NBA Roundup

LeBron James of the Heat drives past Amir Johnson of the Raptors, left, during the second half of Sunday's game at Toronto. James scored 22 points as the Heat won their 22nd straight game, 108-91.
LeBron James of the Heat drives past Amir Johnson of the Raptors, left, during the second half of Sunday's game at Toronto. James scored 22 points as the Heat won their 22nd straight game, 108-91. Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP photo

Heat 108, Raptors 91

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

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

Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The longest is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Miami will try to move into sole possession of second on Monday when it visits the Boston Celtics - who ended the Rockets' run five years ago.

The Heat's 10th straight road win came in the same city where their streak started with a 100-85 victory over the Raptors on Feb. 3 - Super Bowl Sunday.

They've kept rolling right into March Madness.

Miami blew it open behind Allen's 3-point shooting after Toronto tied it at 77 early in the fourth quarter.

Toronto is the third team with multiple losses to the Heat during the streak. Miami has beaten Philadelphia three times and Atlanta twice.

Rudy Gay scored 27 and Amir Johnson had 18 points and 18 rebounds as the Raptors lost their 11th straight against Miami, extending their longest active losing streak against a single opponent.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points, and Terrence Ross and DeMar DeRozan each had 12 for the Raptors, whose last victory over the Heat was a 111-103 home win on Jan. 27, 2010 - when Bosh still played for Toronto and James was in Cleveland.

Clippers 93, Knicks 80

Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, Caron Butler added 14 points, and Los Angeles beat injury-depleted New York in a meeting of division leaders.

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

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

New York's Atlantic Division lead over Brooklyn dwindled to a half-game heading into the Nets' home game against Atlanta later Sunday.

Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups each scored 12 points for the Clippers, who went up by 19 points in the fourth quarter and comfortably weathered New York's final run to wrap up Los Angeles coach Vinny Del Negro's 200th career victory.

With four straight double-digit losses on its five-game West Coast trip, New York understandably isn't faring well without Anthony, the NBA's second-leading scorer with 27.5 points per game, and top rebounder Chandler.

Anthony and Chandler both couldn't finish a loss to the Nuggets four days earlier. Anthony left in the third quarter of his long-anticipated return to Denver, and eventually needed fluid drained from his right knee, making his return uncertain.

Chandler bruised his left knee in Denver, and both stars missed the Knicks' visit to Portland last Thursday night.

New York also is still without Amare Stoudemire, who will be out for at least six more weeks after recently undergoing surgery on his right knee. The Knicks finish their trip in Utah tonight.

Hawks 105, Nets 93

Al Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Atlanta dominated the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn, keeping the Nets from tying 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. Neither team led by more than six points over the first three quarters and the game was tied with under 9 minutes to play before Atlanta broke it open with a 19-6 run.

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

Bucks 115, Magic 109

Monta Ellis scored a season-high 39 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter, and Milwaukee rallied for a win over Orlando.

Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which ended a three-game losing streak. Brandon Jennings had 15 points and 14 assists.

The Bucks ended the game on a 30-12 lead to pull out the victory over the Magic, who led most of the game. Orlando has lost seven of its last nine games.

Timberwolves 97, Hornets 95

Derrick Williams scored a career-high 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 with six assists as Minnesota beat New Orleans.

The Wolves got a lift in the final seconds from two players who hadn't seen appeared in a game in more than two weeks when Nikola Pekovic hit two free throws to pull Minnesota ahead for good, and Andrei Kirilenko blocked Eric Gordon's driving layup with 4.6 seconds to play.

Greivis Vasquez led the Hornets with 24 points and Robin Lopez had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Warriors 108, Rockets 78

Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 26 with six 3-pointers, and Golden State stayed ahead of Houston in the Western Conference standings with a win over the Rockets.

James Harden and Jeremy Lin scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets, who now trail Golden State by 1 1-2 games for the No. 6 seed in the West.

Golden State snapped a five-game losing streak to the Rockets and got some payback for a 140-109 loss in Houston on Feb. 5, the Warriors' most lopsided loss of the season. The Rockets scored a season-high point total in that one and a season-low point total on Sunday night.

Golden State also 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.

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 1 minute left, and Oklahoma City beat Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, including two free throws for the Mavericks to tie the score at 101 with 1:20 left. Dallas, however, didn't score after that.

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