Heat Take 21st Straight
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, looks to pass around Indiana Pacers forward Paul George in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Milwaukee — LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat made it 21 straight wins, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-94. 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) after moving ahead of the 1970-71 Bucks.
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.
Wizards 96, Hornets 87
Washington — John Wall put on a rare shooting show last night, scoring a season-high 29 points and matching his career high with three 3-pointers as the Wizards ran their home winning streak to four.
Wall went 12 for 15 from the field, including 3 for 3 from 3-point range, displaying an outside touch that’s been mostly absent since he was chosen No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft. He entered last night’s game just 3 for 20 from 3-point range for the season, and he was a mere 3 for 42 last season.
Raptors 92, Bobcats 78
Toronto — Rudy Gay scored 28 points, Amir Johnson had 12 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, and Toronto Raptors beat Charlotte.
Joey Dorsey was the last Toronto player to record 20 rebounds, doing it April 11, 2011, at Milwaukee.
Sebastian Telfair scored 11 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 as the Raptors won for just the third time in 10 games.
Gerald Henderson, coming off a career-best, 35-point performance in the Bobcats’ 100-74 victory over Boston on Tuesday, scored 22 points. Kemba Walker added 20, and Ben Gordon and Josh McRoberts each had 10 for Charlotte, which has won just one of 11 and four of its past 26.
Lakers 99, Pacers 93
Indianapolis — Kobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, but Dwight Howard completed a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left to help Los Angeles hold off the Indiana.
Bryant started two nights after he was hurt 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 (35-32).
Hawks 107, Suns 94
Atlanta — Josh Smith made a strong return to Atlanta’s lineup with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Hawks led by double figures throughout the final period of their victory over Phoenix.
Smith returned to Atlanta’s lineup after missing one game with a sprained left knee. All five starters scored in double figures, with Al Horford adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Houston — James Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin had 24 and 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 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.
Mavericks 96, Cavaliers 86
Dallas — Rodrigue Beaubois scored 18 points off the bench and keyed a fourth-quarter run to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-86.
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.
Cleveland’s Dion Waiters had 21 points and Shaun Livingston chipped with 13. The Cavaliers, who were playing their second game without All-Star Kyrie Irving, shot 37 percent and turned the ball over six times in the fourth quarter.