NBA: Streaking Miami Heat take down Cavaliers


Tue, Feb 26, 2013 - Page 19

LeBron James scored 28 points, while Dwyane Wade scored 11 of his 24 in the final five minutes as the Miami Heat extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak to 11 games, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-105 in a back-and-forth matchup on Sunday night.

Mario Chalmers scored 16 points, Shane Battier added 14 and Ray Allen had 11 for the Heat, who took a 22-point lead early in the second half, then prevailed despite being outscored by 30 points over a 17-minute stretch.

Miami were down eight with 5:16 remaining, and still won.

Dion Waiters scored 26 points, C.J. Miles added 19 and Kyrie Irving scored 17 for Cleveland. The Cavaliers are now 1-8 against the Heat since James signed with Miami in July 2010.

Cleveland erased a 22-point deficit in the third quarter to take the lead and led by 97-89 with 5:16 left before the Heat found a way to come back.


In Phoenix, Arizona, Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points apiece to lead six San Antonio players in double figures as the Spurs ended their nine-game road trip with a win over Phoenix.

The Spurs, with Tony Parker out because of a sore right triceps, finished their annual long journey — caused by a rodeo back home — at 7-2 to boost their NBA-best record to 45-13.

Tiago Splitter scored nine of his 14 in San Antonio’s 35-point second quarter.

Marcin Gortat scored 21 for Phoenix, 16 in the first half. Luis Scola added 15, while Goran Dragic had 10 points and 11 assists.

San Antonio beat the Suns for the sixth straight time and ninth in their past 10 meetings.

KNICKS 99, 76ERS 93

In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 22 as New York snapped their longest losing streak of the season at four with a win over Philadelphia.

Anthony made 16 of 18 free throws and also was called for a flagrant foul for the fired-up Knicks, who have fallen behind Indiana into third place in the Eastern Conference and allowed their Atlantic Division lead over the Brooklyn Nets to shrink to one game.

They were sharp enough to build a couple of big leads and turn away the runs Philadelphia made, handing the 76ers their eighth straight road loss and fifth in a row overall.

Jrue Holiday had 30 points, five rebounds and five assists for the 76ers.

In other NBA action, it was:

Thunder 102, Bulls 72

Lakers 103, Mavericks 99

Grizzlies 76, Nets 72

Trail Blazers 92, Celtics 86

Warriors 100, Timberwolves 99

Hornets 110, Kings 95