Heat take down 76ers for 20th straight
APPHILADELPHIA -- LeBron James scored 27 points as the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 on Wednesday night and become the fourth team to win at least 20 consecutive games in a season.
March 15, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Dwyane Wade added 21 as the Heat needed big baskets over the final 2 minutes to top the Sixers for the milestone win.
Only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20). The Washington Capitols also won 20 straight, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign.
Thaddeus Young had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers.
Hawks 96, Lakers 92 In Atlanta, Devin Harris scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket and short-handed Atlanta shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant to end a three-game losing streak.
Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime but watched his jumper slide off the rim with 3 seconds remaining. Making matters worse, he landed on Dahntay Jones' foot and twisted his left ankle, crumpling to the court in pain.
Bryant hobbled off and Kyle Korver knocked down two free throws to clinch it.
Atlanta won for just the second time in eight games despite missing Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.
Grizzlies 96, Clippers 85 Los Angeles, Marc Gasol scored 21 points, Tayshaun Prince added 18 and surging Memphis got its 14th victory in 15 games.
Mike Conley had 17 points and 11 assists, and Zach Randolph scored 13 points as the Grizzlies hung on in the fourth quarter of back-to-back games for their sixth straight victory. Memphis followed up last night's road win in Portland with a tenacious effort against the Clippers, who have lost three of five.
Memphis (44-19) is percentage points ahead of Los Angeles (45-21) for third place in the Western Conference, although the Clippers are the Pacific Division leaders.
Chris Paul had 24 points and nine assists, and Blake Griffin added 22 points for the Clippers, who won the clubs' first two meetings this season.
From left, Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard gather around Kobe Bryant as he lays on the floor after being injured in the final ...
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