LeBron, Bosh buck Milwaukee with 28 each
APMILWAUKEE--LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points as the Miami Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-94 in the NBA on Friday for their 21st straight win.
March 17, 2013, 12:31 am TWN
Only three other teams have won 20 in a row in one season, and the Heat now trail just the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33) and the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22).
They withstood an early scare when Dwyane Wade walked to the locker room with a neck strain after crashing to the court. Miami led by as much as 17 in the third quarter, then withstood a push by the Bucks to remain unbeaten since a loss at Indiana on Feb. 1.
Miami next plays Sunday at Toronto, where the winning streak began on Feb. 3.
Bosh hit from all angles and was 12 of 16 in the game, nailing two 3-pointers. He even converted a four-point play that made it 67-53 about five minutes into the third quarter.
Wade finished with 20 points as the Heat avenged a loss at Milwaukee in late December.
Lakers 99, Pacers 93 Kobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, then watched Dwight Howard complete a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left to help Los Angeles hold off Indiana.
Bryant started two nights after he was hurt in a game against the Atlanta Hawks, but was ineffective. He went 0 for 4 in the first quarter, then went to the bench and did not return. He spent the second half holding a black box with wires running down to the injured ankle as he cheered on the Lakers.
Howard finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Metta World Peace had 19 points.
George Hill scored 27 points and Paul George had 20 for Indiana.
Thunder 117, Magic 104 Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 to help Oklahoma City keep up its dominant play at home with a victory over Orlando.
The Thunder scored a season-high 73 points in the first half, shooting 64 percent from the floor and converting 18 of 22 free throws. Oklahoma City led by 27 in the second quarter before Orlando pulled to 73-56 at the break.
Rockets 108, Timberwolves 100 James Harden scored 37 points and Jeremy Lin had 24 as Houston rallied from 20 points down in the third quarter to beat Minnesota.
Harden also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out eight assists for the Rockets, who stayed two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the No. 7 spot in the NBA Western Conference.
Derrick Williams and Jose Barea scored 19 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who led 59-39 early in the third quarter. The Rockets held Minnesota to only 16 field goals the rest of the way.
Hawks 107, Suns 94 Josh Smith made a strong return to Atlanta's lineup with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Hawks easily beat Phoenix.
Smith had missed one game with a sprained left knee. All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, with Al Horford adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Kyle Korver had four 3-pointers and 16 points. Devin Harris had 15 and DeShawn Stevenson scored 12.
Bulls 113, Warriors 95 Luol Deng scored 23 points and Carlos Boozer had 21 points and nine rebounds as Chicago bounced back from its most lopsided loss of the season to whip Golden State.
Two nights after a 121-79 shellacking at Sacramento that renewed calls for Derrick Rose's return, the Bulls outscored the Warriors 38-17 in the third quarter to end a season-high, five-game road losing streak.
Nate Robinson added 20 points and seven assists, while Joakim Noah finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which had lost four of five overall.
Mavericks 96, Cavaliers 86 Rodrigue Beaubois scored 18 points off the bench and keyed a fourth-quarter run to lead Dallas past Cleveland.
Beaubois had seven points and two assists in a 17-4 run that gave Dallas the lead for good to start the fourth.
Reserves Darren Collison and Brandan Wright each scored 13 to pace a Mavericks bench that outscored the Cavaliers' 60-19.