NBA roundup: Heat beat Pacers, get 18th straight win

Miami Heat forward LeBron James shot over Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi in Miami March 10, 2013.
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James shot over Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi in Miami March 10, 2013.

Mario Chalmers scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 24, and the Heat won their 18th straight game, easily topping the Indiana Pacers, 105-91, on Sunday night in Miami.

The 18-game streak ties the seventh longest in NBA history, and is the league’s best since the Celtics won 19 straight during the 2008-09 season. Miami will try for No. 19 when it hosts Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points for the Heat, who controlled the game despite a season-low 13 points from LeBron James. David West had 24 points for the Pacers.


Lakers 90, Bulls 81 — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 21 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant added 19 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds as host Los Angeles beat Chicago.

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Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 points, and Joakim Noah had 18 points and 17 rebounds.

Raptors, 100, Cavaliers 96 — Amir Johnson’s 17 points 16 rebounds led host Toronto over Cleveland. Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was knocked out by a shoulder injury in the third quarter after he collided with the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas.

Magic 99, 76ers 91 — Jameer Nelson had 24 points and 10 assists, and Nik Vucevic added 14 points and 17 rebounds as host Orlando held off Philadelphia.

Mavericks 100, Timberwolves 77 — Vince Carter had 22 points and nine rebounds to help visiting Dallas defeat Minnesota.


Hornets 98, Trail Blazers 96 — Ryan Anderson capped a 20-point game with a layup as he was fouled with 1.8 seconds left as host New Orleans rallied past Portland.

Clippers 129, Pistons 97 — Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul added 20 as Los Angeles routed visiting Detroit.

Bucks 115, Kings 113 — Monta Ellis had 29 points as Milwaukee beat host Sacramento, which received 24 points and 10 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins before he was ejected in the third quarter following a flagrant-2 foul for elbowing Mike Dunleavy.