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    NBA roundup: Heat make it 22 wins in a row

    The Heat’s LeBron James had 22 points and 12 rebounds against the Raptors.
    The Heat’s LeBron James had 22 points and 12 rebounds against the Raptors.

    The streak, which started on Super Bowl Sunday, kept rolling right into March Madness.

    The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history Sunday, pulling away in the fourth quarter to beat the host Toronto Raptors, 108-91, for their 22d consecutive victory.

    ‘‘It’s a special ride right now that we’re on,’’ LeBron James said. ‘‘The best thing about it is we’re doing it together.’’


    James had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade had 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 20 points — 16 in the fourth quarter — for the defending NBA champions.

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    Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat matched the 22 consecutive wins recorded by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets.

    Miami will try to move into sole possession of second on Monday when it visits the Celtics — who ended the Rockets’ run five years ago and have won 11 in a row at home.

    ‘‘If there’s any group that would be motivated in a circumstance like this, it’s that team in green,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ‘‘I don’t know if the streak will be a big factor but they love playing against us, and vice versa. That’s what happens when you meet a team consecutively in the playoffs. There’s a history there, and that’s what makes these games special.’’

    Wade called the looming matchup with Boston ‘‘a great challenge.’’


    ‘‘I think we'll be ready for it,’’ he said. ‘‘We've got to get our rest and we've got to know we’re going to have a dogfight on our hands.’’

    Miami blew it open behind Allen’s 3-point shooting (4 for 6) after Toronto tied it at 77 early in the fourth quarter.

    ‘‘Those [3-pointers] are what we feared for so many years [when Allen was with Boston],’’ Spoelstra said. ‘‘He can turn a game around just like that.’’

    Rudy Gay scored 27 and Amir Johnson had 18 points and 18 rebounds as the Raptors lost their 11th straight against Miami.

    The Raptors outrebounded the Heat, 51-26.


    Clippers 93, Knicks 80 — Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists and Caron Butler added 14 points as host Los Angeles beat ailing New York in a meeting of division leaders.

    Blake Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who pulled away in the second half of their first home win over New York since Feb. 2009.

    J.R. Smith scored 17 points and Raymond Felton had 16 for the Knicks, who played without Carmelo Anthony (right knee) and Tyson Chandler (left knee) in their fourth straight blowout loss on a five-game trip.

    Hawks 105, Nets 93 — Al Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Atlanta dominated the fourth quarter to keep Brooklyn from tying the Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division.

    Josh Smith added 21 points and seven boards for the Hawks, who won their third straight by outscoring the Nets, 34-20, in the final period.

    Reggie Evans had a season-high 14 points and grabbed 22 rebounds for the Nets, who head out for an eight-game road trip.

    Lakers 113, Kings 102 — Antawn Jamison scored 27 points, Metta World Peace added 22, and Los Angeles won at home without Kobe Bryant, beating Sacramento for its sixth victory in seven games.

    Bryant missed his first game of the season to rest his sprained left ankle, making a game-time decision. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni used just seven players.

    Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points and Patrick Patterson had 22 for the Kings, who played without DeMarcus Cousins (left quadriceps).

    Thunder 107, Mavericks 101 — Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook had 35, including the go-ahead jumper with one minute left, and Oklahoma City won in Dallas.

    Westbrook connected on a 17-footer to give the Thunder a 103-101 lead. Durant then forced Dallas into a shot-clock violation when he blocked Mike James’s desperation jumper.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points for the Mavericks.

    Warriors 108, Rockets 78 — Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Klay Thompson added 26 with six 3-pointers as Golden State beat host Houston.

    James Harden and Jeremy Lin scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets, who now trail Golden State by 1½ games for the No. 6 seed in the West.

    Golden State snapped a five-game skid to the Rockets and got some payback for a 140-109 loss in Houston on Feb. 5.

    The Warriors held Houston to season-low point totals in the first quarter (10) and first half (31), and won in Houston for the first time since Dec. 31, 2007.

    Bucks 115, Magic 109 — Monta Ellis scored a season-high 39 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter, as host Milwaukee rallied from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando.

    Timberwolves 97, Hornets 95 — Derrick Williams had a career-high 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 with six assists as host Minnesota beat New Orleans.