Record run for Miami Heat

Published: Wednesday | March 6, 2013 Comments 0
Miami Heat's LeBron James shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves' Greg Stiemsma (right) and Mikael Gelabale (left) defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday. Miami won 97-81. - AP
Miami Heat's LeBron James shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves' Greg Stiemsma (right) and Mikael Gelabale (left) defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday. Miami won 97-81. - AP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP):

Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and LeBron James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat earned their club-record 15th straight victory with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.

Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points at New York and J.R. Smith added 18 as the Knicks overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-97.

Steve Novak made three of New York's seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied and shook off a tough home loss on Sunday, when they blew a 16-point lead to Miami.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing Cleveland's past three games with a hyperextended right knee.

Afflalo's game-high 26

Orlando's Arron Afflalo scored five of his game-high 26 points in the final 38 seconds to lead the Magic over the New Orleans Hornets 105-102.

Jameer Nelson, returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him six games, scored 15 points and Tobias Harris also scored 15 for Orlando, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half and erased a nine-point deficit during the final 3:15.

At Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored 34 points and Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Utah Jazz 109-108 in overtime.

J.J. Redick scored 17 for the Bucks, including their first eight in overtime. Milwaukee won their fourth consecutive game after dropping three in a row following the All-Star break.

Derrick Favors equalled a career high with 23 points and added 15 rebounds for Utah, which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Corey Brewer scored 22 points and Ty Lawson had 18 in the Denver Nuggets 104-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight loss 122-105.

At Oakland, California, David Lee had 29 points and 11 rebounds to back Andrew Bogut's strong return as the Golden State Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Toronto Raptors 125-118.


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