4, Jones 1-2, Tolliver 1-3, Teague 1-4, Smith 0-1, Jenkins 0-1, Stevenson 0-2), Indiana 8-23 (Green 2-4, O.Johnson 2-6, Pendergraph 1-1, Young 1-1, Augustin 1-4, George 1-5, Mahinmi 0-1, T.Hansbrough 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 47 (Horford 8), Indiana 54 (Hibbert 13). AssistsAtlanta 18 (Mack, Smith 4), Indiana 18 (Augustin 5). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, Indiana 17. TechnicalsSmith, Atlanta delay of game, Pendergraph. A14,336 (18,165).

Wizards 107, Grizzlies 94

MEMPHIS (94): Prince 4-9 0-0 8, Randolph 4-8 2-2 10, Arthur 2-6 2-2 6, Conley 7-14 8-8 23, Allen 1-6 1-2 3, Bayless 5-17 4-4 14, Daye 2-3 0-0 5, Davis 3-4 3-4 9, Pondexter 5-9 0-0 14, Leuer 1-1 0-0 2, Pittman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-77 20-22 94.

WASHINGTON (107): Singleton 3-8 4-6 10, Booker 2-3 3-6 7, Okafor 9-15 3-4 21, Wall 13-22 19-24 47, Temple 3-8 0-0 7, Martin 3-9 1-4 9, Vesely 1-2 0-0 2, Seraphin 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 36-72 30-44 107.

Memphis 24 31 19 20— 94

Washington 26 29 21 31— 107

3-Point GoalsMemphis 6-16 (Pondexter 4-5, Daye 1-2, Conley 1-4, Prince 0-1, Bayless 0-4), Washington 5-13 (Wall 2-4, Martin 2-5, Temple 1-3, Singleton 0-1). Fouled OutArthur. ReboundsMemphis 46 (Randolph, Davis 7), Washington 49 (Okafor 9). AssistsMemphis 17 (Conley, Bayless 7), Washington 17 (Wall 8). Total FoulsMemphis 25, Washington 17. TechnicalsMemphis Coach Hollins, Randolph. A17,868 (20,308).

Heat topples Magic, wins 27th straight 03/25/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 11:42pm]

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