Late in the third quarter, the score was tied and the Miami Heat winning streak seemed to be in jeopardy. Then LeBron James got mad. And then the Orlando Magic had no chance.
James finished with 24 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds, throwing down a dunk to start a huge run that decided everything and the Heat won their 27th straight game by topping the Magic, 108-94, Monday night in Orlando.
‘‘We are not taking this team for granted,’’ James said. ‘‘I continue to always say that in professional sports, wins are hard to come by and teams like this are really rare. To be part of a team like this, we do not take it for granted.’’
That dunk — which came one possession after James badly missed a layup and got frustrated — started what became a 20-2 run over merely a 4½-minute portion of the third and fourth quarters, and it put the Heat in control for good.
He left one rebound shy of a triple-double, feigning disappointment. That’s about all the Heat could complain about afterward.
Mario Chalmers scored 17, and Chris Bosh and Ray Allen each added 12 for Miami, giving Heat coach Erik Spoelstra his 250th win and bringing the reigning NBA champions within six games of matching the Lakers for the longest winning streak in league history, a 33-game run.
Miami's Dwyane Wade missed his second straight game because of a sore right knee.
Hornets 110, Nuggets 86 — Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, Brian Roberts doubled his career high with 18 assists, and host New Orleans ended Denver’s 15-game win streak.
New Orleans, playing without its starting backcourt of Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez, won its third in a row and was in control all the way.
Danilo Gallinari had 24 points for the Nuggets, who were without starting point guard Ty Lawson (right heel injury) for the third consecutive game.
Wizards 107, Grizzlies 94 — John Wall scored a career-high 47 points and added eight assists to lift host Washington.
Warriors 109, Lakers 103 — Stephen Curry, David Lee, and Klay Thompson combined for 70 points and host Golden State built a 23-point halftime lead and then held off a late Lakers rally.
Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 36 points but was 2 for 10 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Pacers 100, Hawks 94 — In Indianapolis, Gerald Green scored 19 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the shorthanded Pacers. Indiana played without the injured Danny Granger, George Hill, Lance Stephenson, and David West.
Jazz 107, 76ers 91 — Randy Foye scored 17 points and Gordon Hayward added 15 as host Utah snapped a four-game losing streak.