LeBron James scored 25 points and the Miami Heat’s club-record win streak reached 17 games, matching the longest in the NBA this season, with a 102-93 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, while Chris Bosh contributed 16 and Ray Allen added 12 for the defending NBA champions Heat, who improved the best record in the Eastern Conference to 46-14 while dropping the 76ers to 23-38.
The Heat pulled even with an early season run by the Los Angeles Clippers for the season’s longest win streak and can seize the mark for themselves alone with a home victory tonight against Indiana.
James, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, also contributed 10 rebounds and five assists for the Heat.
Thaddeus Young scored 25 points in a losing cause as Philadelphia lost for the fourth game in a row.
The 76ers led 51-47 at half-time, but Miami battled back in the third quarter and led 76-75 entering the final period.
James sparked a 17-6 Heat run to open the fourth quarter and seal the triumph. He and Wade each made two layups in the deciding spurt.
Miami last lost on Feb. 1 at Indiana, and the Heat last dropped a home game on Jan. 4 against Chicago.
ROCKETS 94, WARRIORS 88
In Oakland, California, Chandler Parsons scored 26 points, while James Harden had 20 points and 11 assists as the Houston Rockets overcame a horrendous shooting performance to beat the Golden State Warriors.
Jeremy Lin added 15 points and seven rebounds to help Houston improve to 3-0 against his former team this season in a matchup for Western Conference playoff position.
Stephen Curry had 24 points and eight assists and Klay Thompson scored 22 points for Golden State, who fell to 2-1 during their season-long seven-game homestand.
NETS 95, WIZARDS 78
In New York, Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine three-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Washington Wizards.
Williams made his first eight shots behind the arc, became the first player in a decade to match the opposing team’s score in the first half, and was one shy of the NBA record of 12 three-pointers as the Nets opened a huge early lead and coasted.
He missed from straightaway with 1 minute, 8 seconds left in the game, leaving him one shy of the record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
John Wall had 16 points for the Wizards, who played without rookie guard Bradley Beal, their leading scorer, because of a sprained left ankle and lost for the fourth time in five games.
THUNDER 116, BOBCATS 94
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Bobcats for their fourth straight victory.
Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha both had 13 points for the Thunder, who blew open a close game with 19-0 run to start the second quarter. Serge Ibaka scored 12 points, and Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin each chipped in with 11.
The Thunder shot 59 percent from the field in the first three quarters to build a 90-66 lead and rested their starters the rest of the way.
Gerald Henderson scored 21 points to lead the Bobcats, who have lost nine straight overall and 22 of their past 24 games at home.
PACERS 115, MAGIC 86
In Orlando, Florida, Paul George had 25 points and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 and the Indiana Pacers used a big first half to roll past the Orlando Magic.