Heat Win Easily – NBA Roundup For March 25th
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat's 26th consecutive victory was a blowout.
The Heat didn't missed an injured Dwyane (dwayn) Wade as they coasted to a 109-77 pounding of Charlotte. LeBron James finished with 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, while Chris Bosh and Norris Cole each chipped in 15 points.
Wade was held from the lineup because of right knee soreness that the team believes is minor.
Miami is within seven of the NBA record for consecutive victories set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Also in the NBA, Houston beat San Antonio 96-95 on James Harden's off-balance jumper with 4.5 seconds left. Harden scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half as the Rockets rallied from three down in the final minute to snap a four-game losing streak to the Spurs.
Oklahoma hammered Portland 103-83 behind Kevin Durant's 24 points and 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and fueled a key third-quarter spurt that helped the Thunder pull within 1 1/2 games of the West-leading Spurs.
Brooklyn was a 102-100 winner over Phoenix as Dereon Williams contributed 21 points and 11 assists for the Nets. Brook Lopez added 20 points, Kris Humphries 17 and C.J. Watson 14 to help the Nets win without an injured Joe Johnson.
Chicago knocked off Minnesota 104-97 behind Nate Robinson's 22 points and 10 assists. Carlos Boozer added 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Bulls win the battle of the boards 52-32.
Atlanta put together a 9-1 run over the final 65 seconds to beat Milwaukee 104-99. Al Horford scored 24 points for the Hawks, while Josh Smith added 23 and nine rebounds.
Mike James scored a season-high 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 as Dallas beat Utah 113-108. Vince Carter and Shawn Marion each had 15 points for the Mavericks, who moved within two games of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Philadelphia had dropped 14 straight road games before Dorrell Wright hit six three-pointers and had 22 points in a 117-103 win at Sacramento.