LeBron James led Miami to its 23rd consecutive victory, the second-longest streak in NBA history. The Heat beat the Celtics 105-103 in Boston after trailing by 17 points in the first half.
BOSTON — LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead the Miami Heat to its 23rd consecutive victory, the second-longest streak in NBA history, with a 105-103 decision over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
The Heat surpassed the 22 straight Houston won in 2007-08 and trails only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
James scored 37 points and had 12 assists. The Heat won in Boston in the regular season for the first time in 11 tries despite a career-high 43 points from the Celtics’ Jeff Green, a former Sonic. Boston was without Kevin Garnett, who has the flu and a left-thigh strain.
Paul Pierce had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Celtics. But he missed a three-point attempt with three seconds left that would have put Boston ahead.
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Mario Chalmers scored 21 points for Miami, which has not lost since Feb. 1.
Boston led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but the score was 103-all when James dribbled down the shot clock before making a 21-footer over Green.
“We grew again tonight and that’s big for our team,” James said after the Heat’s largest comeback of the season.
The game was played exactly five years after Boston ended Houston’s 22-game winning streak.
streak to 12
CHICAGO — Andre Iguodala’s three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent the Denver Nuggets to their 12th consecutive win, a 119-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Reserve Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 35 points.
Ex-Washington Huskies standout Nate Robinson, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored 34 points for Chicago.
The Bulls lost for the seventh time in 11 games.
• Spencer Hawes, a former Seattle Prep and UW Huskies player, contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds to help the Philadelphia 76ers edge visiting Portland 101-100.
LaMarcus Aldridge, who led the Trail Blazers with 32 points and 14 rebounds, missed a potential winning shot over Hawes.
• A person familiar with the decision says Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum, 25, will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday.
Bynum, a former Los Angeles Laker, can become an unrestricted free agent and might never play a game for the Sixers.
• The Lakers, playing without injured Kobe Bryant for the second night in a row, lost 99-76 at Phoenix.